Lyrics : The World Will Follow

Album: The World Will Follow, 2011

The World Will Follow 
Music by Starr & Kevin Whalen
Lyrics by Starr, Sund, & Whalen (Whalen’s lyrical contribution: “All these loves, and all these faces, take me down to your beautiful places”)

Calling all artists, travelers of soul,
you who are living on Top Ramen, crackers, and toast,
remember it’s you we depend on the most.
Do what you love, and the world will follow.
Do what you love, and the world will follow.

Do what you love, and the world will follow.
Do what you love, and the world will follow.

Calling all dreamers, wandering with hope,
continue your work daily, without reproach,
and don’t worry, remember:
It’s you we depend on the most

Do what you love, and the world will follow.
Do what you love, and the world will follow.
All these loves and all these faces;
you take me down to your beautiful places.
Do what you love and the world will follow.

Calling all people, hear what Rumi says:
“Out beyond our ideas of right and wrong, there is a field;
I will meet you there.”

I’ll meet you there.
I’ll meet you there.
I’ll meet you there.

Do what you love, and the world will follow.
Do what you love, and the world will follow.

I will meet you, I will meet you there.
I will meet you, I will meet you there.
I will meet you, I will meet you there,
in the beautiful places.

Already Gold 
Music by Starr

Lyrics by Starr, Sund, and Whalen (Whalen’s lyrical contribution: “Money talks, but it doesn’t say anything”)

Stop working so hard,
and look at me.
Can you still feel the currency?

“Money,” you say, “more money;
just give me one more day
to figure out this alchemy.”

When will you know we are already gold?
When will you know that:

I love you.
You know it’s true.
Stop playing the fool 
and love me too.

Stop working so hard
and listen to me.
Can you hear the new philosophy?

“Money,” I say, “more money;
it won’t solve everything.”
You say money talks, I say
money talks, but it doesn’t say anything.

When will you know we are already gold?
When will you know that:

I love you.
You know it’s true.
Stop playing the fool 
and love me too.

When will we know we are already gold?
When will we know we are already gold?

Money talks but it doesn’t say anything.
Money talks but it doesn’t say anything.

Little Bird 
Music by Starr
Lyrics by Starr & Sund

Last night I saw my face, it wasn’t me, wasn’t me.
A warm wind blew its voice, a bird
call-calling me, calling me
home. But I’m on the road, too long
I’ve gone with no song to sing.

Little bird, tell me it’s okay.
Little bird, teach us your freedom ways.

So many times I’ve tried to get it right, get it right.
But hey, what’s right for you, well
it keeps me on the ground,
falling down. Been on this road,
too long I’ve gone with no song to sing.

Little bird, tell me it’s okay.
Little bird, teach us your freedom ways.
Little bird, teach us your freedom ways.
Little bird, teach us your freedom ways.

Last night I dreamt of a little girl walking through the trees.
When I asked her for her name,
she pointed everywhere
and back at me. Today she’s gone, I know,
but I’ll look for her anyway.

Little girl, tell me it’s okay.
Little girl, teach us your freedom ways.

A Song that Never Dies 
Music by Starr
Lyrics by Sund & Matthew Fishler (Fishler’s lyrical contribution: first verse, based on his poem, Winter 2006, Untitled) 

I shudder at the strangeness of this:
the darkness that engulfs stars
but seeds something holy and shy,
gems gleaming
with a most sensuous nothingness
that cannot be spoken,
that cannot be spoken.

You’re a song that never dies,
a reverberation that fills the skies.
You’re a song that never dies,
a reverberation that fills the skies.

I shudder at the strangeness of this:
how surrender is the moment of bliss;
you know,  don’t hang on
to what you cannot fix, lucky to find you
in the morning alive in a ditch.
You cannot be broken,
you cannot be broken.

Cuz you’re a song that never dies,
a reverberation that fill the skies.
You’re a song that never dies,
a reverberation that fills the skies.

Wake up in glass and flashing lights,
the cop telling you you should have died.
Never never never never never, no not
ever ever ever ever everrrrrr…

Cuz you’re a song that never dies,
a reverberation that fills the skies.
You’re a song that never dies,
a reverberation that fills the skies.

Happy Ballad 
Music by Starr & Whalen

Lyrics by Starr & Sund

Get your tattoo fill in Hipsterville.
Pierced and in pain,
coffee shop barista insane.
Drugged and dazed,
floating in a Zoloft haze,
I’m only happy when I’m sad.

My boyfriend’s in a band,
flirts with all his fans,
says don’t cry, baby, don’t be sad.

I just wanna be happy, 
I’m gonna be happy
I’m only happy when I’m sad.
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I’m vegan mean, a caffeinated machine.
With my apocalyptic thoughts,
headache from last night’s shots,
and nails painted black,
I go on a cappuccino attack.
I’m only happy when I see your back.

I just wanna be happy, 
I’m gonna be happy,
I’m only happy when I’m sad.

I just wanna be happy, 
I’m gonna be happy,
I’m only happy when I’m sad.

I am happy, happy, happy.

Jesus Christ may have died to save the winners,
but what about us sinners?
I want to believe,
but the milk needs steamed,
and the homeless man
needs the bathroom key.

My boyfriend’s in a band,
flirts with all his fans,
says don’t cry, baby, don’t be sad.

I just wanna be happy, 
I’m gonna be happy,
I’m only happy when I’m sad.

I just wanna be happy, 
I’m gonna be happy,
I’m only happy when I’m sad.

Delilah’s Response 
Music by Starr

Lyrics by Starr & Sund

As I watched him sleep,
my strength it did betray.
But they say I did the right thing
by sending him away-
ayayayayayyyyyyyyy.

What is love when you fall in love
With the one you love 
that you can’t love anymore?

I’m looking at our photograph
while lying on the floor.
It says from Sampson to his girl,
“The one I so adore.”

I tricked him, I know I did.
I tricked him, I know I did.

What is love when you fall in love
With the one you love 
that you can’t love anymore?

Shower me with gold
and all your accolades.
Say I did the right thing
by sending him away-
ayayayayayyyyyyyyy.

Surely you’ve walked through fire.
Surely you’ve looked through wine.
Surely you’ve felt the flame.
Surely you’ve known desire.

Desire.

Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead Cover)
Lyrics by Thom Yorke

Ticket-Taker
Music by Starr
Lyrics by Starr & Sund

Ticket-Taker, tell me a story,
tell me about how it all begins.
Ticket-Taker, tell me
how the machines lit brightly
turn tightly behind your back.

Up at twilight, out the door,
but Ticket-Taker please say some more.
How many tickets will it take
till we’re through with this thrill?

I’m on  a tilt-a-whirl
I’m on a tilt-a-whirl

How many tickets will it take
till we’re through with this thrill?
How many tickets will it take
till we’re through with this thrill?

Ticket-Taker, Ticket-Taker
Ticket-Taker, Ticket-Taker
Ticket-Taker, Ticket-Taker
Ticket-Taker, Ticket-Taker

Will you strap me in,
will you wish me a good ride?
Will you strap me in,
will you wish me a good ride?

El Amor (Song for Sylvia) 
Music by Starr
Lyrics by Starr & Sund

Sylvia is a really really really smart girl,
been here a week at Sunset Malibu.
Quotes Rilke, the Apostle Paul,
Nabokov, and Tori Amos Too.

She only occasionally throws her chair
and phantom scratches at the air.
“El amor! El amor!”
She screams at us and slams the door.

Sylvia is a really really really scared girl,
doesn’t know if she can play it straight.
The last time she was sober
was one day late October,
and now here it was the end of May.

In the ocean breeze, highway one,
take a ride with me and feel the love.
El amor, el amor, one more score,
and you could be at our door.

Sylvia is a really really really rich girl,
one of the truly lucky few,
cuz money here buys a Higher Power,
only 12 steps to the surf at sunset Malibu.

In the ocean breeze, highway one,
take a ride with me and feel the love.
El amor, el amor,
Sylvia, put the pills back in the drawer.

She only occasionally throws her chair
and phantom scratches at the air.
“El amor! El amor!
What else is there to live for?”

Feel the love, feel the love, feel the love…

The World Will Follow (acoustic version) 
Music by Starr & Whalen

Lyrics by Starr, Sund, & Whalen(Whalen’s lyrical contribution: “All these loves, and all these faces, take me down to your beautiful places”)

Calling all artists, travelers of soul,
you who are living on Top Ramen, crackers, and toast,
remember it’s you we depend on the most.
Do what you love, and the world will follow.
Do what you love, and the world will follow.

Do what you love, and the world will follow.
Do what you love, and the world will follow.

Calling all dreamers, wandering with hope,
continue your work daily, without reproach,
and don’t worry, remember:
It’s you we depend on the most

Do what you love, and the world will follow.
Do what you love, and the world will follow.
All these loves and all these faces;
you take me down to your beautiful places.
Do what you love and the world will follow.

Calling all people, hear what Rumi says:
“Out beyond our ideas of right and wrong, there is a field;
I will meet you there.”

I’ll meet you there.
I’ll meet you there.
I’ll meet you there.

Do what you love, and the world will follow.
Do what you love, and the world will follow.

I will meet you, I will meet you there.
I will meet you, I will meet you there.
I will meet you, I will meet you there,
in the beautiful places. 

Water Rising
Music by Andi Starr