"Big Star" as written by and Gary Michael Louris....
I'm flat-busted
Wild-eyed and free
I couldn't get arrested if I tried
A has-been at a mere thirty-five

Straight, honest, forthright and true
Great expectations for someone
Doesn't anybody know how to have fun
But I'm

Gonna be a Big Star
I'm gonna be a Big Star someday
I'm gonna be a Big Star someday

Grape's bitter
I'm no quitter
Revolutions come one by one
Seems it's high noon and I ain't got no gun

But it's so hard
So hard
So hard getting by

Gonna be a Big Star
I'm gonna be a Big Star someday
I'm gonna be a Big Star someday

Fine bourbon, Cuban cigars
Rude remarks observed at the C.C. Bar
I'm perfecting the finest art of wasting hours
But I'm

Gonna be a Big Star
I'm gonna be a Big Star someday
I'm gonna be a Big Star someday

I'm gonna be a Big Star
I'm gonna be a Big Star someday


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"Big Star" as written by Gary Michael Louris Gary Louris

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    General CommentLove this song.

    I think it's about him getting older ( has-been at a mere thirty-five ) and yet still believing he'll be a 'big star'. Either way this is a lot of fun - it was in a VH1 commercial a while ago and I got all excited. Definitely take a listen if you haven't heard it.

    The Jayhawks are so underrated.
    fireplaceon November 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe title is a reference to the classic power pop band Big Star, a major influence on Gary Louris. That reference makes the chorus ironic, though, since Big Star never even got close to being huge.
    Michialon September 06, 2005   Link

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