"Wandering Star" as written by Sylvester Allen, Harold Ray I. Brown, Morris Dewayne Dickerson, Le Roy L. Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Oskar, Howard E. Scott, Jerry Goldstein, Beth Gibbons and Geoffrey Paul Barrow....
Please could you stay awhile to share my grief
For it's such a lovely day
To have to always feel this way
And the time that I will suffer less
Is when I never have to wake

Wandering stars, for whom it is reserved
The blackness of darkness forever
Wandering stars, for whom it is reserved
The blackness of darkness forever

Those who have seen the needles eye, now tread
Like a husk, from which all that was, now has fled
And the masks, that the monsters wear
To feed, upon their prey

Wandering stars, for whom it is reserved
The blackness of darkness forever
Wandering stars, for whom it is reserved
The blackness of darkness forever

Doubled up inside
Take a while to shed my grief
Always doubled up inside
Taunted, cruel

Wandering stars, for whom it is reserved
The blackness of darkness forever
Wandering stars, for whom it is reserved
The blackness of darkness forever


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"Wandering Star" as written by Charles William Miller Beth Gibbons

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  • +8
    General CommentI find that Biblical stuff quite interesting, cause it may well have been an influence on the lyrics. That's not the same as saying that the song has a Christian message. There's Biblical/Christian imagery in all sorts of non-religious works of art. (Not so keen on the actual preaching and stuff though. I can't think of a less appropriate place for it.)
    ReActoron January 29, 2005   Link
  • +5
    General CommentYou know what this song is really about?
    Get out your family bible. (No I am not Joking.)
    Look up Jude 13 (Jude is the book right before Revelation- in the back.)
    It will read someting like this:
    "stars with no set course, for which the blackness of darkness stands reserved forever"

    "Stars" in the bible often represent angels- Satan and his demons are called "falling stars" or "stars with no set course"
    ---Hmm, does this sound like another way of saying "wandering stars"?

    Now-- check this out--- Their Judgment:
    "...for who it is reserved....the blackness... the darkness... forever." Lookup Revelation 20:1-3 in your bible. It explains that Satan and his demons will be cast into the abyss. (the blackness, the darkness....)

    Interesting stuff huh?

    Note that she writes from THEIR perspective:

    "Please could you stay awhile to share my grief "
    I think I would be pretty grievous too if I knew I were going to be cast into the abyss.

    The real question is, if BEFORE I wrote this; you didn't know this song had demonic influence, how many other songs that you listen to are influenced the same way.......?

    It's very interesting to see your bible have modern uses, isn't it? If you are curious about WHEN Satan and his demons will finally be cast into the abyss-- I encourage you to read your bible. If you want a deeper knowledge of your bible, contact the Jehovah's Witnesses in your area. They offer free bible studies and will even travel to your home or other place of convenience. It helped me......
    Ravendaymonon October 23, 2004   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI agree with ReActor. Ravendaymon's suggestions are not only valid but intriguing. The idea that she is speaking from Satan's perspective is quite interesting. However, I would suggest that she is speaking from her own perspective. Perhaps she feels as if she, herself is damned, as she seems to be experiencing a living Hell.
    "please stay awhile to share my grief"
    this grief is in life. She also seems to desire death to escape: "and the time i will suffer less is when i never have to wake." Therefore, I would suggest that she desires death to escape Hell.
    I have read parts of the Bible, but read it as myth. And again, I agree with ReActor in that this is not the most appropriate venue to push religion.
    agiepuffon February 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentClearly the chorus was taken directly from the book of Jude. I'm surprised that Raven didn't mention the other Biblical allusion, in the line "those who have seen the needle's eye", a reference to Matthew 19:24. Beth seems to be twisting the imagery to fit in with a portrait of alienation from society combined with depression and drug abuse, which is ultimately what I believe this song is about.

    (In the dim recesses of my mind, I seem to remember an interview or liner note when this album came out in which Beth credited the chorus to one of her friends who has an interest in biblical imagery.)
    jaywantscandyon April 13, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy favorite song on the whole album. Clearly the references are biblical. Although things in the bible can be interpreted so many ways...so I don't know that the meaning is locked into anything because of the reference.

    I think it is about someone sad/depressed....so much so that the 'wandering stars' (perhaps, as someone said, demons) are ENVIABLE. She's so upset that even an existence like that is more desirable than hers.

    "Like a husk, from which all that was, now has fled"

    I think that is how she feels...a husk is them empty void that WAS a full, alive piece of corn. She feels empty, and ueseless....but she wants still to be emptier, like the wandering stars. she doesn't want to be.

    God, this song is soooooooo beautiful, even though it's very fatalistic.
    AlairaKasimeron January 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWandering Star is what the ancients. Use to call the Planets in the sky. Which is what the Greek word for ante means: wandering star.
    Lonestarron February 26, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is absolutly beautiful. look at this

    Please could you stay awhile to share my grief
    For its such a lovely day
    To have to always feel this way
    And the time that I will suffer less
    Is when I never have to wake

    beautiful...
    xCherry_Bombxon April 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is absolutly beautiful. look at this

    Please could you stay awhile to share my grief
    For its such a lovely day
    To have to always feel this way
    And the time that I will suffer less
    Is when I never have to wake

    beautiful...
    xCherry_Bombxon April 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti mean wow! the lyrics are just incredible and then the beat. c'mon pplz! totally awesome! this is an awesome jam!
    luckybuffy826on May 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song just reminds me of preditors taking advantage of young girls, little red riding hood, sigmund freud
    Niamon June 11, 2004   Link

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