Starlight Starbright

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Mickey Hart, Andre Pessis, Ben Yonas

One of the new songs with lyrics by Robert Hunter introduced by the Mickey Hart Band in 2011. It seems to exist in two slightly different versions: the first sung by Crystal Monee Hall and the second, slightly extended version (below), sung by Tim Hockenberry.

This is the Crystal Monee Hall version, as on the album "Mysterium Tremendum".

Life is nothing, not a thing
Nothing less than everything
What force propels the shooting star
The blood of suns is who we are

Music of the spheres
Beyond our mortal ears
We can hear you in the soul
Where the bells of heaven toll

Starlight, starbright
First star I see tonight
No selfish wish have I to make
Shine on, shine on for your own sake

Vast and ancient distant star
How I wonder what you are
Solemn mystery you reveal
Only life alone is real

Floral gardens in the sky
Eternal blossoms flashing by
Galaxies of columbine
Nasturtium, rose and clinging vine

Starlight, starbright
First star I see tonight
No selfish wish have I to make
Shine on, shine on for your own sake

Haunting voices free of form
Babies crying to be born
A brook beside yon garden runs
Galaxies of streaming suns

Big bang trickles to an end
Falls in upon itself again
Like the sailor's concertina
For his lovely ballerina

Starlight, starbright
First star I see tonight
No selfish wish have I to make
Shine on, shine on for your own sake

Starlight, starbright
First star I see tonight
No selfish wish have I to make
Shine on, shine on for your own sake
Shine on, shine on for your own sake
Shine on, shine on for your own sake
Shine on, shine on for your own sake
Shine on, shine on for your own sake
This is the - extended - Tim Hockenberry version. Any help with the additional lyrics gratefully received.
Life is nothing, not a thing
Nothing less than everything
What force propels the shooting star
The blood of suns is who we are

Flesh and fire of distant stars
Whose thoughts and hopes and prayers we are
Starlight, starbright


Starlight, starbright
First star I see tonight
No selfish wish have I to make
Shine on, shine on for your own sake

Vast and ancient, distant star
How I wonder what you are
Solemn mystery you reveal
Only life alone is real

Fundamental linking tones
[?] singing stones

Haunting verses, free of form
Babies crying just to be born

A brook beside yon garden runs
Galaxies of streaming suns
Floral gardens in the sky
Eternal blossoms flashing by

Galaxies of columbine
Nasturtium, rose and clinging vine
Music of the spheres
Pinning back my ears


Starlight, starbright
First star I see tonight
No selfish wish have I to make
Shine on, shine on for your own sake

Music of the spheres
Beyond our mortal ears
We can hear you in the soul
Where the bells of heaven toll

Life's a distant thunder [cloud]
A thousand distant drums
A thousand different [?] drummers
From whence the river comes

A thousand different distant drummers
A thousand distant drums
A thousand different drummers
From whence the river comes


Big bang trickles to an end
Falls in upon itself again
Like the sailor's concertina
For his lovely ballerina

Starlight, starbright
First star I see tonight
No selfish wish have I to make
Shine on for your own sake

Starlight, starbright
First star I see tonight
No selfish wish have I to make
Shine on for your own sake
Shine on for your own sake
Shine on baby
Shine on
Shine on
Mickey Hart Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     2012 Mysterium Tremendum Mickey Hart Band
     2012 Live At The 2012 Wanee Music Festival Mickey Hart Band

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