So I see it seems we've settled down
Quite a bit from the energy we once had
Oh, believe me we've settled down
Way down, way down, way down.

And all we are is burning stars
Shining brightly making sure you dont float too far
I'll keep an eye on you if you keep one on me
And then what happens we'll see
And then what happens we'll see

And all the time it takes til you've had enough
Has shortened even in the last couple of years
But so too have the years themselves
Themselves, themselves, the years themselves

All we are, is burning stars
Shining brightly making sure you dont float too far
I'll keep an eye on you if you keep one on me
And then what happens we'll see
And then what happens we'll see

All we are is burning stars
Shining brightly making sure you dont float too far
I'll keep an eye on you if you keep one on me
And then what happens we'll see
And then what happens we'll see
And then what happens we'll see
And then what happens we'll see



Lyrics submitted by eyezack

Burning Stars song meanings
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  • +4
    My InterpretationFell in love this song instantly the first time I heard it live when Mimicking Birds opened for Modest Mouse.

    I think this song might be about getting older in life and finding a relationship with someone that you can count on and who can also count on you. One eye each from two people can see more than two eyes from one person. The burning star represents the frailty of our lives, as anything that burns will eventually burn itself out, just like all our lives will eventually end one day. Live life to the fullest, and appreciate how special it is to have a bond with someone who will always be there for you no matter what.
    eyezackon March 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI also found out about this band while they were opening for Modest Mouse. They have an amazing sound. favorite song is "The Loop". I just want them to release an album... I desperately need to get it.
    CoconutSkinson April 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning"Shining brightly making sure you dont float too far" This seems to be a nautical reference (ships used to use the stars to navigate).
    JetStreameron November 12, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm in love with this song. My favorite is Cabin Fever though.
    carpe_diemon April 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, great message, great band. I agree with eyezack on the meaning. Take life as it comes and enjoy having someone by your side.
    Thricefoldon May 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this band and this song.

    I agree with eyezack too.

    And I might add I love the themes for a lot of their songs with space. It's not hokey in any way it's beautiful. I hope more people start listening because like a lot more bands this band has been overshadowed with crap.
    thescientist77on June 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think it has to do with getting through life with an accepted and inevitable uncertainty...and realizing, for better or worse, we only have so much control and we need to look after each other, but nothing is guaranteed. It has both figurative and literal meaning. After all, we are literally all made of "star stuff", all of our atoms are leftovers from some cosmic event some billions of years ago. We are all, quite literally, stars.
    donnerpartyallnighton April 06, 2016   Link

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