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It's just another night
And I'm staring at the moon
I saw a shooting star and thought of you
I sang a lullaby
By the waterside and knew
If you were here, I'd sing to you
You're on the other side
As the skyline splits in two


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    Nov 23rd, 2014 11:35am report

    This song is based on 'The Fault in Our Stars' book by John Green. It explores Hazel Grace's and Augustus' struggles with cancer and how it can bring people together. The song seems to be from the point of Hazel (like the book is.)


    In the first verse it is obvious that Augustus is a very valued and important person in Hazel's life as she 'saw a shooting star and thought of [him].' This suggests that he is special as shooting stars are considered rare and beautiful, like Augustus most obviously is to Hazel. This line also portrays the idea that she spends lots of time thinking about him and he obviously changed her life.

    The second section starts with 'you're on the other side' as in Augustus is in heaven (as Hazel is referring to the other side of the stars.) So this song is set after his death, near the end of the book. Hazel also seems to suddenly feel distant from him as she is 'miles away', this also suggests she believes she will not die soon and that she can beat her cancer, as it possibly suggests she is miles away from heaven too (as well as Augustus.)

    The rhetorical question; 'I wonder, do you see them too?' emphasises how alone she feels and how much they shared together, as here she is being open and honest about her inner thoughts.

    In the beginning of the chorus Hazel feels nostalgic of the time she spent with Augustus as she wants him to 'open his eyes' and possibly come back to life (although she knows this is impossible.) Despite this she is still hopeful and possibly looking forward to meeting Augustus in heaven as their 'horizons meet' and 'all of these stars will guide us home.'

    In the book there is a lot of imagery associated with stars and Shakespeare's quote 'The fault dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.' Hazel has faith that the stars will guide her back to him as she possibly believes they have ruled her life (as she has cancer through not fault of her own) and that her fate was already written in them before she was born.

    The line 'these scars will bleed' shows how she is still in pain and upset about his death and that it will take a long time to get over him, but she will do it. However as scars never properly heal this is reflecting how she will never fully get over his death and that it will affect her and her life until she meets him again in heaven. The plural on 'scars' also suggests she understands Augustus' pain of them being split apart and Hazel is possibly imagining how upset Augustus feels knowing Hazel is still alive on earth, while he is in heaven knowing he can't communicate with her.

    The second verse explores Hazel's memories of her and Augustus whilst he was still alive. 'I looked across and I fell in love' shows how passionate and impulsive their love was. It was instant and follows the well-known phrase 'love at first sight' although in the book it seems that they are friends for a long time before their night in Amsterdam, there is always the underlying tone that they love each other so much they don't want to ruin it by doing something about it. It also connects to the line in the book; 'I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, and then all at once.' The all at once part is similar to the 'looked across' line in the song.

    The line 'everything led back to you' again emphasises the importance of Augustus in her life and how much she truly loves him. He was almost like one of the guiding stars that she trusts and follows so much. The fact that she feels everything leads back to him shows why she will never be able to get over him properly.

    The second rhetorical question of the song 'so can you see the stars over Amsterdam?' highlights the importance of that place to them as it is a treasured memory of their love. Plus it suggests the Hazel believes when you are in heaven you can go anywhere, and that is the one place Augustus would go to commemorate his love and relationship with Hazel.

    The last line is very powerful 'I can see the stars from America.' It is almost reassuring Augustus and demonstrates Hazel's strength as a person. The stars to her are almost a metaphor for Augustus. She is telling Augustus that she can see him and that she will always look for him.


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    Jul 16th, 2014 7:11am report

    This song is based on the relationship between Hazel Lancaster & Augustus Waters, fictional characters from the book The Fault In Our Stars (now also a movie)


    This song has a lot of links to death (as Augustus dies)

    You're on the other side
    If you were here

    The song is from Hazels point of view and she gazing at the sky thinking about him and what they had and knowing that one day she'll see him again.


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    Aug 22nd, 2014 8:29pm report

    I'm the person who posted the first interpretation for this song. Sorry about it being pretty crappy, as I hadn't read the book before writing it. Now I have read the book, so I probably can give a better interpretation for this.
    This song has a lot of links to death, probably because Augustus dies at the end.

    You're on the other side
    If you were here

    This song's also probably from Hazel's point of view, as she misses him a lot at the end of the book.


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    Jun 4th, 6:12pm report

    All Ed's songs have beautiful meanings. All Of The Stars is from the movie "The Fault In Our Stars."

    Now if you've read or the watched the book/movie, then the meaning behind this song is clear. But if you haven't then I'm gonna explain this sentence by sentence, and I hope that'll clear something out:


    [Verse 1]
    It's just another night, and I'm staring at the moon
    I saw a shooting star and thought of you.

    Okay so this is after Augustus dies, which means Hazel is the one thinking about this. So, after Gus dies, there's a scene where Hazel looks up in the sky and watches the stars. She here is talking about how she's staring at the sky and she sees a shooting star and thinks of Gus, because she misses him.

    I sang a lullaby by the waterside and knew
    If you were here, I'd sing to you
    You're on the other side, as the skyline splits in two
    I'm miles away from seeing you
    But I can see the stars from America
    I wondered, do you see them too?

    Now here, Hazel is obviously missing Gus as she alone stares at the sky and sings lullaby to herself sitting at the waterside, she thinks how if Gus'd be there with her, she'd sing the lullaby to him too. As Hazel lives in America and Gus is well, dead. She tells how her and Gus are so apart and can't see each other, as he's dead and she's still alive. But she tells how she can see the stars from America, now, here star can be a metaphor for Gus too, meaning she sees him and misses him. And then, asks an obvious rhetoric question if he sees them too or misses her too.

    So open your eyes and see
    The way our horizons meet
    And all of the lights will lead
    Into the night with me
    And I know these scars will bleed
    But both of our hearts believe
    All of these stars will guide us home.


    Then the next paragraph tells us about how Hazel misses Gus so much that she wants him to come back to her. "So open you eyes" this clearly tells how Hazel wants Gus to wake up and be there with her. Although, she's well aware of the fact that he's dead. "I know the scars will bleed and the light will guide us home." Now, here scars is the metaphor for the pain that Hazel is going through after Gus' death. This tells us how the scars ie. Hazel's pain will be the same, she isn't getting over it anytime soon. She is so eager to get Gus back that she tells him how the light will guide him home that is to her.

    Hazel and Gus may used to listen songs together and there's where this comes from. She tells him how she can hear his heartbeat, this time might be when he was still alive. Now, the song Chasing Cars might've been what one calls 'their song', that is their fave, so she remembers how they both used to listen to their favorite song and used to lay next to each other, means she misses him. 'Everything led back to you' means how everything no matter what she does, she can't stop thinking about him, and everything leads to him. At last she asks him if he can see the stars from Amsterdam, which if you read the book or watched the movie, you'll know that Gus confessed his feelings on the trip to Amsterdam and Hazel fell in love with him on the same trip. So Amsterdam's their favorite place and if Gus have been anywhere it might be it because they shared pretty great moments back there.


    Although it was pretty long, I hope this helped someone out. Have a nice day x!!!


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    Feb 10th, 2019 2:19pm report

    I know that this is from TFIOS and it is about Gus' death, but I interpret it as a love miles apart. Two lovers who are far away from each other and miss each other. "I can see the stars from America." The couple miss each other and reminisce about their times together before the long distance relationship. "All of the stars will guide us home". They share a love for the stars and it is one thing that brought them together and the only thing that will lead them back to each other and remind each other of their love and that it's strong enough to endure.


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    Feb 3rd, 2018 2:57am report

    I think that this is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever listened to. I think that all of Ed's song has a meaning to the lyrics and I find this one really sad because it is kinda like if your best friend moves away because you won't see them until you or her/him goes to visit one another and that could be a long time depending where they have moved to and if the families are wealthy or not


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    Oct 1st, 2016 10:14pm report

    I think that this is a song about true lovers that can't be together and that continue to hope that one day they could reunite.

    The line "I can see the stars from America and I wonder, do you see them too" suggest that they don't precisely know where each other is but that however far they are from each other, they remain together on their star.

    The line "You're on the other side" can mean that they once loved each other without knowing that they couldn't be together. It suggest a love like Romeo and Juliet, something split them apart.

    All of the song talks about the wicked game that the two lovers play, hoping to be with their dearest, but knowing that they can't


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    Jul 12th, 2016 7:09pm report

    I seriously think its about taylor Swift in a way.

    "I can see the stars from America"
    Taylor stays there and also commented on how much she loved how the stars shined.

    "I can hear your heart on the radio beat"
    Hes referring to her song wildest dreams wheres she uses her heartbeat in the beginning.

    He also refers to how far they are from each other as they are touring musicians.

    Boredom hit me bad here.


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    Nov 26th, 2015 11:53am report

    I think this is a song about being afraid to lose someone you love and need.


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    Nov 6th, 2015 11:51am report

    It's actually about my life. No joke. Every Ed Sheeran song I hear, has been about my life. This one is about my long distance relationship. We watched the stars. And stars were the thing that brought us together on a cruise. He told me "every time I missed him, to look up at the stars and he'll know I'm okay" this song came out before.
    Every Ed Sheeran song has been telling a story of my life. Our relationship was brought together by Ed.. Don't mean to sound stupid here but it's clearly stating a struggling relationship. And from what I herd and lived, it's talking about the struggle of living over seas and how it's hard to be apart. Maybe he's talking about a friend or more than a friend but from what I know is it's extremely hard to leave behind someone you love even if it's a friend and someone you love.


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    Sep 20th, 2015 9:24am report

    I think this song has multi meanings, all you have to do is look at the video and the messeges throughout it, A listener that truly loves music will interpret the song that means the most to them, it doesn't just have to be about a film love story.


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    Jun 25th, 2014 6:49pm report

    This is a song about a long-term relationship. The boy really wants the girl to be there besides him (It's just another night and I'm staring at the moon
    I saw a shooting star and thought of you
    I sang a lullaby by the waterside and knew
    If you were here, I'd sing to you)

    (You're on the other side
    As the skyline splits in two
    Miles away from seeing you)
    Again this is about the boy wanting the girl beside him.

    (But I can see the stars from America
    I wonder, do you see them too?)
    This could mean lots of things but I personally think this is the most accurate:
    The boy doesn't know where the girl is and if she's even in the same country.

    Chorus: (So open your eyes and see
    The way our horizons meet
    And all of the lights will lead
    Into the night with me
    And I know these scars will bleed
    But both of our hearts believe
    All of these stars will guide us home)
    This probably means the boy knows he will see the girl soon even though there will be tragedies before he gets to see her again.

    (I can hear your heart on the radio beat
    They're playing "Chasing Cars" and I thought of us
    Back to the time you were lying next to me
    I looked across and fell in love)
    This means he can hear her even though they are physically miles apart and remembers the time they met and fell in love at first sight.

    (So I took your hand
    Back through lamp-lit streets and knew
    Everything led back to you)
    This probably means no matter what he does he will see her again.

    (So can you see the stars over Amsterdam?
    Hear the song my heart is beating to)
    This probably means wherever she is he's asking if she's thinking about him and missing him to.


    (And oh
    And oh
    And oh whoa
    I can see the stars from America)
    These are the last lines in the song. Couldn't really figure out if they even have meaning :P

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