"Buy the Stars" as written by and Marina Lambrini Diamandis....
You bought a star in the sky tonight
Because your life is dark and it needs some light
You named it after me, but I’m not yours to keep
Because you’ll never see, that the stars are free

Oh we don’t own our heavens now
We only own our hell
And if you don’t know that by now
Then you don’t know me that well

All my life I’ve been so lonely
All in the name of being holy
Still, you’d like to think you know me
You keep buyin’ stars
And you could buy up all of the stars,
But it wouldn’t change who you are
You’re still living life in the dark
It’s just who you are
It’s just who you are

You bought a star in the sky tonight
And in your man-made dark
The light inside you died

Oh we don’t own our heavens now
We only own our hell
And if you don’t know that by now
Then you don’t know me that well

All my life I’ve been so lonely
All in the name of being holy
Still, you’d like to think you own me
You keep buyin’ stars
And you could buy up all of the stars,
But it wouldn’t change who you are
You’re still living life in the dark
It’s just who you are
It’s just who you are

You know only how to own me
You know only how to own me

You’re buying stars to shut out the light
We come alone and alone we die
And no matter how hard you try
I’ll always belong in the sky

And you could buy up all of the stars,
But it wouldn’t change who you are.
You’re still living life in the dark
It’s just who you are
It’s just who you are
It’s who you are
It’s who you are
It’s who you are
It’s who you are
It’s who you are
It’s who you are
It’s who you are
It’s who you are


Lyrics submitted by LivingInAStateOfDreaming, edited by RhysOG

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  • +3
    My InterpretationI think the song is about the kind of relationship where one lover is possessive of the other. They maybe buy gifts for them or just spend a lot of money on them. It's like having your love bought. They're a controlling lover who wants to be in charge of the other's life. She's saying that she's a free spirit of sorts and that lover doesn't own her. She's as free as the stars, how could you own a star? it's impossible to hold on to.
    weirdgirl32on October 29, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI instantly thought of how now there are programs where you can "buy a star" in the actual sky and have it named after you.
    cmmarieon November 08, 2012   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningFor me, this song is about dealing with someone really sad or even depressed - who thinks it's other peoples responsibility to get this sad person happy again. Like the following lyric says:
    "You bought a star in the sky tonight
    And in your man-made dark
    The light inside you died"
    The sentence "You Bought A Star" means, that the sad person found someone, who may or may not could make him or her happy again. The star lighted up for a short period, but then it blew out. "In your manmade dark" refers to the fact, that it's a kind of sadness, that no one but the sad one itself can fix.
    The person, who this song may be about is sad - maybe from heartache or something. We all know how it feels to get your heart broked, and for a moment everyone thinks, that they'll just need someone new to come and make them fall in love again and in that way make them happy, and i think it's the same thing the sad person in this song is trying to, "buying stars". But in the end, no one but yourself can make you happy again, and that's what Marina is trying to tell this person:
    "And you could buy up all of the stars,
    But it wouldn’t change who you are.
    You’re still living life in the dark
    It’s just who you are"
    She's directly telling, that no matter how much you try to become happy and get the light into your manmade dark, no stars in the world could help you - you only have yourself to rely on, and to make you happy again.
    sallymayon August 13, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI feel as if this song is about her dad, and "buying stars" means having kids. For example, she talks about how the stars are free and not for him to keep (I feel like she has a rocky relationship with her dad, in "Starring Role" she says something like "You're just like my dad"). Maybe her dad had high moral standards and that's why she was so lonely in the name of being holy?
    Statictickon June 11, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationFor me this song is about attempting to fill a void, emptiness or unhappiness though someone else (romantically in this case).

    He/She buys stars/falls in love (possibly through spending money wooing someone) and from this gains some light and happiness.

    He/She puts the responsibility on the other person from providing that ("You bought a star......You named it after me").

    He/She then stops providing their own happiness ("You bought a star in the sky tonight And in your man-made dark The light inside you died")

    Love then becomes not about the person who is loved, but what that person makes him/her feel (it becomes about providing the light). ("You know only how to own me")

    The major point I think being highlighted is that this strategy is misguided.

    We are responsible for our unhappiness/emptiness and no one else (Oh we don’t own our heavens now We only own our hell) and we shouldn't make someone else responsibly for providing out "light".

    The unhappiness or emptiness is something internal that needs to be addressed. (And you could buy up all of the stars, But it wouldn’t change who you are. You’re still living life in the dark It’s just who you are)
    RedBeardIRLon August 28, 2016   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningLight metaphorically symbolizes success via fame and the motivation for which, subsequently thereby inspiring happiness.

    Dark metaphorically symbolizes anonymity potentially through laziness, and the state of unhappiness she imagines this would inflict for others since it does for her.

    This song is about the artist's perception of someone she views as seeking, albeit successfully, to love famous women, including herself, and by her estimation she also views them as intending to live vicariously through the fame of said women. This song is about her grievances with him potentially having that intention.

    The person she's singing about to her understanding has full means to successfully attract and date famous women via material means, to buy them, and she attributes his reason for doing this to his life being "dark": anonymous, unmotivated for fame, thereby unhappy.

    She's telling him that people only really are capable of retaining their misery, and that she's a living example of this; that she's been miserable intermittently throughout her life in pursuit of the adulation of fame (read: worship, "being holy.")

    She's telling him fame occurs on a case by case basis and that he isn't famous (synonymous in her mind to successful and happy) because he's killing his 'light' (motivation) with bad habits, aka his man-made dark (in this case, computer usage.) She thinks he has done this to such an extent and that the instinct for such actions come so naturally to him that it's a habit unlikely to change (just who he is.)

    But not everyone has the same motivations and definition of happiness as she does. There's also the possibility that her lifelong experiences which drove her to fame to start with as a means of happiness and validation have counterbalance existing in her knack for recognizing and identifying with melancholy, the feelings of which being so intense in her life as to drive her to do what most people wouldn't, actively seek fame by any means necessary. That aptitude for feeling melancholy could very well be a filter distorting her worldview thus through the cognitive distortion of mind reading, inspired her to attempt to respond to, through the creation of this song, her perception of his intentions.

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    I'm sure his potential is and will be his retribution. It's just a snippet in time and time will tell, but most of all what the song really means is what it makes you feel and how it relates to your life. That's what counts.
    Brain_Eggert_Jeffertstoneon March 25, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me this song is expressing pain from years past and trying to understand the person that hurt you. Sadness and the melochanoly of the pain of trying to be something to get someone to love you, but being left with a void and emptiness because you realized they were just using you to feel better about them selves and you are not special to them. The feeling leaves a void and you live with worthlessness as a constant companion to depression and displacement. It could be anyone, but for her I think it's her father or I would like to believe that.
    She's telling herself and him she will shine and you don't know her, she is worth something and it's him not her.The song seems like she is seeing how it was, she's pitying him and expressing her hurt. Religion gives power to the powerless and security for worthless ones, but you can't escape the problem. Seems like it festures more. You stuff problems under the rug and give a big smile and be a christ like Christian. Jesus accepts you, but you want to show him you love him, you want to show everyone else you love him that your changed. Your left with an even more emptiness because you can't be perfect. Sure Jesus washed your sins away. Being holy for no reason. Misery all the way around, you can't please anyone. Yourself, God, or those around you. I'm sorry I got all depressed and went in a rant of nonsense. :) Well, that's my take with some rabbit trails. lol
    swingingintheairon June 11, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationFor me, this song has slightly more personal interpretation. Although I agree with what everyone else has said, that this song maybe represents a possessive lover, or even one expressing hurt, or how you can't ''buy'' love.
    However, my name means star in English... so, when I first heard this song, I felt this song was for me in a way, and that I could sing it to someone.

    ''You can't buy me, because I am free
    and if you don't know that by now, then you don't know me that well...

    and no matter how hard you try, I'll always belong in the sky''


    Little words like that I can relate to, I think we all can... nobody owns us, we are all individual stars in the sky :)
    starwoahon December 16, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationTo me, this song is about a cold person who is untouchable at the core. No matter how beautiful she may be to someone else, she is not able to accept and return love. She is only to be seen, not to be held, and she views those who love her with contempt. She sees their caring for her as desire to fill themselves with her light, but they will always be "in the dark." If it is about the Illuminati, I think she is saying that she is "enlightened" and the rest of us only exist to be her audience. We'll eat up the show, but it will never bring us any closer to her particular variety of enlightenment. I think it's an immensely sad song with no element of hope to it, either for the singer or the person it is sung for.
    devillilyon December 24, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI feel this song is to her father. She didn't have a very good relationship with her father, because he was a conservative, wealthy man and always was critical of Marina. I think when she grew older and her music became more successful, he started feeling guilty about the way he treated her attempted to regain her love and trust. Marina realized that her father was trying to buy her love and wrote this song.♥
    Radioactivon November 03, 2013   Link

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