|First live performance||13th May 2006|
|Latest live performance||-|
|Recorded||New York Avatar/Electric Lady Studios - 2005|
|Chart position||5 (AU), 13 (UK) (UK download chart), 7 (UK physical), 1 (NME)|
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First described as "a souped-up cousin of the Strokes' '12:51'", according to Wolstenholme, "Starlight" is "kind of a love song about missing someone, friends, family, someone you love". It is in the key of B major.
"Starlight was written in the practice studio at the end of 2004. It was a simple idea, stemming from a piano impro. We wanted to keep it as simple as possible, and that was very difficult to do. Starlight had to be spontaneous, unleashing an energy that was difficult to capture. It’s influenced by The Strokes, on a drumbeat and basic bass lines. Its structure is simple, and its melodies are catchy. There’s a pop element in each of our albums, a simple bit, very melodic, like "Time Is Running Out" on Absolution. Today, Starlight is that one."
Starlight is played for Edmontonians of Alberta, Canada on Sonic 102.9, as well as being the opening music for the Euro 2008 Football Qualifiers coverage on Sky Sports in the UK. In Scandinavia, the song is used in the commercial of the television channel Viasat.
The clapping at the beginning of "Starlight" can be written as "— ·· — ···" in Morse code, which spells out "TITS". However, this is probably a coincidence.
The lyric "of the people who care if I live or die" carries a strong similarity to a lyric in The Smiths song "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now". Morrissey sings "...why do I give valuable time/to people who don't care if I live or die? As Muse has covered The Smiths previously this lyric appears to be an homage to The Smiths.
Matt has stated in an interview that Starlight is his son's favourite Muse song.
"Starlight" is played in B flat major live, instead of the recorded B. Starting sometime during the latter half of 2006, Bellamy started a routine of asking the people in a certain area, usually the back or top, how they are doing and dedicating "Starlight" to them. During the Resistance tour, Matt usually played a short Spanish guitar riff before the song.
An alternative mix of "Starlight", known as the "New Mix, "Radio Mix" or "Radio Version" was distributed on promotional media only. This version was presumably created to give the song a sound more suitable for radio broadcast.
Far away This ship has taken me far away Far away from the memories Of the people who care if I live or die Starlight I will be chasing a starlight Until the end of my life I don't know if it's worth it anymore Hold you in my arms I just wanted to hold You in my arms My life You electrify my life Lets conspire to ignite All the souls that would die just to feel alive I'll never let you go If you promise not to fade away Never fade away Our hopes and expectations Black holes and revelations Our hopes and expectations Black holes and revelations Hold you in my arms I just wanted to hold You in my arms Far away The ship has taken me far away Far away from the memories Of the people who care if I live or die And I'll never let you go If you promise not to fade away Never fade away Our hopes and expectations Black holes and revelations, yeah Our hopes and expectations Black holes and revelations Hold you in my arms I just wanted to hold You in my arms I just wanted to hold
During some live performances, Bellamy alters the chorus to:
Our hopes and expectations Black holes and revelations Our trials and tribulations Black holes and revelations
During the intimate gig at Shepherd's Bush, London 2013, Bellamy changed the line: "I don't know if it's worth it anymore" into: "And now I know it's not worth it anymore"
- ↑ Muselive.com - Starlight reaches #13 20060911
- ↑ Starlight #7 on physical copies - Muselive.com 20060912
- ↑ Andy Willsher. (2006-03-15). New songs review. NME. [verify]
- ↑ Corey Moss. (2006-09-08). Muse Get Stuck At Sea — Without Unicorns — In 'Starlight' Clip. [verify]
- ↑ Discussion in London (2006-05). Rock Mag. Retrieved 2007-05-09. [verify]
- ↑ Starlight (New Mix) (2006-09-02). Retrieved 2008-07-15 from muselive.com.
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