"From the Stars" as written by and Jack Brown Charles Cave....
I saw a friend that I once knew at a funeral
He took the time out to be seen
His eyes kept glancing to the hour hand on the gold watch
That he'd been given by a magazine

He didn't cry when the priest gave the sermon
Just pulled up the woolen collar on his fleece
Crossed his arms, gave a sigh and checked the time again
As he sat inches from the wife of the deceased

He catches raindrops on his window, it reminds him how he falls
From the stars back to our cities, where we've never felt so small

Rain drops from his window making puddles in his hands
He thinks how quick the water's rising as another raindrop lands

He took a chauffeur driven car back to his hotel
Passing through the sick streets where he was born
He said, driver, what's happened to these buildings?
They all look run down and so alone

He took a shower in the bathroom of his penthouse
Put the Do not Disturb on his door
When the maid came in the morning
She found him shivering on the bedroom floor

He catches raindrops on his window, it reminds him how he falls
From the stars back to our cities, where we've never felt so small

Rain drops from his window making puddles in his hands
He thinks how quick the water's rising as another raindrop lands

He catches raindrops on his window, it reminds him how he falls
From the stars back to our cities, where we've never felt so small

Rain drops from his window making puddles in his hands
He thinks how quick the water's rising as another raindrop lands


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"From the Stars" as written by Harry Mcveigh Charles Cave

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    My Interpretation"You can never return home."
    infinityontrialon February 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning HE TOOK A CHAUFFER-DRIVEN CAR BACK TO HIS HOTEL.
    PASSING THROUGH THE CITY STREETS WHERE HE WAS BORN.
    HE SAID "DRIVER WHAT'S HAPPENED TO THESE BUILDINGS?
    THEY ALL LOOK RUN-DOWN AND SO FORLORN".

    visit whitelies.com/ for the right lyrics...
    birganon March 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI love White lies, I think this is my favorite song by them :D

    I think the song is about a very strong and successful person returning home to a funeral and realizing how fragile life is and breaks down.

    'He catches raindrops on his window, it reminds him how we fall,
    From the stars back to our cities, where we've never felt so small
    Rain drops from his window making puddles in his hands,
    He see's how quick the water's rising as another raindrop lands'

    I think the raindrops represent people (funeral) and places (home town) dying, one at a time. He has become a strong person but the raindrops keep falling quickly and build up in his hand. Eventually it all gets to him and he breaks down.

    Poetic <3
    JHarlowon March 08, 2011   Link
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    General Commentcorrect me if i am wrong but i do believe this song is called "From the Stars", i love this song along with white lies, can't wait for their album!
    cosinewaveon September 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've heard different people call it different things, and i've seen it tagged differently in different places, so i was going to go with this title!
    miss_motoon September 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGood that you put the song up, but now the album is released the official title is just 'From The Stars'. Lyrics look correct though, so i'm pleased.

    This song has been said by Harry McVeigh/Jack Lawrence-Brown to be about a washed-up celebrity who visits his home town to attend the funeral of a friend.

    I'm not entirely sure what the "shivering on the bedroom floor" part is about, or what relation the deceased has to him.

    Hopefully someone can shed more light on this.
    Maangon January 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnyone who owns the album will know it is called From the Stars
    LVHon February 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis sounds like a person who was once a nice/happy/kind or whatever person, and thats who the writer of the song knew.
    But now it seems he has completely changed.
    He seems empyt, alone and emotionless - "He didn't cry when the preist gave the sermon".
    I think possibly "Driver, what happened to these buildings they all look so run-down and so forlorn" could be a metaphor for himself and he's wondering what happened to him and why he's become this person.
    He obviously dosen't like the person he's become - "shivering on the bedroom floor" as in he's just broken down and depressed. And also with "it reminds him of how he falls"
    The celebity part as someone said before makes sense with the whole penthouse, gold watch thing.
    The reason this person has changed so much is because of his money and fame.

    Umm, yeh that didnt make much sense but you catch my drift.
    SUPERGINGEon April 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is definetly about a man who is now famous, considering the fact that he 'took the time out to be seen' and how he seems too busy to be there. He is obviousy haunted by his home town, "they remind him how we fall/from the stars back to our cities where we've never felt so small" because it reveals to him what he has turned into, "he sees how quick the water's raising as another raindrop lands" "Driver what's happened to these buildings?/ They all look rundown so forlorn
    Two things wondering about is, does he kill himself in the end? The do not disturb sign fit me thinking, and some poisons leave you shaking...
    The other thing is, could this be a sort of dramatized autobiography?
    Pbnjxxon August 09, 2009   Link

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