"Satellite" as written by and Ryan M. Miller Adam S. Gardner....
Shining like a work of art
Hanging on a wall of stars
Are you what I think you are?

You're my satellite
You're riding with me tonight
Passenger side, lighting the sky
Always the first star that I find
You're my satellite

Elevator to the moon
Whistling our favorite tune
Trying to get a closer view

You're my satellite
You're riding with me tonight
Passenger side, lighting the sky
Always the first star that I find
You're my satellite

Maybe you will always be
Just a little out of reach

You're my satellite
You're riding with me tonight
Passenger side, lighting the sky
Always the first star that I find
You're my satellite
You're my satellite


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  • +7
    Song MeaningI agree about the "it's about a girl he likes but can't have" think, but the title lyric has a bit more meaning for me. I don't think about it like a heavenly body, but as a man-made satellite around the earth.

    I can't be the only one who, when stargazing, was disappointed to find out that the brightest stars were satellites. I always felt like they were imposters who managed to be more brilliant than the genuine thing. I feel like it's very much like a line from a different song, "We know who we should love, but we're never certain."

    Much like satellites, he is attracted to this girl he isn't supposed to be. (Your favorite star CAN'T be a satellite, it loses the romance of stargazing) The same way, she's someone in his life that he isn't SUPPOSED to love, someone that others would see as an 'imposter,' like a friend's girlfriend/sister, a teacher, someone much older/younger, etc. This also could be taken as a homosexual reference (The one he loves the most is a boy amongst the girls that he is SUPPOSED to like) but that may be taking it too far.

    I hope I gave someone food for thought!
    Jestereron December 24, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think you're right but I still think it's more than that. I think it's about finding someone who you think is perfect and everything you've ever looked for, and then not being able to have that for some reason or another. And maybe it's better that way, because then they'll always be on that perfect pedestal and you'll always have something to reach after. But who knows. It's kind of a bittersweet song, except upbeat and amazing.
    XTREMECorCoron June 23, 2006   Link
  • +2
    MemoryI sing it to my son as a lullaby. Except we change the out of reach bit to Maybe you will always be, just a little bit like me. He will orbit me for a little while! ;)
    goodnighttinyon April 22, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionI believe it's actually "Whistling our favorite tune" not "Just a little favorite tune"
    invinvibleon May 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that you have the right idea, but you aren't quite right.

    I agree that "you" is a girl who is unattainable, but I don't think she actually exists. I think that she is just the image of a "perfect" girl (shining like a work of art?) who the singer always feels like he almost sees in many girls, but she only exists in the sky.

    He is always "trying to get a closer view" and finding out if she is "who I think you are" but she is always out of reach.
    jedimasterjelinon October 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song so much. I grew up with guster and never before have i connected with a song so much. I mean i think we all can relate that theres a dream girl out there that is as close as perfection that we can ever reach... yet she is always a little bit out of reach.
    IloveConspiracieson February 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI lost my virginity to this song
    sarah0814on August 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about the Sputnik program. The following supports:
    - It caught the US by surprise ("Are you what I think you are?")
    - it reflects Western Cold War paranoia ("Always the first star that I find", i.e, cannot think of anything else)
    - it spurred the US space program ("Elevator to the moon")
    - it scaled the arms race ("Maybe you will always be / Just a little out of reach")
    - it encouraged the formation of ARPA [now DARPA] ("Passenger side, lighting the sky")
    - it indirectly led to the rule of Vladimir Putin ("Shining like a work of art", also "Just a little favorite tune")
    hello981on May 05, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBrilliant song. Brilliant lyrics. Can't get enough of it.
    shockdelicaon October 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFirst time I heard this was on Pandora, with exactly the girl I thought the song described. We've been together, but I can never really get to her. We separate, see other people, then she just keeps popping up, and it seems so perfect at the time that I can't figure out why we're not just always together. I truly can't figure out what's really in her head. And maybe it's better that way.
    momacon October 08, 2011   Link

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