Stars — Your Ex-Lover is Dead
Album: Set Yourself on Fire
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Released: 2005
Length: 4:13
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God, that was strange to see you again
Introduced by a friend of a friend
Smiled and said, "Yes, I think we've met before"
In that instant it started to pour

Captured a taxi despite all the rain
We drove in silence across Pont Champlain
And all of that time you thought I was sad
I was trying to remember your name

This scar is a fleck on my porcelain skin
You tried to reach deep but you couldn't get in
And now you're outside me, you see all the beauty
Repent all your sin

Nothing but time and a face that you'll lose
I chose to feel it and you couldn't choose
I'll write you a postcard, I'll send you the news
From the house down the road from real love

Live through this and you won't look back
Live through this and you won't look back
Live through this and you won't look back

There's one thing I have to say so I'll be brave
You were what I wanted
I gave what I gave
I'm not sorry I met you
I'm not sorry it's over
I'm not sorry there's nothing to save
I'm not sorry there's nothing to save
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 ShaunJ wrote:

Question: if your ex-lover is dead, is that good or bad news?

 
I guess it's better than having a present-day lover who is dead...well, unless you're into that kind of stuff.
 ShaunJ wrote:
Question: if your ex-lover is dead, is that good or bad news?
 
It's bad news.  

You were married, yes?  So there must have been something there at the beginning.  As the last lines of this song capture eloquently, "I'm sorry there's nothing to save."

"When there is nothing left to burn, you have to set yourself on fire."http://goo.gl/VC2BvR

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or, bags of firewood are only a fiver......... in fact, Im turning in, tomorrows another day, at least for me.
goodnight and enjoy your self emoliation, .... keep the noise down would you?!


         The Loneliest Monk is Thelonious Monk. It's the fate.I think.
         I'm afraid I can't say my ex, she knew or planned what next.
very nice. Never heard before.{#Cheesygrin}
 robco1 wrote:

Jeff Buckley wrote "Lover You Should Have Come Over" about his breakup with his girlfriend. I went to a memorial concert ten years after his death and one of the performers covered the song. I did okay until the bridge, and on the verse "It's never over / A kingdom for a kiss upon her shoulder..." the guy in front of me collapsed in grief. Within seconds it was painfully clear for whom the central metaphor of the song was no metaphor.

A song is what you bring to it. Great ones touch us and make us examine who we are and what we feel. As this one has done for me today.
 
Thanks for that
 ShaunJ wrote:

Question: if your ex-lover is dead, is that good or bad news?

 
Memories of a previous life rush in; meeting an old friend from the past.
Recollection; a reliving.  Reflection, contemplation.

Good memories, even though it may have ended badly.  Thankful for the experience, the connection.  Sad the connection is no more, but it was worthwhile.

OK, so its not just the song talking...
Interesting!
 coloradojohn wrote:
As Faulkner said, "The Past is not dead — in fact, it's not even past." The haunting, Quantum-Entangled drama in this song cuts deep!

 
Question: if your ex-lover is dead, is that good or bad news?
As Faulkner said, "The Past is not dead — in fact, it's not even past." The haunting, Quantum-Entangled drama in this song cuts deep!
I never thought of that; setting myself on fire. Hmmm.
Probably the best thing ever to emerge from the lil Indies. Some kind of masterpiece.
So proud to be a Montrealer...so proud of the music created in this parts of the world.
 fredriley wrote:
Are this lot The Decembrists in disguise?

dogpound wrote:
predate them.
 
Only by 1 year.....  I agree with Fred — this band should be lumped in with Decemberists.  I hit the PSD button when either of them are played! 
such a weird/great song title.
 bigcat wrote:
This set is so depressing, I may have to go watch golf. Or soccer
 

 fredriley wrote:
Are this lot The Decembrists in disguise?
 
predate them.
I can understand why some people might have a strong emotional connection to it.  I find it just a little too precious, and pretentious.

Your mileage, of course, may vary.
Are this lot The Decembrists in disguise?
LOL  I wish hahahahaha
 robco1 wrote:
A song is what you bring to it. Great ones touch us and make us examine who we are and what we feel. As this one has done for me today.

 
Well written.  Bravo!

{#Clap}

love the intro to this - sounds like Orson Wells.
 bigcat wrote:
This set is so depressing, I may have to go watch golf. Or soccer
 
Wow.
Uplifting.
{#Cheesygrin}

This set is so depressing, I may have to go watch golf. Or soccer
 thewiseking wrote:
um, sorry, this one is not about death in any literal sense
 
Jeff Buckley wrote "Lover You Should Have Come Over" about his breakup with his girlfriend. I went to a memorial concert ten years after his death and one of the performers covered the song. I did okay until the bridge, and on the verse "It's never over / A kingdom for a kiss upon her shoulder..." the guy in front of me collapsed in grief. Within seconds it was painfully clear for whom the central metaphor of the song was no metaphor.

A song is what you bring to it. Great ones touch us and make us examine who we are and what we feel. As this one has done for me today.

thewiseking wrote:
um, sorry, this one is not about death in any literal sense
doesn't need to be - the total nothingness regarding a person once granted entrance to the sanctum sanctorum is joltingly depressing.

Oh, great. The next song is Jeff Buckley's Last Goodbye.

Both beautiful, but I picked a bad week to give up ether.


more stars!
um, sorry, this one is not about death in any literal sense
 element1 wrote:
I really like this song, but I feel like it needs a good refrain.  It's a lot of verse and no hook.
 

I was just wondering the same thing!
Okay, this is one of my favourite songs ever. It takes me back to roadtrips I took in the summer of 2007.

I'm so happy that RP has picked it up! Yay for Canadian Content.


Another great Radio Paradise song used to wonderful effect on "So You Think You Can Dance"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhXtietJZr4
 musicology wrote:
love this tune
 
Yes, another great example of what is "special" about RP! 

love this tune
II really like this track.  Does anyone know if the whole CD is this strong?
I really like this song, but I feel like it needs a good refrain.  It's a lot of verse and no hook.
 TernaryBit wrote:
he's doing it again!! STOP the death!
 
{#Shhh} Don't mention Death, I mentioned it once but I think I got away with it.
 anniebear wrote:
Man fcuk this set Bill, enough death.
 
he's doing it again!! STOP the death!

Beautiful and artfully done. Really captures the end of a hopeless relationship; the sadness, the yearning, the hopes and dreams debased.
Man fcuk this set Bill, enough death.
Define eclectic:

10:31 am Stars
Your Ex-Lover is Dead 
 
10:26 am Jim Carroll Band
People Who Died 
 
10:21 am Butthole Surfers
Pepper Electric 
 
10:16 am Pearl Jam
Nothing As It Seems
Has to be one of my favourite sets ever, just because it's so out there. Awesome, Bill.
Please play "Reunion".  Or "The Aspidistra Flies".  Yum.
Live through this
and you won't look back . . .

Fat chance.
 gabbadar wrote:
Please excuse me while I OD on pills, everyone.

Playlist:
Stars - Your Ex-Lover is Dead
Oingo Boingo - Dead Man's Party
Jim Carroll Band - People Who Died
Butthole Surfers - Pepper



 
That one was priceless!! LOL!

Please excuse me while I OD on pills, everyone.

Playlist:
Stars - Your Ex-Lover is Dead
Oingo Boingo - Dead Man's Party
Jim Carroll Band - People Who Died
Butthole Surfers - Pepper



Love the Friday morning death theme
 The_Enemy wrote:
Actually, I've got the opposite reaction. I love the quote. The song is meh.
 
How am I to know you aren't just being a contrarian, Enemy?

I just love that spoken intro....
wow, those lyrics hit me. Maybe it was the Jim Carroll Band "People Who Died" warmup, but damn...


Wow.

"Live through this and you won't look back?" Fat chance.
auburntigerrich wrote:
Cool to hear Stars on RP - not my favorite track, but still eclectic. = )
I DISCOVERED THEM ON THE FILM QUIET CAOS FROM NANNI MORETTI... REALLY INTERESTING THE SCENE CHOOSEN