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Shooting Star Lyrics

Artist: Harry Chapin
Album: Verities & Ba

He was crazy of course
From the first she must have known it
But still she went on with him
And she never once had shown it
And she took him off the street
And she dried his tears of grieving
She listened to his visions
She believed in his believe-ins

Oh, he was the sun burning bright and brittle
And she was the moon shining back his light a little
He was a shooting star
She was softer and more slowly
He could not make things possible
But, she could make them holy

He was dancing to some music
No one else had ever heard
He'd speak in unknown languages
She would translate every word
And then when the world was laughing
At his castles in the sky
She'd hold him in her body
Till he once again could fly

Oh, he was the sun burning bright and brittle
And she was the moon shining back his light a little
He was a shooting star
She was softer and more slowly
He could not make things possible
But, she could make them holy

Well, she gave him a daughter
And she gave him a son
She was a mother, and a wife,
And a lover when the day was done
He was too far gone for giving love
What he offered in its stead
Was the knowledge she was the only thing
That was not in his head

He took off East one morning
Towards the rising sun's red glow
She knew he was going nowhere
But of course she let him go
And as she stood and watched him dwindle
Much too empty to be sad
He reappeared beside her saying,
"You're all I've ever had"

Oh, he was the sun burning bright and brittle
And she was the moon shining back his light a little
He was a shooting star
She was softer and more slowly
He could not make things possible
But, she could make them holy
Holy

Comments/Interpretations

by Colonel Bob on 12/1/2008 10:22am
I know and am a friend of the gal who the lyrics of this song were written for and about. I can see why Harry loved her.
by schnitzel5000 on 10/1/2013 3:48pm
Great song, great lyrics.
by Consaka on 10/2/2013 1:12am
I loved this song from the minute I first heard it. It tells a story in just a few words that speaks volumes and volumes about true love.

by Thomas A. McDonald on 10/14/2013 11:08am
Bought Verities and Balderdash in 1976 when I was still in the Navy. Wound up buying all Harrys albums. It's a shame he died so young, when he had so much still to give. A true musical genius!
by gubbie on 7/22/2016 10:44am
I love most of Harry's songs, but this one always comes to mind when I think of him. I had a friend for whom this song could have been written. She was definitely the sun, her husband the moon.
Miss you, Harry!








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