"Oh My Stars" as written by and Aaron Thomas Gerber....
Now I know why
you're floating away
like a white balloon
untied today or last night

I like the sounds
you when you sleep
like you're eating a meal
grinding your teeth or just breathing

Oh my stars
Crying, "Oh my stars!"
Oh my stars
Can't strangle anyone who has light
in their life

Put your mouth here on my belly
Put your fingers in my hair
After mountains there are valleys
We can fall asleep there

Sometimes it's hard
thinking about how the plans we made
won't happen today or tonight

I'm trying real hard
to not make you feel
like you've done something wrong
by leaving the chips open

(I won't wake you up)
Singing, "Oh my stars"
Oh my stars
Oh my stars
Can't strangle all my friends and their wives
and their sons' wives

Put your neck here on your best friend's
Hold your mouth up to the phone
Use the seatbelt like a bookend
We can sleep when we get home


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    General CommentI'm not exactly sure of the meaning, but I heard this on an "indie" station (whatever that means) and I think it's beautiful and melodic.
    oh.emilyon May 14, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think its about breaking up with your boyfriend/girlfriend. (Sometimes it's hard/ thinking about how the plans we made/won't happen today or tonight). maybe one of them did something to mess up the relationship (I'm trying real hard/to not make you feel/like you've done something wrong)
    maybe the relationship ended because one of them had things going for them in life and the other was holding the other person down (Can't strangle anyone who has light/ in their life).
    anyways, thats how i see it, along those lines.
    ecullenon July 02, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationLove how the lyrics seem to be referencing very specific incidences, presumably in the writers own life, without feeling the need to allow listeners access to that story. As if the singer is telling a story that the audience isn’t supposed to understand; we’re simply meant to understand the common emotional experiences that stand behind it (loss of intimacy, the end of a relationship)


    Now I know why
    you're floating away
    like a white balloon
    untied today or last night

    A “white balloon” isn’t a symbol I’ve seen before, but best guess: it represents the loss of something good or pure (white), but something which must be actively held onto, something that without effort will drift away.
    “Untied today or last night,” implies that this is the loss of an intimate (sexual) relationship, that something had changed, perhaps in bed, the night before

    I like the sounds
    you when you sleep
    like you're eating a meal
    grinding your teeth or just breathing

    Intimate, bodily imagery. Fundamental, intimate acts of the body (sleeping, eating, breathing) that could be observed only by close family & partners. “Grinding teeth” is particularly poignant, an action we aren’t even aware of, one that can only be observed by those we trust enough to sleep beside. Evokes not simply sexual intimacy, but the intimacy of skinship and physical closeness. Gives context to the distance/loss of the floating balloon in the first stanza.

    Oh my stars
    Crying, "Oh my stars!"
    Oh my stars
    Can't strangle anyone who has light
    in their life

    Put your mouth here on my belly
    Put your fingers in my hair
    After mountains there are valleys
    We can fall asleep there

    The intimacy of physical touch. Mouth on belly, fingers in hair, all things that we would associate with a lover, but actions which or nonetheless not sexual so much as deeply intimate on a romantic level. This song highlights the often overlooked physical-but-not-necessarily-sexual components of romantic intimacy. Which makes the loss of the relationship all the more substantial.

    “After mountains there are valleys” After the hardship there will be easier times, we can rest once we make it through.

    Sometimes it's hard
    thinking about how the plans we made
    won't happen today or tonight

    I'm trying real hard
    to not make you feel
    like you've done something wrong
    by leaving the chips open

    (I won't wake you up)
    Singing, "Oh my stars"
    Oh my stars
    Oh my stars
    Can't strangle all my friends and their wives
    and their sons' wives

    Put your neck here on your best friend's
    Hold your mouth up to the phone
    Use the seatbelt like a bookend
    We can sleep when we get home

    “Put your neck here on your best friend’s” A different type of physical intimacy, platonic. Seeking out comfort from a friend rather than lover, possibly signaling turmoil in the romantic relationship. “Mouth up to the phone” mouth is now being used not for romantic intimacy, as in 4th stanza, but poss. to reach for help/comfort from an outside source.

    “Use the seatbelt like a bookend” Use the seatbelt to hold you up, to lean on, the way books are held up by bookends. Echoes “mountains after valleys”: You’re tired and falling asleep in the car, hold on until we make it home.

    This song hurts. All these people falling apart from one another and themselves.
    C_purcellon May 09, 2017   Link

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