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Bad Company: Shooting Star Meaning

Shooting Star Lyrics

Johnny was a schoolboy
When he heard his first Beatles song
Love Me Do I think it was
And from there it didn't take him long

Got himself a guitar
Used to play every night
Now he's in a rock and roll outfit
and everything's all right
Don't ya...

  1. anonymous
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    Sep 9th 2021 report

    I always think about Tommy bolin when I here this song. I'm not sure when passed but being from sioux city the lyrics seemed to fit when I was growing up and its easy to sub Tommy for Johnny

  2. anonymous
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    Feb 22nd 2021 report

    One of Bobby Sand's favorites . We had a singsong for Bobby the night before he started the hungerstrike. He asked Bik to sing shooting star >

  3. anonymous
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    Oct 6th 2020 report

    This song is NOT about the death of Paul Kossoff! The Bad Co. album Straight Shooter was recorded in Sept. '74 and released in April '75. Kossoff died in March'76. If it was written about a specific person, it is most likely about Jimi Hendrix.

  4. anonymous
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    Jul 29th 2019 report

    I think the song about Jimi Hendrix. His name was Johnny before his father changed his name to Jimi. Wine and sleeping pills were found by his bed side. “And when the wind blows” came from. The wind cry’s Mary from Jimi’s song.

  5. anonymous
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    Jun 28th 2018 report

    Lenny Kaye played this for Johnny Thunders. It was very fitting.

  6. anonymous
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    Dec 8th 2017 report

    This song is about any rockstar that dies no matter young or old and Johnny in the beggining is just a name that could be anyone Hendrix,Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rory Gallagher etc.

  7. anonymous
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    Oct 9th 2017 report

    It is a song about the fleeting nature of fame..... and all the world will love you just as long as you are.

  8. anonymous
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    Aug 21st 2017 report

    Paul Rogers says this is a composite of Joplin, Hendrix etc. It is not about Kossof who died a year after this came out.

  9. anonymous
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    Aug 3rd 2017 report

    Paul kossof

  10. anonymous
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    Jul 3rd 2017 report

    I thought everyone knew this was about Paul Kossoff - Free's guitarist. After he died, Bad Company were formed. Paul's father, David Kossoff, used to go to schools & colleges to teach (preach) about drug use, using his son as an example. He use to play various songs of his son, but always played this tribute song.
    The song fits the life of any rock person who died young, but the key line is "Listen to the wind, you can still here him play"
    John Bonham died after this song was released, but his death, inadvertently, lead to the break up of the original band as they were both managed by Peter Grant, & he was so upset by Bonzo's death, he neglected Bad Company to a degree.

  11. anonymous
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    Jun 17th 2017 report

    I'd guess it's either about Hendrix , Morrisey, or Joplin but probly not her with all the references to males

  12. anonymous
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    Oct 24th 2015 report

    Just ask Paul Rodgers of Bad Company.

  13. anonymous
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    Oct 8th 2014 report

    John Bonham.

  14. anonymous
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    Aug 16th 2014 report

    A song about the late and massively great Jimmy Hendrix

  15. anonymous
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    Apr 20th 2013 report

    The song really does remind me of Tommy Bolin. It was almost an eerie prophecy, as this song was written a year before Tommy died. I think of him every time I hear it.

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