Bright Shining Star

from by Humphreys & Keen

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This is our engineer Andre Upston's favourite, although he was dead set against the employment of the starlings in the middle section. It takes 2 pianos to make the song work. I (GH) wrote the tune and Peter Keen provided lyrics & melody. It is really very simple, apart from the swapping around of the bass notes and mid-chords at the end, but that shouldn't stick out anyway if I did it right.


Bright Shining Star, you go too far, and there's no turning back.
You think too hard and then it starts to crystalise as fact.
Through the days once distant dreams unfold before your eyes,
they call you from the distance, and that's the reason why...

I just want to hold you as if you would stay for ever.
I miss you,
Bright Shining Star

Bright Shining Star though we're apart, please don't turn your back.
The future flies on fragile wings, is open to attack.
I hold in trust the sacred flame that burns for us alone.
And so ensure that come what may, you'll always have a home.

But just like I told you it's best if we stay together.
I miss you.
Bright Shining Star.


from The Overflow, released February 20, 2006



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Humphreys & Keen Auckland

Graeme Humphreys & Peter Keen were the primary songwriting partnership of the critically acclaimed Able Tasmans, an NZ band in the Flying Nun stable that produced 4 albums & one EP.

Named from the A B Paterson character Clancy of the Overflow, the ideas are drawn from many sources; Australian outback poetry; magic realism; a train between Bologna & Firenze; & our dark little rainy island.
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