"Release the Stars" as written by and Rufus Wainwright....
Why do you keep all your stars in from your studio on Melrose Avenue?
You have lost all your assets owned in life-long contracts to you
Didn't you know that old Hollywood is over?

Oh, can't you see all the good that celebrity can do for those in the dark?
Yes, of course, I am speaking in metaphors for something more in your heart
Didn't you know that old Hollywood is over?

So why not just release the gates and let them all come out?
Remember that without them there would be no Paramount
No paramount need to hold on to what isn't yours
Release the stars

The more that you fight
Then the more they will scrutinize and realize just your size
And, believe me, you are no match for a public that has seen the whites of your eyes
Didn't you know that old Hollywood is over?

Old Hollywood is over
So why not just release the gates and let them all come out?
Remember that without them there would be no Paramount
No paramount need to hold on to what isn't yours
Release the stars

Release the stars, release your love, release the stars
Release your love 'cause Hollywood is over
Why do you keep all your stars in from your studio on Melrose Avenue?


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"Release the Stars" as written by Rufus Wainwright

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    General CommentWhy has only one person commented on this song?! It's so beyond fabulous! The sound of it is so cool because it sounds like an old song, and he's saying that old Hollywood is over, so it ties into the theme.

    PennyT, you're right it is about celebrities being restricted by their public image. The way that Hollywood works is that many homosexual actors and actresses cannot come out because their agencies feel that homophobic people would "boycott", for lack of a better term, the celebrities, which would affect the agencies, so thus they must "play it straight". Celebs who do come out are taking the huge risk of being rejected by their fans and agents, so thus many of them do not come out. So basically Rufus is saying that people are being old-fashioned and need to accept the fact that homosexuality exists in the world today.
    KMJ08on August 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIs this about famous people being in the closet? or at least restricted by their public image. Perhaps that's a bit literal. Nice song though.
    PennyTon May 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOnly 2 comments? I love this song, it's so beautiful!
    Scianaphobiaon September 01, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe song is written to and about teddy thompson.
    dangubaon October 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's so patronising when he says he is 'speaking in metaphores', we get it. He does that in another song too. And saying that hollywood is over and then having a hollywood sound to the record is a bit of a confliction.
    pennycrayolaon November 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentand it's about Jake Gyllenhall
    pennycrayolaon November 23, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Nobody's Off the Hook" is actually about Teddy Thompson, not this one.

    This song is fucking brilliant live. That's about all I've got to contribute, though.
    somethingrugbyon December 01, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Nobody's Off the Hook" is actually about Teddy Thompson, not this one.

    my mistake
    dangubaon February 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Something Rugby, this was awesome live.

    I don't know if it's specifically about gay actors and actresses... it seems to be more like a metaphor. I just love the title of it anyway, Release the Stars. It's such a great thing to say to anyone you know, don't worry, you're amazing, so release the stars!

    The music ties in nice with the theme of the song as well, I think I read somewhere once that this song sounds like something Judy Garland would have sung at the end of her concerts, so that's what I always imagine when I hear it. It's just all about the old giving way to the new, and being happy and rejoicing in the new.
    The line "Remember that without them there would be no Paramount" is a reference to a line from Gloria Swanson's character in the movie Sunset Boulevard, about a washed up Hollywood actress "Without me there wouldn't BE a Paramount!"
    musicmaxon September 14, 2008   Link

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