Stars

“Moons and Junes and ferris wheels,
The dizzy dancing way that you feel

As every fairy tale comes real,
I’ve looked at love that way.”

“But now it’s just another show.
You leave ’em laughing when you go

And if you care, don’t let them know,
Don’t give yourself away.”

“I’ve looked at love from both sides now,
from give and take, and still somehow
it’s love’s illusions that I recall.
I really don’t know love at all.”

© Joni Mitchell, Both Sides Now from the album Clouds, 1969.

This was written in 2013, whilst I was still finding my lyrical feet. It is one of the more unusual works in that the music came first before the words. The meaning again, given the circumstances at the time, self explanatory. The music came, like a lot of the tracks at that time, from free MIDI piano loops carefully put together to form the basis of the track.

It didnt have any story to it as such; if anything, its probably a sort-of-accidental-Coldplay/R&B-ish kind of love song. I say Coldplay because while it does have structure, it does kind of veer off in its own direction from time to time, as opposed to being conventional.

….With, the obvious dark edges though, because it talks of people in different dimensions to each other and the only place they can be together again is in the stars in the heavens. I think it would suit an R&B/Soulful singer and while there has been a version of this cut with 1980s style synths, it does seem to suit a solo piano and voice better.

Stars

Dont think I believe in heaven
But I know its where you’ll be
But the only place, that you should be now
Is right here next to me

I tried to hold so tightly onto hope
Cos you meant so much to me
Now I know theres so many words I should have spoke
and guilt is in my tears

Even stars need the dark to shine
And the rain always needs to fall
Whisper your wish into the palm of your hand
And set it free before you start to fall

Though you’re thousands of miles away from home
In a different world to me
Our two souls will never be apart…
You stole my heart from me

Even stars need the dark to shine
And the rain always needs to fall
Whisper your wish into the palm of your hand
And set it free before you start to fall

Heaven sends you like the morning sun
But we know we shouldnt be here
Trying so hard to sleep alone at night
Would be easier if you were near

When this distance is keeping us apart
Remember I still hold you deep inside my heart
And when this night together, together cant be ours…

Just close your eyes and meet me in the stars…

© 2013 Words & Music by Steve McCarthy-Hunt

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