"(Shannon Wilsey on the) Starry Stairs" as written by and Will Robinson Sheff....
They ask for more;
What do you think this fan club is for?
I slithered up each rose corridor,
I kept a warm safe place in my core
Before I lost it.

They ask for blood,
What do you think this woman's made of?
I stuck a small thin pin in my thumb;
They dreamt a low long line to be crossed
And I crossed it.

I'm alive but a different kind of life
Than the way I used to be,
I retire to a split white smile to be seen
In on an old sad magazine.

And this girls eyes,
Well they were roughly wretched open,
I could see a starry stare up your thigh.
You hid behind your hair, oh, but I saw you smiling

While all these guys, all these curious sets of eyes
Safe behind a TV screen.
I let them pry,
Pick apart and hang out to dry
Almost every piece of me.

(If you don't love me, I'm sorry)

Oh, what a trip,
Oh, what a shivering silver ship,
Oh, what a hot half-life I half lived
Oh, and the stripes and stars
How they stripped off the siding.

When my life ripped, all from the part that played as a kid
Into the part that blazed through your lips
To find a warm, safe place then to sit
Curl up inside it.

So here's goodbye
From the part that stays behind
To the part that has to leave
To the sublime lips that were never spoiled
By lying to the face inside the being
Who wasn't me
Who wasn't me
She's not me


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"Starry Stairs" as written by Will Robinson Sheff

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    General CommentThis is a sequel of sorts to 'Savannah Smiles.'
    whatchamacallmeon September 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is meant to be about Shannon Wilsey, isn't it?
    Appers66on July 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's supposed to be on The Stand Ins.
    whatchamacallmeon May 31, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe last line in the first chorus is defiantly "in an old stag magazine" rather than "sad", seeing as the song was also written about a porn star
    slower_twinon July 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe last line in the first chorus is defiantly "in an old stag magazine" rather than "sad", seeing as the song was also written about a porn star
    slower_twinon July 04, 2008   Link
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    General Comment*but a different kind of alive, then the way I used to be.
    reds21on July 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'd never made a connection between Savannah Smiles, a song I enjoy more, and this one. I never thought it was about a porn star either. I thought Sheff was singing about an ordinary girl turned reality TV star before going back to being a nobody. I can see the songs as the tale of a porn star who looses herself completely pretty easily on closer inspection of the lyrics though.

    "Oh and the stripes and stars
    how they stripped off the siding"

    I am not at all certain how these lines relate to the rest of the song. "Stripes and stars" calls to mind an image of the American flag, but "stripped of the siding" doesn't mean anything to me.
    P to the Gon August 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard Will Sheff's interview on NPR recently, and he said this song was written from Shannon's perspective defending her lifestyle.
    rockstermonkeyon September 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe meaning of this song isn't really relevant.
    I just LOVE the parts when he says:
    "They dreamt a long low line to be crossed
    and I crossed it"
    And
    "And if you don't love me, I'm sorry"

    The arrogance in his voice in those two lines, I just love. I listen to this song for an uplifting experience. As I am such an arrogant git myself. :D
    LordSarenon December 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentTo me this song is about giving too much to something, to where you feel like you've lost part of yourself. The lines, "they ask for more" and "they ask for blood", feel to me like this sentiment of "they are asking too much of me". And the line "I'm alive, but a different sort of alive, than the way I used to be" seems to be another way of saying, I've lost a part of myself.

    This symbol of the pornstar then can stand in for a lot of other ideas. I think a relationship can feel like that, when you give too much of yourself to them and they don't return it - "if you don't love me, I'm sorry"

    Thats my take on it.
    xralphyxon October 16, 2011   Link

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