"Shooting Star" as written by and Paul Rodgers....
Johnny was a schoolboy
When he heard his first Beatles song
'Love Me Do' I think it was
And from there it didn't take him long

Got himself a guitar
Used to play every night
Now he's in a rock and roll outfit
And everything's all right
Don't ya know

Johnny told his mama
Hey, Mama, I'm going away
I'm gonna hit the big time
Gonna be a big star someday

Momma came to the door
With a teardrop in her eye
Johnny said "Don't cry Momma,
Smile and wave goodbye."

Don't you know

Don't you know
That you are a shooting star,(don't you know, don't you know)
Don't you know that you are
A shooting star
And all the world will love you
Just as long, as long as you are?

Johnny made a record
Went straight up to number one
Suddenly everyone loved to hear him sing his song
Watching the world go by
Surprising it goes so fast
Johnny looked around him
And said "Well I made the big time at last."

Don't you know
That you are a shooting star,(don't you know, don't you know)
Don't you know that you are
A shooting star
And all the world will love you
Just as long, as long as you are?

A shooting star

Don't you know
That you are a shooting star,(don't you know, don't you know)
Don't you know that you are
A shooting star
And all the world will love you
Just as long, as long as you are?

Johnny died one night
Died in his bed
Bottle of whiskey, sleeping tablets
By his head

Johnny's life passed him
By like a warm summer day
If you listen to the wind
You can still hear him play

Don't you know

Don't you know
That you are a shooting star,(don't you know, don't you know)
Don't you know that you are
A shooting star
And all the world will love you
Just as long, as long as you are?


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"Shooting Star" as written by Paul Bernard Rodgers Paul Rodgers

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    General CommentI'm sure the song's not about Elvis. Hendrix is a good guess, but his name wasn't Johnny and Bonham didn't play guitar.
    I've always heard the song was about Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols, but he didn't commit suicide.
    This song was written in 74-75 and the untimley deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin were still fresh on the mind of Paul Rodgers and Johnny is a fictional character about all of these legends.
    gap3857on September 11, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is about all those artists that felt that they needed to drugs and died tragic deaths, it is about no one in particular.
    kfe2on February 03, 2006   Link
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    General Comment@ Saga-- Can't be about Bonham because he died in 1980. This song came out in 1975. Not about Elvis either, because he passed in 1977. Most likely regards Hendrix. Could also be Jim Morrison if we want to start guessing.

    Either way, it's essentially a generalized narrative of the characteristic rise and fall of musicians as they reach excesses. I think the point is, it doesn't really matter who it's about as you can apply it to any musician who has followed this trend.

    Rather - the idea that fame is quite superficial; as a society we only see the external shell of the musician, sort of oblivious and over-assuming everything is fine and going perfectly. That in a sense the idealization of what we all could be; they've made it in life. The song is told from a third person perspective; almost like a close friend to the protagonist or a spectating fan. There's isn't really a degree of emotion in the lyrics themselves (in the narrator's voice there is, but not in what he's saying)-- it's very straightforward with the story which consequentially provokes confusion, anger, saddness, melancholy, disbelief, etc, in the friends, family, fanbase, and media when someone sporadically dies at their prime.

    And of course, you have drugs and often time away from home as the lyrics describe...which aren't a good thing when prolonged. You see this in so many famous musicians because they become bored...between constantly touring and travelling, and need something to cope with their loneliness and curiosities. Of course, money isn't ever an issue for them. There's a degree of social detachment in becoming publicly idolized, from being disconnected from the standardized life of everyone else.

    Great song, very evocative of the joy and sadness associated with losing someone. Also, for how simple of a song it is, it still remains incredibly unique and outstanding from many of the other cliche rock songs out there.
    vscalettaon March 24, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOk. So no one has commented here? o.O Wow.

    Just a great ballad about a young rock and roll kid who goes of and makes himself known. That is the rock and roll dream.
    AeroLed286on April 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about Elvis.
    freefallenangel420on June 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnaw, the King died on his throne
    Boo Urnson June 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a really good song. about a kid who grew up to live his dream as a rock star. Then he killed himself bc of his stardom and all the publicty and shit. hell idk somin like that.
    pimpologyon October 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great song ive always heard it was about Jimi Hendrix and i think it is.. JIMI HENDRIX ROCKED!!!
    corey08on November 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the story of the greatest drummer in the world; John Bonham
    saga_7on March 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI thought everyone knew this was about Paul Kossoff - Free's guitarist. After he died, Bad Company were formed. Paul's father, David Kossoff, used to go to schools & colleges to teach (preach) about drug use, using his son as an example. He use to play various songs ofhis son, but always played this tribute song.
    The song fits the life of any rock person who died young, but the key line is "Listen to the wind, you can still here him play"
    John Bonham died after this song was released, but his death, inadvertantly, lead to the break up of the original band as they were both managed by Peter Grant, & he was so upset by Bonzo's death, he neglected Bad Company to a degree.
    nagromnaion December 20, 2005   Link

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