"Star" as written by Robert John Lange, Bryan Adams and Michael Arnold Kamen....
Tony went to fight in Belfast
Rudi stayed at home to starve
I could make it all worthwhile
As a rock and roll star
Bevan tried to change the nation
Sonny wants to turn the world, well he can tell you that he tried
I could make a transformation as a rock and roll star

So inviting, so enticing to play the part
I could play the wild mutation
As a rock and roll star, get it on yeah

I could do with the money
I'm so wiped out with things as they are
I'd send my photograph to my honey and I'd c'mon like
A regular superstar

I could make a transformation
As a rock and roll star

So inviting, so enticing to play the part
I could play the wild mutation
As a rock and roll star, get it on yeah

I could do with the money
I'm so wiped out with things as they are
I'd send my photograph to my honey and I'd c'mon like
A regular superstar

I could fall asleep at night
As a rock and roll star
I could fall in love all right
As a rock and roll star

Rock and roll star
Rock and roll star
Just watch me now


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"Star" as written by David Bowie

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  • +3
    Song MeaningLike so many have said before, this album is A-C-E. There isn't a bad or even mediocre tune on it - consistent, well-ordered and above all designed to inspire.

    "I could fall in love alright as a Rock'n'roll Star..."
    LEnferon September 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song, alone, is a pretty straight forward song about people becoming rock stars to try to make a difference in the world. However, when brought together with Ziggy, I think that it's no surprise that a song called "Star" among an album full of space and star imagery is actually about becoming a rock star, rather than stars in general. Kind of showing the connection between being a rock star and traveling the final frontier.
    clearlygonemadon October 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is an anthem for glam rock. david bowie talks about rock stars and what they've done and what he could do if he was on..it's a great song all in all.
    jaquiseeon January 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love at the end. "Watch me now..." Good stuff. Another fun song to dance too.
    Bonehead XLon June 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI actually tooko this kind of on face value - as if he was talking about his "friends" (i originally though roomates - perhaps at college, before he got famous), and what happened when, basically, they'd blown all their money, probably on drugs. They all seem to have ambitions, and he thinks his if the only one vaguely sensible one - like, "yeahh, i'll become a rock star to pay for our daily baked beans on toast!".

    he's also laughing at them, in a friendly way - "well, he can tell you that he tried,".
    TheRealTashMaybeon November 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's Ziggy seeing what a few people on earth are doing to try and make the world a better place, failing, and then saying that he could do a better job through music. He also just dreams about how much fun it would be and how cool it'd feel all the time, doing regular things as a rock 'n' roll star...

    I could fall asleep at night as a rock & roll star
    I could fall in love all right as a rock & roll star
    peasantchickon May 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNai Bevan did change the nation - but who is Sonny?
    Nai Bevan set up the NHS in the UK
    nagromnaion November 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoesn't he sing "I'd send my money back to my honey"?

    It doesn't sound at all like "photograph."
    vchamberlainon April 04, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLook at the first verse. All these people are seemingly sacrificing all ot part of their lives for a greater cause. The subject who sings the song is sacrificing nothing to become a star but still feels he can make a difference yet he wants to appear that he is sacrificing "...I can do with the money, I'm so wiped out with things as they are...", "..
    So inviting, so enticing to play the part.
    I could play the wild mutation
    As a rock and roll star...". No sacrifice only selfishness.

    Don't get caught up in the album. Contrary to what people say this is not an album about Ziggy Stardust (unlike Tommy which is an opera about the pinball wizard). Ziggy is a character in one of the songs but it its only a collection of songs.
    fatnaton June 26, 2016   Link

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