"The Stars" as written by and Tommy Siegel....
As fireworks burst over the land,
I could've sworn I felt the influence of an unseen hand -
the ghost of someone else's dream,
a forgotten god stopping by to survey the scene.

And the lights were complicated and so we all just
prayed to the spirits above and below
that the water would never reach us in time,
but I had a feeling that we'd never get to 2009...

Didn't want a wave but a wave was coming, yeah,
we didn't want to swim but the cities were sinking
and though we wanted to react we were too busy sleeping through
the ground that was shaking and the bass was thumping.

There's a tidal wave coming so you'd better start learning to swim
and now's as good as any as a time and place to begin...

On TV, they said the storms wouldn't last
but their answers didn't correlate to the questions we'd asked.
They said "A spark that's gone is not a spark to mourn,
you can't resuscitate a person who was never born."

So I climbed to the tallest building in town
to see the rain rushing in, to feel my heart breaking down
and as the blue sheen drew nearer I saw a window to another world,
strange fish I'd never seen, and in that moment I realized:

Didn't want a wave but a wave was coming
we didn't want to swim but the cities were sinking
and though we wanted to react we were too busy sleeping through
the ground that was shaking and the bass was thumping.

There's a tidal wave coming so you'd better start learning to swim
and now's as good as any as a time and place to begin...

I should have known this was coming, yeah,
it could not have been more obvious.
Like the flood that Noah dreamed about
except bigger and more ominous.

I should have known this was unfolding, yeah,
it could not have been more obvious.
Like the flood that Noah dreamed about
except bigger and more ominous.

Every moment lost someone else has won,
every time you breathe there's another gone.
Every passing second is a minute late,
every breath can escalate a hurricane.

And do you think we'd realize just what we'd done -
tore down the canvas that held up the sun?
We ripped down the canvas hung up above,
but what if we were created to gaze at the stars up above?

Didn't want a wave but a wave was coming, yeah,
we didn't want to swim but the cities were sinking
and though we wanted to react we were too busy sleeping through
the ground that was shaking and the bass was thumping.


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    General CommentThis is my new favorite Jukebox the Ghost song, and definitely the one that matches their first album the most.
    "I should have known this was coming, yeah,
    it could not have been more obvious.
    Like the flood that Noah dreamed about
    except bigger and more ominous."
    That part is magical.
    bbuckykkatton September 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentQuote from the band website. jukeboxtheghost.com/…

    I wrote most of the lyrics to this song in my head while watching New Year’s fireworks in Philadelphia over the Delaware River. This was just after I started having problems with vocal nodules, so it was a long time before I actually sang it out loud. Even when we went to record it, I had only sang it a handful of times because it was in the part of my singing range that particularly hurt. In the studio, we had to record bits and pieces of the vocals every day and piece it together from various takes because I wasn’t able to get through the whole song without some pretty severe pain. The second verse is based on a very memorable dream I had about standing on top of a skyscraper, watching a tidal wave roll into New York City, with enormous sea creatures visible on the surface of the water. The ending verses are my conclusion to all the philosophical/cosmological pondering in the Sun/Stars sequence, which ultimateley asks the obvious: “What if we were created to gaze at the stars up above?”
    BluesDriveon May 09, 2011   Link

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