"Camera One" as written by and Joshua David Joplin....
The sandy haired son of Hollywood
Lost his faith in all that's good
Closed the curtain, unplugged the clock
Hung his clothes on the shower rod
But he never got undressed
And no, he never made a mess

It's funny how life turns out
The odds of faith in the face of doubt
Camera One closes in
The soundtrack starts
The scene begins

You're playing you now
You're playing you now
You're playing you now
You're playing you now
You're playing you now
Take a bow
Take a bow

The trophy wife from Palisades
Whose yearbook beauty never fades
Sits and watches the sea fold in
And wonders what might have been
If she could ever have the chance
Would she do it all again?

It's funny how life turns out
The odds of faith in the face of doubt
Camera One closes in
The soundtrack starts
The scene begins

You're playing you now
You're playing you now
You're playing you now
You're playing you now
You're playing you now
Take a bow
Take a bow

On the corner
By his streets
He sits in his lawnchair
In the heat
Sightseers see
What they want
They're selling star-maps
To the sun

The sunny-haired son of Hollywood
Lost his faith in all that's good
Closed the curtain, unplugged the clock
Hung his clothes on the shower rod
But he didn't get undressed
And no, he didn't seem depressed

It's funny how life turns out
The odds of faith in the face of doubt
Camera One closes in
The soundtrack starts
The scene begins

You're playing you now
You're playing you now
You're playing you now
You're playing you now
You're playing you now
You're playing you now
You're playing you now
Take a bow
Take a bow
Take a bow
Take a bow


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"Camera One" as written by Joshua David Joplin

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    General Commentokay, i'm not really taking my time to read other people's comment, so forgive me if someone already said this, but i think this song is about a guy who gets all caught up in the glamour of hollywood, and when he realizes what he was doing, and that everyone is lying to him, he commits suicide.
    bombdigityon April 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song. I think the guy Josh is singing about is lying to himself, according to the line ",Yor playing you now." Shows that celebrities have their secrets.
    the Edgeon March 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea i agree, this is a great song, i wish it would've gotten more play. Josh joplin is a great songwriter.
    LiveUrLifeon September 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah I thought the character was committing suicide as well.
    BlueAndStarryon June 17, 2003   Link
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    General CommentMe too, but I think overall it's about doubting yourself. The first person doubted too much and had too little faith so he kills himself, the second person doubt and wonders if she would do things differently and the third person doesn't doubt his choices and has faith in himself so he is happy.
    [IMPS] Grifteron May 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is probably the most brilliant song I've ever heard & that's saying something. It's about how everyone's kind of the star of their own movie -- but you don't need to be on the silver screen to be important or relevant. Heck, some people that are on the silver screens aren't even important or relevant & feel that way so that's why they do things like hang themselves on the shower rod. If you're satisfied with yourself, that's all that matters, and you can "take a bow."
    radical347on November 26, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"selling star-maps to the sun"... seems to mean that society gives life advice to and perhaps forces opinions each person, though each person already knows how to live his or her life. The sun already knows stars, it doesnt need a map
    elpierogigrandeon May 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI don't get the feeling that the son of Hollywood was successful. I think he was either a child star or the son of celebrities that didn't go anywhere. Either way, the song is about people who get pigeion-holed into playing the role that is expected of them insteading of "playing you." The same goes for the prom queen who now wonders if she could have been something more if she hadn't just played the part of a beautiful barbie doll everyone expected her to be.

    While I think elpierogigrande's interpretation is awesome, I think it is also literal. The failure who's childhood was based on expectations of being a star now makes his living on those Hollywood memories, making them pathetically inescapable.

    Also, the character in the last verse also killed himself. "He never *seemed* depressed" be he still hung his clothes on the shower rod without getting undressed.

    I like the use of the phrase "take a bow." It can represent death, as they chose, or it can mean the end of the role they were playing. They could simply take a curtain call on the role that was expected of them and leave the stage to play themselves.
    JackFrostZZZon August 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's about what lies behind the facade of fame and success. So many people buy into the myth that those things will lead to happiness. "Sightseers see What they want. They're selling star-maps To the sun"

    This song is about what happens when these actors and trophy wives are "off camera".
    tommygon December 28, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis guy has really sweet lyrics and writes about really cool stuff like this one how so many people nowadays just act to fit in not really caring about what they really believe as true
    stoner4lifeon February 28, 2006   Link

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