"Rock Star" as written by and Benjamin Scott Folds....
If you want to be free
Then I want you to be
You're not mine anymore
You're public property

You're a slave to these people
Who don't even know you
You think they adore you
They do then they throw you away

Give the people what they want
You've got to give
The people what they want
Got to give
The people what they want

Rockstar

You can shine all alone
But you still need your friends
To remind you you're nothing
Unless you're plugged in

'Cause, baby, the truth is
You need their approval
They tell you you're cool
Hey, but look how you pay for it

Give the people what they want
You've got to give
The people what they want
Got to give
The people what they want

Rockstar
Rockstar
Rockstar

Oh, is that what you are?
There must be thousands of you

So your time is in crumbs now
Your image is dumbed down
You're full of it now
What about when it runs out?

'Cause maybe you'll come back
And maybe I'll be here
You're already gone so just go
'Cause they're waiting for you

Yeah you

You've got to give
The people what they want
Got to give
The people what they want


Oh, is that what you are?


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"Rockstar" as written by Ben Folds

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    General Commenti think this song is about loving someone who has a sort of sudden image change and takes on a kind of "rock star" persona, trying to impress everyone. but in the end, the same people this person is trying to please reject her, and she is burnt out.
    x_emobangs_xon May 28, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyou may be correct emobangs but to me its just about real life rockstars. it's sooo true what he says. .cuz it really is the people and fans that make them cool and awesome rockstars so give the people what they want. it might be even a little bit of a joke in a way cuz maybe this is how he feels about himself. .that unfortunately he's public property and so on.
    Madison5on June 25, 2004   Link
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    General Commentit's about a waitress.

    "you've got to give the people what they want"

    it's true, i swears...
    sham_onon October 16, 2004   Link
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    General Commentum...i think this song is about being a rockstar. just a guess.
    high fidelityon December 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI actually read that this song IS about a waiter/waitress. (I thought I remember seeing waiter). Anyway, if it is, it's really cool how being a waiter is similar to being a rockstar. You have to give the people what they want. The money's a little different I guess, but hey...
    southernanthemon September 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think song is about a waiter but also be yourself and not giving into the public/media
    ipaidmymoneyon December 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti now see how it could be about a waiter/waitress.... but i still like thinking about it as him singing about being a rock star. I think that interpretation works well also.
    mohawk1guyon April 23, 2007   Link

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