"Constellations" as written by and Jack Johnson....
The light was leaving and the west it was blue
The children's laughter saying they're skipping just like the stones they threw
The voices echoed across the ways, it's getting late

It was just another night with the sunset and
The moon rise not so far behind
To give us just enough light
To lay down underneath the stars listening to
Papa's translations of the stories across the sky, we drew our own constellations

The west winds often last too long
But when they come down nothing ever feels the same
Sheltered under the Kamani tree waiting for the passing rain
Clouds keep moving to uncover the sea
Stars above us chasing the day away
To find the stories that we sometimes need
Listen close enough all else fades
Fades away

It was just another night with the sunset and
The moon rise not so far behind
To give us just enough light
To lay down underneath the stars listening to
All the translations of the stories across the sky to do our own constellations


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"Constellations" as written by Jack Hody Johnson

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  • +2
    General CommentJohnson: "That's one I wrote while I was surfing. I was out longboarding in California. The sun had just set and the moon was rising so it was real nice. It was also summertime and warm, so I could stay out and surf for a while. I was alone, it was really calm and the wind was dead and it was a real magical night. The wind was nonexistent so you could hear things from really far away. And I could hear these kids who were laughing and skipping rocks on the beach. All their dads were there and it was kind of like dads' night out camping with the kids on the beach. The were all sitting around this little campfire and the kids were playing. And it just started getting me thinking about sailing canoe trips my father and I took around the island when I was younger. He'd always show me all the constellations up in the sky and tell me the stories about Pleiades being chased by Taurus the bull, Orion coming to save Pleiades and Orion's little dog following right next to him. Those stories always stuck with me, as did just the time we spent learning about the stars. It was a really nice thing. He always explained to me that the stars made him feel like he was never really lost. That if he found himself somewhere where he didn't know where he was and looked up into the sky at night, he could see where the stars were and put the puzzle together. It made him feel a little more at home anywhere he was in the world. I've noticed with myself now when I travel, that if I'm able to place a few of the constellations I'll get a better sense of where I am in the world." (thanks, Jerry R - da 561, FL)
    ericantooon May 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBest song on the album. Reminds me of the nights when we were young and my parents would take my brother and I out to see the fireworks, just a serene experience.
    Rageron March 13, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is like big hug when you're sad. It just makes you feel better imediately...

    I need a hug, now.
    love your buttonson December 11, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis makes teenagers like me look forward to having kids and live such blissful moments.
    Opuscularon January 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy favorite line "To find the stories that we sometimes need, listen close enough and all else fades, fades away"...Classic Jack Johnson =)
    poisonformyvainson March 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentaww this song is so beautiful. i think its about those summer nights when he was a child, and listening to his dad describe the translations in the night sky..so beautiful..i love this song!
    imgunnin4uon March 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDef. the best song on the album though No Other Way does come close. It makes me just want to hit the beach and relax, no worries just chillin' with your loved ones. This is what Jack is all about and thats why I love this song.
    Timmah85on April 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe stars up in the sky are one of the most important things to the culture of Hawai'i. If you're Hawaiian, your family is up there in the stars. Hawaiian canoe navigators use stars and the winds to travel across the Pacific Ocean, without any modern instruments.

    If you ever get a chance to come to Hawai'i, you will see that out in the country, the sky is amazing and you will see the most beautiful stars out there. The Kamani tree is a tree that could grow along the shore, and what better place to tell stories of ancient times using the constellations than a Kamani tree. This song is amazing.
    pupulegon July 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAnd it was just another night
    With a sunset and a moonrise
    Not too far behind to give us just enough light
    To lay down underneath the stars
    We listened to Papa’s translations
    Of the stories across the sky
    We drew our own constellations

    best jack johnson lyrics ever.. i
    chadiddlyon December 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwhen i bought this CD i was listening to it a lot and i was at my beloved camp...yeah i kno it gay but i love it. anyway this song really reminds me of the summer nights i had at camp(being a cousulor)

    "And it was just another night
    With a sunset and a moonrise
    Not so far behind to give us just enough light
    To lay down underneath the stars
    Listen to all translations
    Of the stories across the sky
    We drew our own constellations"

    we used to star gaze all the time....
    rlogrl14on January 19, 2006   Link

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