"Stars Are Crazy" as written by and Lisa Dewey Lindsey Buckingham....
I woke up in the middle of the night
With you on my mind
With you on my mind
I can't see you any more
But it don't mean I'm blind

Sometimes we fantasize
Wondering if we could've tried
Wondering if we died
Wondering if the stars are crazy
Stars are crazy

Sometimes we analyze
Almost apologize
Pretending we didn't die
Wondering if the stars are crazy
Stars are crazy

I woke up in the middle of the night
With you in my heart
With you in my heart
I can't touch you any more
It causes you harm

Sometimes we fantasize
Wondering if we should've tried
Wondering if we died
Wondering if the stars are crazy
Stars are crazy

Sometimes we analyze
Almost apologize
Pretending we didn't die
Wondering if the stars are crazy
Stars are crazy

Sometimes we close our eyes
Dreaming about the prize
Wondering what to buy
Wondering if the stars are crazy
Stars are crazy


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"Stars Are Crazy" as written by Lisa Dewey Lindsey Buckingham

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    Song MeaningThis song has a somewhat literal translation that Lindsey often uses in his work. "Woke up with you on my mind" is obviously alluding to a dream about someone (and from the rest of albums songs, a girl that Lindsey had a previous involvement with). By the tone of the music and Lindsey's voice, coupled with the specific phrasing of the sentence, we can tell he is not super happy to be dreaming about this female. The repetition of the last clause of the sentence indicates that she really was "on his mind". "I can't see you anymore, but it dont mean im bind", is one of my favorite lines of the song. There is something that is prohibiting Lindsey from physically being with this female. Not being able to see her is, however disappointing, is not by chance. Lindsey simply cannot see her; he is choosing not too, for whatever reason. He wants to see her, but he doesnt at the same time. The confusion is evident.
    Now to the chorus. "Sometimes we fantasize." Again, we go back to sort of a dream mentality. He's ponder something. "Wondering if we could've tried" brings it home. Now we can see that he is ponder a collective decision that he and the female made, lets assume it was to break up or stay together. "Wondering if we died" is questioning if he and the female's collective (the pair of them, their relationship) died. Obviously it isnt ongoing at this time, but "died" has a very permanent connotation, and he is wondering if whatever they had before has perished indefinitely. "Wondering if the stars are crazy." The title line for the song sums it up perfectly. Who are the stars and how can they be crazy. Well, stars are in "the heavens" so to speak, so when Lindsey references stars, he is talking about fate. Be it God, destiny, or whatever, he unsure, to say the least, about fate. Was destiny wrong? Wondering is repeated throughout the chorus, and adds to the confusion.
    The second verse is similar in structure but has a very different meaning (intentionally, of course) to the first verse. "I woke up with you in my heart." Now this girl is in Lindsey's heart, as opposed to his mind. The "mind" connotes a thinking and more analytical, logical, reasonable approach to thinking about this girl. The "heart" is more physical. It deals with love and emotional thinking. "I cant touch you anymore" is alluding to the physical love that the pair shared. He couldn't see her in the first verse, and now he cant touch her. Mind and body. Now "it causes you harm" is very interesting. Perhaps the female feels as though she can never be with him, even though she loves him. And the act of lovemaking only makes acknowledging the fact that they cannot be together, that much tougher to swallow.
    Lets talk about the second part of the chorus. "Sometimes we analyze". We often over think things. "Almost apologize". At first, I though that he was apologizing for analyzing, but I think, because of the structure of the first part of the chorus, its not. They almost forgive each other for "dying", almost. "Pretending we didnt die". Lindsey is know acknowledging the fact that they have "died", but he "pretends" that they didnt because he most likely cared about, and loved this girl alot.
    "Sometimes we close our eyes, dreaming about the prize, wondering what to buy". Now this part of the chorus is set up a little differently, which is why I quoted it all together. Each 'part' is connected more literally, and only makes sense when read together, as opposed to the other chorus parts that can seem to stand on there own and be significant without the aid of the 'flow', so to speak. They are 'fantasizing' about the "prize"and what to "buy". The prize can almost certainly be the act of staying together, getting married, who knows. Wondering what to buy gave me some trouble. Buying something material doesnt seem to fit in with the existential tone to the song. I listened to a couple live recordings of the song, and Lindsey, more times than not, ads a "Huh" or "Ha" after the "wondering what to buy". The way I perceive it is almost like a sarcastic laugh. Many people im sure would attribute that simple sound to a singing technique or just something added to give the live version lift. But I dont think Lindsey would add such a sarcastically sounding, well, sound (haha) to that specific line and no others, when it is really the only line that doesnt flow perfectly (to us). Its gotta mean something. Maybe that lyric is a very personal and sarcastic remark about something the girl said or did.
    Mostly this song is a very nostalgic and shows alot confusion. Anger is very absent, this is a song that frequents the question, "why?". Lindsey blatantly calls fate/destiny/God crazy for the outcome of him and this female. In the back of my head, I secretly want this to be about Stevie, but who knows, maybe it is maybe it insnt.
    aerodip52on May 24, 2013   Link

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