"International Rock Star" as written by Torquil John Campbell and Christopher Allen Seligman....
"The whole of England must be searching for me. Well, sooner or later, they're going to find me."
"Never. Because, you see...they're looking for you, alright. But nobody's looking for me."

International rock star
That would make the day go down easy
Crucified in my sports car
I've got high hopes that things end famously

And then there's love
To keep keeping you down
You find release
In the big time

International rock star
That would make the pain go away
The last one standing at the bar
Is the dream that'll have to do for today

And then there's love
To keep keeping you down
You find some peace
In the big time

Until then
Until then
Until then
I'll keep you
Locked up tight
In my collection

"How long are you going to keep me here?"
"I don't know. It depends."
"On what? On my falling in love with you? If that's what you think, I'll be here 'til I die. Now go away. Go away! Take it over..."


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"International Rock Star" as written by Torquil John Campbell Christopher Allen Seligman

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    General CommentI believe the spoken part is from a 1965 movie called "The Collector". The last verse (until then/I'll keep you/locked up tight/in my collection) is probably inspired by that too.
    Airycaon December 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAs the first girl said, the spoken part seems to be from The Collector a movie about a kinda crazy, loner, butterfly collecting man who stalks and kidnaps a young woman to make her fall in love with him. As the IMDB one line summary put it, "A man kidnaps a woman and holds her hostage just for the pleasure of having her there," which besides the woman bit, is what I think the song is about.

    Also, the lyrics don't contain one thing that supports this, where at the end it goes,

    (It's funny)
    Until then
    Until then
    Until then
    (It's getting easier)
    I'll keep you
    Locked up tight
    In my collection

    I think this song is about someone who has a big dream, like being a rock star, but keeps it locked away as a comforting ambition that he will never actually follow. "It's funny/it's getting easier" is about how, surprisingly, that gets easier with time.
    myidentityon January 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGod i love stars!
    okay so this is a shot in the dark, purely based on my own opinion:
    okay i think it is about a man who has throwen himself into the "LA sceen" or something with the underlying principles, ie drugs, money, fame,&sex, to escape from the pain of either not finding love (leading epmty life) or lossing a true love:
    And then there's love
    To keep keeping you down
    You find release
    In the big time

    the second verus i tink is talking about a girl hes going to take home: "the last one standing at the bar is the dream that will have to do for today."

    the last line, mentioning collectiong, could either be refering to him memory or to the collectiong of girls hes had meaningless relationships with.

    Also the movie references could exemplify his mind set and his desperation for love.
    nikpon January 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGod i love stars!
    okay so this is a shot in the dark, purely based on my own opinion:
    okay i think it is about a man who has throwen himself into the "LA sceen" or something with the underlying principles, ie drugs, money, fame,&sex, to escape from the pain of either not finding love (leading epmty life) or lossing a true love:
    And then there's love
    To keep keeping you down
    You find release
    In the big time

    the second verus i tink is talking about a girl hes going to take home: "the last one standing at the bar is the dream that will have to do for today."

    the last line, mentioning collectiong, could either be refering to him memory or to the collectiong of girls hes had meaningless relationships with.

    Also the movie references could exemplify his mind set and his desperation for love.
    nikpon January 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe last line the girl says should be "Think it over." I've always liked this song... because of the dark theme. What I've always thought was it was about a guy who had a large obsession with a girl, who is somewhat famous. That's because I take things a bit too literally... after reading what people have said on here, my view has changed somewhat... There can be other interpretations. Generally, yeah, you can be rich and famous, but without love, are you really worth anything?
    alexial39on April 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentRent The Collector. This song is based on that movie. It is a really good movie, very chilling like the song. All I kept thinking about when I was looking at the movie was the end of this song where he goes:

    (Well it's funny)
    Until then
    Until then
    Until then
    (This is getting easy)
    I'll keep you
    Locked up tight
    In my collection

    Great song.
    NYC Ladyon May 09, 2008   Link

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