Waiting on a Star

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about

One morning online I happened to see a video of a hearse carrying a very famous singer who’d died recently (and tragically—too young and too strung out). Ultimately everyone handles fame differently—some with grace while others never do quite adjust to it. It’s hard to say why, but that Tuesday, an icon got laid to rest while her fans stood under their umbrellas and sang her songs. In some ways, that feels to me like more than one can expect to accomplish in this lifetime. This is for her…

‘Thanks’ to Don Metz who gave me reason to believe in this song when I had more or less written it off. Don knows the old ‘Blue Highways’ better than anyone I know…

lyrics

Waiting on a Star
By Dan Weber © 2015 Highway142Music (ASCAP)

The room smelled like lilies, on Easter Sunday
But it was Tuesday, it was Tuesday all day
At Falvo and Sons Funeral Parlor
It was Tuesday, but it’s always that way

All the ladies wore black; the men wore suits
And ‘Old Spice’ to hide the booze
And though everyone tried, no one could fathom
The depths of what more, they could lose

Chorus:
‘Cause she was their own angel, with homemade wings
Who flew too close to the sun
Now they’re lined up on Main, for that long black wagon
Waiting for their star to come

A small town, a small town, ain’t it always that way
She started in church, singin’ His praise
One day a man, from L.A. came callin’
To take her so far away

So far she could hardly recognize
The face in the mirror, behind the lies
Aw, but the folks back home, saw through her disguise
A scared little girl, behind her eyes

The motorcade starts up, when the doors slam close
It starts raining, she’d like that I suppose
Inside the Limo it’s quiet, but outside they’re singing
Her songs that everyone knows

Repeat Chorus

And the air smelled like lilies, on Easter Sunday
But it was Tuesday, it was Tuesday all day
And it rained all the way, to the cemetery
But I think she’d have liked it that way

Chorus:
‘Cause she was God’s own angel, with homemade wings
Who flew too close to the sun
Now they’re lined up on Main, for that long black wagon
Just waiting for their star to come
Yeah they're singing her songs, underneath their umbrellas
Still waiting for their star to come

credits

from What I'm Lookin' For, track released March 21, 2015
Dan Weber: Lead Vocals and Acoustic Guitar
Jean-Pierre Garau: Piano
Arthur Parker: Upright Bass
Rob Stroup: Harmony Vocals

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Dan Weber Vancouver, Washington

Award Winning songwriter Dan Weber has been described as “The classic mid-life overnight sensation.” An ex-Park Ranger, he began at performing at 40 and in a few short years was winning over audiences with inspired performances & hilarious stories from the roads he’s traveled. The Legendary Ramblin’ Jack Elliott said “I love Dan’s songs and he tells really good stories.” ... more

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