Traced out is a fixed expression, meaning "outlined".
In the context, having "city lights" in the same sentence, the expression "traced out" seems like the better expression.http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qdWqpGj-Wgg/T ... ostone.jpgLooked down from a broken sky traced out by the city lights
My world from a mile high, best seat in the house tonight, touched down on the cold black tile
Hold on for the sudden stop breath in the familiar shock. Of confusion and chaos
Are those people going somewhere? Why have I never cared?http://ecclesiaofwomen.ning.com/forum/t ... to-sripadaOur path was traced out for us by more than 250 flourescent lamps along the trail snaking up the mountainside...
It has also the meaning of "drawn" as in:
The wind - still very strong - was sending small clouds of sand across the beach into the sea, complex patterns being traced out across the ground.http://cairn-in-the-mist.blogspot.com.b ... chive.html