Western Stars
Chris Isaak Lyrics


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Western stars light up the sky, hear the desert wind roll by.
Tonight, tonight.
Western stars can break your heart, they keep shining when we're apart.
Tonight, tonight.

I'll watch, I'll wait, how will my heart ache tonight?
Tonight.
I'll watch, I'll wait, my heart is bound to break tonight.

Western stars light up the sky, tonight I'm alone to cry.
Tonight, like every night.
A western hero must play his part, even though it will break his heart.
Tonight, oh tonight.

I'll watch, I'll wait, how will my heart ache tonight?
Tonight.
Western stars light up the sky, hear the desert wind roll by.




Tonight, tonight.
Tonight, to-night

Overall Meaning

"Western Stars" is a haunting and evocative ballad by Chris Isaak about the enduring romantic allure of the American West, with its vast open spaces, big skies, and larger-than-life legends. The lyrics describe the primal power of the stars that shine down on the desert landscape, illuminating the darkness and inspiring a sense of wonder and longing. The first line, "Western stars light up the sky," establishes the central theme of the song, which is the transcendent beauty and mystery of the West. The second line, "hear the desert wind roll by," adds a layer of melancholy to the imagery, suggesting that the vastness and solitude of the desert can be both awe-inspiring and unsettling.


As the song progresses, Isaak adds more emotional depth to the lyrics by exploring the theme of longing and heartbreak. The line "Western stars can break your heart, they keep shining when we're apart" suggests that the stars represent both the hope and the pain of love, a bittersweet reminder that even when our loved ones are far away, we are still connected to them by the enduring power of the stars. The lines "I'll watch, I'll wait, how will my heart ache tonight? / I'll watch, I'll wait, my heart is bound to break tonight" reveal the vulnerability and the intensity of the singer's emotions, who is bracing himself for the inevitable pain of separation.


Line by Line Meaning

Western stars light up the sky, hear the desert wind roll by.
The stars in the western sky are bright and shining, while the desert wind gently blows and makes a soothing sound.


Tonight, tonight.
This experience is happening tonight and is worth paying attention to.


Western stars can break your heart, they keep shining when we're apart.
The beauty of the western stars can be a bittersweet reminder of separation, as they continue to shine even when one is alone.


I'll watch, I'll wait, how will my heart ache tonight?
I will observe and anticipate the pain that I will feel tonight as I am alone with my thoughts and emotions.


I'll watch, I'll wait, my heart is bound to break tonight.
Despite knowing the pain that will come, I cannot help but wait for tonight and bear the heartbreak that is sure to follow.


Western stars light up the sky, tonight I'm alone to cry.
The stars in the sky shine brightly, but I am left alone to sorrowfully cry.


Tonight, like every night.
This is not just an ordinary night, but one filled with deep emotion and sorrow, not unlike other night like it.


A western hero must play his part, even though it will break his heart.
Despite the emotional cost, one who embodies the archetype of the western hero must continue to carry on and play their part as expected.


Tonight, oh tonight.
Tonight is an occasion that is particularly significant and deserves our attention.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: CHRIS ISAAK

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Charles Flowers

Chris is the what is called the reborn "Elvis Presley & Roy Orbison". He is truly Awesome.

spike280

OMG...i know CI wrote this...but can you imagine a duet with him and kd lang? that would be sooooo sweet. thanks for posting this...

mesina

This is sòooooooooooo beautiful!!!!!!!!!! That voice.......... omg I can listen to him every hour!!Greetzzzz LostHighwayWill`s from Holland!

burpo

Reminds me of Marty Robbins. Good stuff. Thanks for posting this.

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THAT'S the best comment I've read in a long time.

Deborah Bertolani

I am finally going to see him live, Dec 8th WOW

Mike Horn

I'm jealous. Best Christmas concert I've ever seen. Can't make it this year :(

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I just got turned in to Orville Peck and he reminded me so much of Chris and of the plaintiff country he did so well

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