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Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
Stars Lyrics


"When there's nothing left to burn
You have to set yourself on fire"

God that was strange to see you again
Introduced by a friend of a friend
Smiled and said, "Yes, I think we've met before"
In that instant it started to pour
Captured a taxi despite all the rain
We drove in silence across Pont Champlain
And all of the time you thought I was sad
I was trying to remember your name

This scar is a fleck on my porcelain skin
Tried to reach deep but you couldn't get in
Now you're outside me
You see all the beauty
Repent all your sin

It's nothing but time and a face that you lose
I chose to feel it and you couldn't choose
I'll write you a postcard
I'll send you the news
From a house down the road from real love

Live through this, and you won't look back
Live through this, and you won't look back
Live through this, and you won't look back

There's one thing I want to say, so I'll be brave
You were what I wanted
I gave what I gave
I'm not sorry I met you
I'm not sorry it's over
I'm not sorry there's nothing to say

I'm not sorry there's nothing to save

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Amy E Millan, Christopher Allen Seligman, Evan Whitney Cranley, Patrick McGee, Torquil John Campbell

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KJ Atlas

When I was 16 years old I saw Stars live at the Cat's Cradle. It was profound, but it's not until now, eight years later, that these lyrics leave tingles on my skin. I stayed at a friend's house that night and I don't remember it a bit, probably because the very next day, my life would never be the same again. I was going through a dark time and was in a toxic relationship with a drug-addicted teenage boy. I had an Adderall prescription and he begged me to give him some. Being the insecure and codependent teenager that I was, I agreed. He sold them on the school bus. The next day I was in third-period math class chatting with my best friend and the assistant principal pulled me from class and nothing was ever the same.

I never went back to math class. I never went back to that school. I was a straight-A student going to jail with a felony at 16 for distributing a controlled substance. I lost every single one of my friends and my first love. I was sure my life was over. I ended up going to a school for delinquents, which brought my life to another level of darkness that I never imagined possible, but still, I prevailed. I was sexually assaulted, date r*ped, but I felt lucky that I was able to graduate high school a year earlier at this school due to my credit amount.

Then I got into college! A miracle considering my past. I thought I was beginning to turn the page, but then I developed a serious autoimmune disease from the stress of it all, causing me to gain a significant amount of weight and had to drop out of college. A year off at home and my friends were my mom's friends who took me into their crew (yes, it's weird).

At the time, I wanted to die. I thought I must set myself on fire...looking back it's just a fleck on my porcelain skin. I lived through this and I won't look back. I left my tiny town, fell in real love, and started my own business a couple of years ago that's going really well.

If you read this far, you might be going through the hardest time in your life, but I promise there will always be a silver lining. Beautiful things come from the darkest time. Love to you all.



kooplin GS

This was my boyfriend's favourite song. He fell and hit his head which lead to his death. I can hear his voice singing each lyric. When we all said our final goodbye, we played this song and I held onto his feet hoping he'd wake up when he heard 'live through this, and you won't look back...' we watched his final breath to this.  

We were neighbours. We'd hope a fence to get to each other. The last time I saw him alive, we spent the night together, haha 'lazy lovins'. We sang 'Tribute' by Tenacious D while I got ready in the mirror together. I made breakfast and danced, he pulled me into his arms and told me to eat- knowing I was behind. I (ofc) was running late for my bus that morning. He unlocked his bike, tried to 'scare' me and proceeded to flag down that bus. I thanked and kissed him. He kissed me back and said 'I love you, and I'll catch you later kid' then gave me a love tap. I smiled and turned to him to savour that moment.

The bus driver called him a nice boy, and I smiled and thought back to my parents. That's how they met.

My mom was running late for school, my dad saw her then biked up to the bus and my mom got on... she fell for him in that moment and eventually crossed paths again.

I spent NYE in Montreal, I couldn't get this song out of my head. I wished he was with me whenever I looked up to Pont Champlain. 


Our streets of parkdale, toronto are covered with ghosts. I never get to bike with him into heavy traffic or sit on his porch drinking a warm Turborg with a cigarette in hand. No one will ever get to hear his funny fuckin jokes.

So this song reminds me of a lot. I miss him every day. I look at his collection of books. They haunt me like the notes of this song.

Joshua Pamplin, I didn't get to love you long enough. I will always miss you and your profoundly poetic ways. Come visit me sometime? Please.



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ghost boy

This song inspired me to break up with my girlfriend. I was listening to it, and it all clicked for me. She was constantly breaking up with me and getting back together, and never really cared about me or my feelings. The end of the song sums up my feelings perfectly. I regret nothing, and she was what I wanted, but we had nothing anymore. I will live through this, and I won't look back. Thanks, Stars.

Dave's Garage

How did you go about telling her, "hey so um, heard this song on the radio, and uh, were through"

Chris B

Um ya

LunaStarBlue

That's so beautiful to hear. Glad you made it!

nevo hyams

hope this guy is alright

Cynthia Down

Hope your doing great man

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Nicole Collier

This should have been on the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind soundtrack!!
it's just as beautiful as the movie

Ruliff Sean

Yeah i thought so

Crystal Hampton Hines

I always think of Eternal Sunshine when I hear this song, because of the ice background! Love this song and the movie!

Happy Phantom

It’s a nice nod to the film. 💕

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