Superstar



Hey, I see you from afar
You're a living superstar, that's what you are yeah
Hey, I see you from afar
You're a living superstar
You are yeah

Some people living like they won't get very far
Some people living like they're living life on Mars
The naked eye can only see so many stars
Some people living like they're living life on Mars

Hey, I see you from afar
You're a living superstar, that's what you are yeah
Hey, I see you from afar
You're a living superstar
You are yeah

I'd sooner eat the snake than have to eat the sand
The desert wind creates Stone Roses underland

All things shall be revealed, all crazy laws shall be revealed
All things shall be revealed, all crazy laws shall be revealed
All things shall be revealed, all crazy laws shall be revealed
All things shall be revealed, all crazy laws shall be revealed
You're a living superstar (Repeat to fade)


Lyrics by:
Brown / McCracken

Available on:
Whispers (b-side) (4.47)
Bonus track on Japanese edition of Music Of The Spheres

Details:

"The desert wind creates Stone Roses underland..." The Saharan desert rose. "Underneath the desert, the sand is blown by the wind and forms what are called desert stone roses. The name was thought up by John Squire." Ian Brown (TOTP Q & A session, 1998). This imagery would resurface on Upside Down and the Ian Brown-penned track, 'Give The Young A Chance', which features on Sami Yusuf's 2010 album, 'Wherever You Are' ("Through the sandstorms where the high wind blows. A desert rose does bloom."). Stone Roses form in sand, and The Stone Roses formed in sand; as well as the band's name originating in sand, so too does the earliest meeting of the band's songwriting partnership - Squire's first recollection of meeting Brown is as toddlers in a sandpit. Incidentally, the band also share their name with a Sarah Gainham espionage novel from the 1950s.

This fine bonus track is structured around the 1998 Pras hit, 'Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)', which featured Ol' Dirty Bastard and Mưa.

 

The chorus of this Pras track is a reworking of 1983's Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton hit, 'Islands in the Stream', written by the Bee Gees.

This track's buoyant message can perhaps be traced to Ian Brown's conversation with Northern Soul legend Geno Washington in 1983, fresh from a gig at Manchester University. Ian held a party for his girlfriend's (Michelle 'Mitch' Davitt) 21st birthday at his flat in Charles Barry Crescent, Hulme; one of his friends who worked at Salford University was in Geno's road crew, and he invited him to the party. Dexys Midnight Runners had recently reached the Number One spot with 'Geno', their tribute to the singer. Geno told Ian at the party that he was "a star" ("You're a living superstar...") and that he should "be an actor, be a singer." Ian, buoyed by this encouragement, took John Squire up on his offer to sing in The Waterfront. Squire had asked Brown to share vocal duties with Kaiser only a few days prior to this encounter with Geno.

The lyrics to the aforementioned Sami Yusuf track, 'Give The Young A Chance', are included below:

"As the moon shall turn the tides, and as the stars shall light your ride..."


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