Starmakers

by Joshua Starmer

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released March 5, 2016

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Joshua Starmer Chapel Hill, North Carolina

A native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Joshua Starmer is a cellist, composer, and singer whose eclectic sound recalls the string-led pop of Andrew Bird and the quirky compositions of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, both of whom he cites as influences. A cellist since the age of seven, Starmer eventually wove himself into the fabric of North Carolina's vibrant music scene. ~ Timothy Monger ... more

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Track Name: You Don't Know
You don’t know
Which way to drive this car today
But it’s time to go
Maybe the stars will show the way.

You saw it in a book
A guru who lived in the sky
Thought you’d take a look
And ask him who what where when how and why

But you need a plan
Well, you’ve got time, the light is red
Do what you can
To scratch the itch inside your

head. Inside your
head. Inside your
head. Inside your
head.

So you check your phone
To see if you should take a right
‘Cause you’re far from home
You drove that car all through the night

But you’re off the chart
You’ll have to find your way from here
Follow your heart
Drive past your worry and your fear

You feel something’s wrong
Maybe you should have turned left instead
Try to be strong
And scratch the itch inside your head

Grab the map
Look for a place where you can hide
Put it on your lap
That page will never be your guide.

So you head for home
You fill the tank and check the tire
Think you’re all alone
While your heart burns like it’s on fire

You’re driving fast
Your foot is made of solid lead
First will be last
To scratch the itch inside your head
Track Name: On Your Doorstep
Driving north east
I try not to think of what can go wrong
(cause) I need release
Feeling so scared when I should be strong

It’s not all that far
I double check, to make sure it’s yours
I park the car
And straighten my back as I walk to the door

It’s easy to call, it’s easy to knock.
When I could care less, I can handle the shock.
But this is so hard
This is so hard
This is so

I remember freaking out
On your doorstep, on your doorstep
And I never felt so exposed
As I did that day, on your doorstep

Fist full of daisies
How can they say what I’m feeling inside
(cause) I’m going crazy
Standing alone, right here outside

I hear a sound
Creaking and pops from an old wooden stair
(and) I look around
Thinking of you, your face and your hair

This is so hard
This is so hard
This is so
Track Name: Lucky To Be Alive
Start the car release the break
Merge onto the interstate
Drive away, drive away
Drive away, drive away

You are lucky to be alive
‘Cause you’ve been bleeding deep inside
Kids say, “words can never hurt”
But they don’t know ‘cause you’re lucky to be alive

Night sky is glowing orange and red
Gas station lights are shining exit ramp ahead
Windshield wipers starting up
You took the last sip from a coffee cup

Shifting lanes, construction site
Painting lines under a light
Drive away, drive away
Drive away, drive away
Track Name: Look Away
I wish I had a devil screaming
loud and clear
I wish I had a devil screaming
in my ear

Then I would have somebody
that I could blame
Then I would have somebody
to hide my shame

Look away

I wish that the grass were greener
where I stand
I wish that the grass were greener
on this dry land

Then I would have something
to ease my mind
Then I would have something
that I can’t find

Look away

Far into the future
the sun is bright
Far into the future
it’s never night

Everyone might be happy
I can dream
Everyone might be happy
so it may seem

Look away

Living in a land of shadows
Can’t see what’s true
Living in a land of shadows
I depend on you

To see what I can’t see
Screaming loud and clear
To see what I can’t see
Screaming in my ear

(but please)
Look away
Track Name: The Cue For The Band
Wallflower standing at the back of the room
My hands are sweating, I can smell your perfume
I try to plan my, plan my next move
I hope it’s one you will, you will approve

I check my cuffs
I straighten my tie
I survey the floor

It’s empty right now
They’re all back by the bar
I can see from the door

You, you take my hand
as you get up to stand.
That’s the cue for the band.

But just wait, that was all in my head
The thought of asking, makes my cheeks turn red
I wish I was braver, more of a man
I’ll do my best though, I’ll do what I can

I catch your bright blue eyes
And I see your faint smile
I’m so glad I came

It takes me two short steps
I’m standing right by your side
A spotlight takes aim

You, you take my hand
as you get up to stand.
That’s the cue for the band.

This must be, this must be my dreams
It can’t real, it can’t be what it seems
Or maybe I’m wrong, and this is our night
I could get used to this, ‘cause it feels so right.

They’re just standing around
Nervous whispers on stage
They’re waiting for me

Your hair in long dark curls
Your dress flows all about
You’re all I can see

You, you take my hand
as you get up to stand.
That’s the cue for the band.

I’m triple checking my cuffs
Then I straighten my tie
I survey the floor

It’s empty right now
They’re all back by the bar
I can see from the door

You, you take my hand
as you get up to stand.
That’s the cue for the band.
Track Name: Casual Shirts
I went to the mall
I went to go shopping
I went to buy some clothes that I could wear to work

The sign out front
Said the sale’s inside
So I went on in to see what I could find

Casual shirts
For $200
The kind you wear untucked when you’re all alone
Casual shirts
That need to be ironed
The kind you wear untucked when you can’t leave your home

You said we should leave
Head out for the open
We might find what we need somewhere else instead

So we both held hands
And made our way for the door
But the tide was strong and kept us stuck to the floor

You smiled at me
You seemed kind of crazy
You said you had plan to get us out of here

So we counted to three
And I followed your motions
And somehow we made it right past the door
Track Name: Don't Worry About Me
I saw the words on the computer screen
I couldn’t read each one cause I know what they mean
They took the wind right on out of me
I’m just sit’n here trying to breathe

But oh, don’t worry about me
No, don’t worry about me
Cause I’ll be OK in a little while
Yeah, I’ll be just fine in a day or two
In a day or two.

A punch to my gut that will last for days
A lump in my throat that won’t go away

I could have
I should have
Tried a little harder if I’d only known just what to do
Tried a little harder if I’d only known just what to say
Tried a little harder if I’d only known just what to
Track Name: Oceans
Just one man in a crowd
I do what I can
I keep my head down
I keep my hands clean

‘Cause I don’t really know the people around me
That’s just the way things go when oceans surround me

I get home from work
I watch the t.v. show
I go back to my job
And I talk about the t.v. show

But I don’t really know the people around me
That’s just the way things go when oceans surround me

What’s a shared experience, experience?
Just a shared experience, experience

I try to reach out
I’m lost in a sea
I see clouds ahead
That’s where I’ll swim
Track Name: That's Alright
I see the world the way I want to see the world from over here.
Everything is clear.
You see the world the way you want to see the world from over there.
In your rocking chair.

So we might fight
All night
But that’s alright with me.

I ride a bike you drive a truck I shake my fist up in the air.
To let you know I care
You leave your trash out on the curb for weeks on end it makes me mad.
I bet that makes you glad

You stay up late I go to bed I hear the noise right through the wall.
I give the cops a call.
I’m up at 5 it’s time for work when the cops arrive and take me in.
Oh not again!

I get back home my fingers crossed but I’m not alone you’re still around.
Sitting on the ground.
We’ve tried to be apart but there’s nothing’s worse than a lonely heart I guess I see.
You’re the one for me.
Track Name: Far and Wide
I have traveled far and wide
I have traveled far and wide
But I wish that I could be with you
Yes I wish that I could be with you

In my head I see your face
And in my head I feel your skin
But I’m far away from you
Yes I’m far away from you

I’ve been searching for my home
I’ve been searching for my home
But I’ll never find it without you
No I’ll never find it without you

I have traveled far and wide
I have traveled far and wide
And I wish that I could change your mind
Yes I wish that I could change your mind
Track Name: Christmas In Rio
It’s Christmas time in Rio,
While the sun shines down on Rio

Papai Noel
He’s the surfing the waves
He’s got his speedo on, and he’s got his shades

He shaved his beard last week
‘Cause it’s just too warm
This is the mid-summer heat
Not a midwinter storm.

We got people singing Noite Feliz
We just finished plugging in our electrical tree

It’s Christmas time in Rio,
While the sun shines down on Rio

When he’s not hanging dez
Papai’s in Greenland
Fezzik’s employed making
presents by hand

Check out the presépio
It’s bad to the bone
You’ve got your amigo secreto
So you’re never alone

We just finished Os Pastores, oh the gall
I still can’t believe that the gypsy ran off with the doll

It’s Christmas time in Rio,
While the sun shines down on Rio

Bom Velhinho
He’s trying to keep cool
Sipping on his cachaça
Right next to the pool

The street’s lined with orchids
There’s no mistletoe
When the clock strikes doze
To chapel we’ll go

The missa do galo was crazy it lasted all night
Let’s eat a feijoada til we see the morning light

It’s Christmas time in Rio,
While the sun shines down on Rio