"Red Stars" as written by Sara Taylor, Michael Hanmer, Matthew O'halloran and Michael Rainbow....
Best of cruel intentions
Finding what they fail to mention
No truth, all pretension
Raise your hand to give attention

You'd give it
We'd take it
You'd build it
We'd break it
You silently erase it
You'd feel it
We'd fake it

It's my red star steal it
It's my red star can't let go
It's my red star conceal it
It's my red star oh no

Wasted education
Celebrating imitation
Misplaced admiration
Speaking for a generation

You'd give it
We'd take it
You'd build it
We'd break it
You silently erase it
You'd feel it
We'd fake it

It's my red star steal it
It's my red star can't let go
It's my red star conceal it
It's my red star oh no


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"Redstars" as written by Sara Taylor, Michael Hanmer, Matthew O'halloran, Michael Rainbow

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  • +3
    General Commenti LOVE this song.

    for me, it's just about this world; how it works and how it's wrong. well, like...
    give and take, that's all we think.
    if someone builds it, we'll break it,
    if someone has a talent or understands something, or is just really passionate, they FEEL it...we'll just fake like we do.
    we all celebrate imitation--copying each other in the lastest trends, being like everyone else in so many ways...(instead of originality)..
    misplaced admiration; we admire ALL of the wrong people these days...stupid celebrities, instead of people really CHANGING the world and being GOOD people...


    and she's speaking for a generation; because that's ALL there is to ours.
    severalwayson October 05, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentWhy does everyone keep saying Chibi writes all the songs? She doesn't, Rainbow does. Sometimes she'll co-write with him, but for the most part, he does all of the lyrics. Get it right.
    biteme000on February 18, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentPlease tell me that T.C. kid is having a laugh?

    Always dreaded the day TBM's music would attract idiots like that.
    Baggieon April 30, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAhhh!!! My absolute favorite band!
    Well, anyway...in interviews they talk about how they're songs all have themes of childhood vs. adulthood and stuff like that...so I think the communism part may be a little bit far-fetched...however, it could be right. None of us wrote the song.
    I think someone mentioned that this song is about Chibi and Rainbow when they were in elementary school and they would get red stars as rewards for something they might have done. That could be possible, however I'm trying to think how that fits the lyrics in some spots...
    Awesome song though. I LOVE this band!
    metalspikes82on December 19, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionI think that by "Red Star" they mean a false hope or an unreachable dream... By "red" they could possibly mean that it's really strong, because the colour red usually symbolizes hard and strong things.
    Also, a red star is a symbol of communism.

    As metalspikes82 mentioned, they have said in an interview that some of their songs are about childhood vs adulthood...

    And actually it sounds like a war to me:

    Someone says, "It's my red star!"
    And someone else tells a group of people, "Steal it."

    They want to take the person's dream away from them, steal their red star.

    "It's my red star!"
    "They can't let go..."

    "It's my red star!"
    "Conceal it."

    "It's my red star..."

    And then something tragic happens. "Oh no."

    But actually just listen closely to the lyrics:

    Wasted education
    Celebrating imitation
    Misplaced admiration
    Speaking for a generation.

    Everyone is admiring the wrong people, they're imitating them, this has been happening a lot this generation.

    That's just how I see it. I know I might have gotten a lot of things wrong.
    verycherrymerryon April 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMUEN: CAN YOU TELL OUR READERS WHO MAY BE A LITTLE UNFAMILIAR WITH YOU, WHAT THE SONG "RED STARS" IS ABOUT?

    CHIBI: It is a song about approval, success, and failure.

    RAINBOW: It's about misdirected attention and credit. It's about building off the work of those who came before and claiming it all as one's own. The lyrics were initially inspired by the phrase 'standing on the shoulders of giants'. When I was in elementary school, if a student followed all the rules, did what they were told, or got a perfect score on a test, they were rewarded with a red star, which would be placed beside their name on a list of all the students in the class.


    So there it is.
    radiofuckon March 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about teenagers.

    I think it's about adults leaving youth with a cursed world then blaming things on them. Especially when it says:

    "Raise your hand to get attention."

    "Speaking for a generation."

    And

    "You give it,
    We take it.
    You Build it,
    We Break it.
    You sign and we,
    erase it."

    "You FEEL it,
    We FAKE it."
    Meaning they pretend to follow in their footsteps but don't agree.

    Then I think the teens are wanting a GOOD world for themselves when they sing:
    "It's my red star,
    Steal it.
    It's my red star,
    Can't let it go.
    It's my red star,
    Conceal it,
    It's my red star,
    Oh no."
    TheFallenAngelMassacreon October 31, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentseveralways is right on :)

    I think 'Red Star' is suppose to be a possession. It could be anything, like a general something that belongs to you.

    "My red star – stealing it.
    My red star – killing it.
    My red star – concealing it.
    My red star."

    It'll be taken away from you, even though it's yours.
    justgottakillon November 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe birthday massacre is wicked awesome live
    rawrrgennon February 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe line "wasted education celebrating imitation is genius...awesome band, awesome song
    FromTheLightson June 16, 2008   Link

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