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Immensely Engaging. | Reviewer: Wills | 1/24/10
This song strikes an excellent balance lyrically between being open ended enough to invite a wide personal response, and being precise enough not to slide into lapse into an all too often encountered pitfall of ambiguity.
On a musical level, I think this song doesn't miss a beat, having a great deal of depth especially for a three piece band. Bellamy's vocals seem to have a romance about them, if you will, that resonates deeply. Furthermore, that driving drum beat that is inexorably militaristic really picks up the message of this song, such that it engages listeners throughout the whole duration of the song.
That 'military precision' drum beat, I believe, really validates Ricky's interpretation of this song, although I would challenge the proposition that Muse are a Punk/Emo band. While their origin's lie in the Post Punk movement (Much like Radiohead) Muse are purely and Alternative/Progressive Rock band.
I would most definitely agree that this song has that nostalgic element to it, no doubt experienced by soldiers whilst going to war, etc. But as other's have no doubt discussed, this song's lyrics extend well beyond that. I find that it can just as easily apply to my own personal life, as well as that of many others.
This is done through the emotion of a resentment for missed opportunities, particularly pertaining to love, which permeates through this song. I myself for example have recently come to grips with that delayed regret of missed opportunity, coupled with knowing you can never return to rectify the matter.
Finally, to everyone who has been saying that this is what Muse is all about, I full heartedly agree with you. This is perhaps my favourite song from them, in spite of the fact that people have called it a 'balladic wankfest'.
There is a glimmer of hope, I've noticed in this song, which reminded me of a quote "You can't turn back the clock, certainly. But you don't have to wind it either."
incredible | Reviewer: email@example.com | 11/15/09
This song is what music is about. It applies to every one that is going through a difficult moment. It doesn't.matter if you are a solder in iraq or a father working in another city it just shows we all miss our starlight
Meaning | Reviewer: Ricky | 8/2/09
Muse is sort of an emo/punkish band. As such, their lyrics and songs would typically reflect world events and government.
Looking at it that way, I always assumed the lyrics were about soldiers. They leave to cross the ocean, leaving behind their family members, friends, and lovers to a place where their life has no meaning. Starlight is probably something like going back in time to the days before they left. Seeing as how the light from the stars is actually millions of years old. "i just wanted to hold you in my arms." Think of someone lying in a trench in Iraq. All he can do is dream of what he should have done while looking up at the stars.
29/07/09 | Reviewer: natalie | 7/29/09
this song is what muse is about. it doesn't matter how long it takes for the sun's rays to travel; science has no hold on interpretation. the lyrics encapsulate every persons own individual views. it could be about anything at all, it doesn't matter. to each their own, but in this case to each and for all.
Starlight | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/15/09
This is such a cool song. I heard it once and I was hooked. Also, I agree that this song doesn't have just one concrete meaning. It's great that one song can mean so many different things to different people.
Oh, just one more thing- Mike, the sun's rays take only 8 minutes to reach us. :)
I love this song.
hello. | Reviewer: Noelle | 6/16/09
I've known this song for a while. But, I never really analyzed the meaning of the song.
There is no need for all of you to debate what the meaning of the song is. To me, there really isn't a specific meaning. You can make whatever you want. But it's all in the same category. To me, it's really referring to one person that brightens your life. And you've been looking for that person(starlight) and finally you found that person. In this case, I think you are the "ship". That's what I think. Muse rocks my socks off, esp this song.
muse rocks. period. | Reviewer: tashmaniac | 3/31/09
nice interpretations..i never realized that this song could have tons of them because when i first heard of it, it reminded me of that someone whom i love..well i think that the ship is the life you have with your special someone and that starlight is that person because he/she illuminates your life and the part with black holes and revelations etc..hmm i think that means the things in the future which are very much uncertain because you'll never know where life could take you..the other words in the song..well i guess you guys can figure out what it means hehe
Deep Song, Many Meanings I think Its about a Goal or Ideal to strive for. | Reviewer: lonewolf | 2/10/09
Still my favourite song. It is one of those songs that can be interpreted in many ways. It could make you happy or sad. different days this song to me has different meanings It could be about a plane, a girlfriend (long distance maybe), love,and illuminati or NWO conspiracy or I really think metaphorically its a goal or ideal in life. It took me a while to figure this out.
This ship has taken me far away
Far away from the memories
Of the people who care if I live or die
-this is about the journey to the goal and sometimes our goals take us out of a comfort zone or away from people in our lives who aren't ready to change with you
I will be chasing a starlight
Until the end of my life
I don't know if it's worth it anymore
- Starlight is the goal its self.
You electrify my life
Let's conspire to ignite
All the souls that would die just to feel alive
- the feeling of this goal and pursuit of the goal. How its what drives this person
I'll never let you go
If you promise not to fade away
Never fade away
- I'll never let this goal go as long as it doesn't fade away
Our hopes and expectations
Black holes and revelations
- Black holes are still virtually unknow objects in the universe. Sure we can see them but no one knows for sure whats in them.
- in life we have hopes and expectations and unknown things and things that we learn or are revealed
Hold you in my arms
I just wanted to hold you in my arms
- the goal itself
That's the great thing about a band like Muse is there are so many ways you can interpret this song. To each person on a different day it could mean so much more.
Words are nothing to describe what I'm feeling | Reviewer: Katrin | 2/10/09
It sounds stupid, but I see my life in this song. I want to see everything in this world, it'll always chasing me. So as many of us.
Sometimes I want to cry when I listen it, want to cry and smile.
I've said this hundreds times, but anyway: Muse is one of the greatest bands in the world
Muse: Up for interpretation | Reviewer: London Anon | 2/2/09
I like Ricardo's thinking and I concur. Muse's songs are all about metaphors; the difference being that the original thoughts behind the metaphors maybe somewhat different to those interpreted.
Literature, songs or anything of the sort are open for interpretation, but it boils down to how, on a personal level, you 'read' the music.
From my perspective, I agree with Shiva (though I have some subtle differences of my own).
All in all, Starlight, to me, is one of the best Muse songs. My take on it has got me through some rough patches.
I'm glad that regardless of how we read the metaphors (or not in Anon's case!) we all love the song.
P.S. LOL to mike and Anon - way more than 1! I know that you were saying it would take longer, but it would take more than the age of civilised world to reach the nearest star... :P
hoping too correct anonymous | Reviewer: mike | 1/24/09
Anonymous, get your facts straight - if you want to put in a science definition, at least get it straight.
Rays from the sun (our nearest star) take about what, 2 hours to reach us? so if our "theoretical" fastest ships could travel at 1/10 the speed of light, I doubt it would take a generation for us to travel to the sun :).
Regardless, this is a great song!
Best Song Ever :) | Reviewer: Elena | 1/22/09
I know the song is not likely to Muse's original sound but it is still my favorite song of all the times. It's simply the most beautiful song that anyone could ever come up with, and the lyrics are certainly enchanting. Ha, and to think that it's one of the most personal songs from Matthew.
Muse, forever the greatest band!
The anonymous, the astro guy/girl =) | Reviewer: Ricardo | 1/19/09
OMG XD LMAO. Muse dont sing about science, everything is a single metaphor. I won't explain it 'cause Shiva did it perfectly ^~
No hard feelings, hear it agan now and think about what its trying to say and not what its actually saying. You can even come with a new interpretation.. and if it WORKS for you, its a right one =). Just try not be literal because its boring. Crappy bands/singers are nothing but literal and predictable in a disgusting way. Enjoy!
i just love it!!! | Reviewer: bety | 1/9/09
one of the best songs of muse!! i really love this song, it makes me happy just by hearing it!!! i guess it reminds me that even though it's kind of difficult to keep moving and leave people behind we should understand that in life there's always new things coming to it and we should just be positive. i dunno i guess it also makes me think about a special person that introduced me in the obseesion for this band :D. but well just saying that i love this song and i can hear it all over and over again :P
sorry for the crappy english xD but u know also here in mexico there's a lot of people that loves muse
reply to "V" | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/3/09
Pop rocks? No, rock rocks. thats why its called rock. Pop is just generic crap for the masses. This is a great song, by a great band. A great band which was inspired by the greatest singer/songwriter in history... Jeff Buckley
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