Lightning Crashes (5:25)

Cover of Throwing Copper

From Throwing Copper and 59 other releases

“Lightning Crashes” is a song by alternative rock group Live from their 1994 album, Throwing Copper.

While it wasn’t officially released as a commercially purchasable single in the United States, the song received enough radio airplay to peak at the #12 position on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay music chart in 1995. The song also topped the Billboard Album Rock Tracks (10 weeks) and Hot Modern Rock Tracks (9 weeks) charts also in 1995. Because it was not released as a commercial single in the United States, it was ineligible for the Billboard Hot 100. Despite this, the song is considered to be the biggest hit of Live’s career.

The song was also a top 40 hit in the United Kingdom. The U.K. single was released in several formats and versions.

The band dedicated the song to Barbara Lewis, a 19 year-old friend of the band who was killed in 1993 by a drunk driver who was fleeing from the police after a robbery in York, Pennsylvania. Barbara had many of her organs donated including a liver to a 10 month old baby, and the song lyrics reflect how her death enabled others to continue living.


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  • EvilGeniuses


    14 Nov 5:21pm Reply
  • petitpedro

    This one is epic, and that guitar at 3:34 is just so sweet, no doubt 90's were the best era for Alternative Rock music

    7 Feb 1:03am Reply
  • DeathNoteAddict

    pawdraig, nice comment .-.

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • DeathNoteAddict

    The part at 1:39, "The angel closes her eyyees..." is beautiful <3

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • cosmic_storm

    Love it!! =)

    18 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Bren_den

    Top 20 songs of the 90's, no doubt! (No pun intended)

    13 Jul 2013 Reply
  • tresfoufou

    This song reminds of driving with friends/stupid crushes/disappointments/and a lot of other things to deep to get into.

    18 Jun 2013 Reply
  • TheEternalCity

    More Live songs please!

    3 Jun 2013 Reply
  • pawdraig

    I love the way they refer to the human spirit as "The Angel", and the experience of life as "The Confusion". The Angel can never die; it just left the old mother and was reborn into the new baby. The old mother is freed from The Confusion by death, while the new baby confronts it for the first time. In both ways, passing the torch from one to another. I don't think anything supernatural is necessarily meant by this. It's rather a beautiful metaphor for that part of humanity that is carried onwards into the future even though we ourselves will die. The human spirit is our greatest inheritance.

    1 Apr 2013 Reply
  • cairhien

    A brilliant album, 'I Alone' got me into them but this whole album is as good.

    19 Mar 2013 Reply
  • shedonist


    6 Mar 2013 Reply
  • djrainbowdash

    This song is amazing. <3

    12 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Ghostalusion

    90s <3

    16 Jan 2013 Reply
  • wellagainbrege

    sweet song!!

    8 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Taiteki

    Ahh, growing up in the 90's. This song is the key that unlocks some magical memories.

    7 Dec 2012 Reply
  • NihilisticRobot

    hecmann, I wouldn't go as far to say that this is one of the Top 20 songs of all time, but it's been awhile since music this good has been made.

    4 Dec 2012 Reply
  • chasekite


    28 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Eye_Gore

    Love Throwing Copper!

    11 Oct 2012 Reply
  • tad72

    i've seen these guys on stage and they kill it man. it was a magical night, on the riverfront in fall, i will never forget it.

    17 Sep 2012 Reply
  • CAVermeer

    GOOODD I love this so much. Just feels so amazing.

    4 Sep 2012 Reply
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