"Star 69" as written by and Peter Buck Bill Berry....
You don't have to take the bar exam to see
What you've done is ignoramus 103
What've I got to hang my hat on
You don't have a pot to pee in
All this just to be your friend
I was there until the end
Extortion and arson, petty larceny

I know you called, I know you called, I know you called
I know you called, I know you called, I know you hung up my line
Star sixty nine

I know all about the warehouse fire
I know squirrelys didn't chew the wires
Three people have my number
The other two were with me
I don't like to tell-tell but I'm not your patsy
This time you have gone too far with me


Why'd you put your quarter down on me?
This reads like some dork inside edition hard copy
I can't be your character witness
I can't be your alibi
Doorbell rings it's the FBI
We learned spy vs. spy
You my friend, are guilty as can be

I know you called, I know you called, I know you called
I know you called, I know you called, I know you hung up my line
I know you called, I know you called, I know you called
I know you called, I know you called, I can't be your alibi
Star 69

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"Star 69" as written by Peter Buck Bill Berry

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentStar 69 is Automatic Call Back telephone service in the USA. It allows you to automatically redial the last incoming call to your phone line by dialing *69
    Onlineon May 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI suppose this song is about the mind games people play when calling each other. Someone is guilty of calling him. I don't know why he is guilty or what he is guilty of, however. Maybe this song is a response to someone who mysteriously calls him but acts like he doesn't exist or plays some other games.
    stoolhardyon February 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSeems to me one of his friends did something illegal (perhaps literally burned a warehouse down? I dunno) and is now turning to him for an alabi. Thanks to *69 and the fact that the only other people with the number were with the recipient, he knows who called him and who committed the crime. Sounds like he's going to turn his buddy in too. Then again, maybe that's a bit to litteral of an interpretation...
    JackRon April 03, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationI think JackR is right. Also I think that the guy who committed the crime is trying to put the blame on the narrator too, or at least, the character from whose point of view the story is told is trying to distance himself from the whole mess that his friend has caused.
    Marquezon May 21, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThere's a connection between this song and "Star me Kitten" from Automatic For The People.
    On both songs, there is Star in the title, and they mention two other people who "have the keys"/"have the number".
    The same characters are mentioned in both songs, which is something Michael Stipe does sometimes.
    yellowtton November 03, 2017   Link

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