Your star will shine again one day
Through deep blue velvet skies
Shine for all the world to see
The universe in your eyes
When the storm outside is raging
And the dogs they howl your name
Lay down to sleep, I'll kiss you
Your star will shine again
Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah nah
Hush my darling don't you cry
I'll stay by your side until morning
All through the night I'll watch the skies
And your distant sun
Will shine like the gun
That's trained right between your daddy's eyes
John Squire (guitar)
Ian Brown (vocals)
Alan Wren (percussion, backing vocals)
Love Spreads single (b-side)
Second Coming (2.59)
First live performance:
Oslo Rockefeller Music Hall (19th April 1995)
Your Star Will Shine, the only song on Second Coming to clock in at under three minutes, was written at Rockfield by John and recorded very quickly. For the backwards guitars that run parallel to the acoustic guitar, Simon Dawson turned the tape upside-down and John learned the song backwards.
"At first, we were just going to use the version we recorded as a proper demo. Reni wanted to play percussion at the same time as John was playing guitar, so we put him in the corridor. They came in and listened to it, and really liked it. I thought, 'we can't go with that', as it speeds up a little at the end of the intro. But they decided to go with that version, and we finished it really quickly, in three or four days."
(Simon Dawson speaking to Sound On Sound magazine, May 1995)
Christmas comes but once a year. Some things are worth waiting longer for. With a hint of Matthew 2: 2, Your Star Will Shine expresses John's concern that he will not be around to see his daughter, Jamie, grow up. The song has echoes of John Lennon's 'Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)', written to his son, Sean.
John Lennon, Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) (1980)
The rehearsal sessions of this song, from the 'In The Studio' CD, expose Ian's vocal limitations. He has trouble keeping time with John, and the latter can be heard commenting on Track 10: "It just sounds like you've forgotten everything, everything we did before tea." This CD also features some rare singing by John on Track 6 (entitled 'Losing the melody') and Track 8 ('From 2nd verse').
Derivative, charmless and somehow manages to outstay its welcome, despite being the shortest song on the album.
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