Lost Stars Song Real Meaning | Begin Again #LostStars


Begin Again Movie: LOST STARS, what do the lyrics mean?

Lost Stars Song from the movie Begin Again

Sometimes there are these songs that start a conversation. Because even though Lost Stars Song is in English you still need someone to translate it and explain the lyrics. Lost Stars gets you lost. Literally.
Even though you love the idea of stars being lost, and relate to the extremely vulnerable protagonists, you still do not get the complete meaning of the song. And need help. It's like the movie Gone Girl, where you just need to talk to someone. Don't worry, doveranalyst is here!

Begin Again was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Lost Stars".

OK, if you haven't seen the movie, go run, watch it somehow! I tend to resign into my deeper analysis, meaning of these lyrics of such a soul searching song.


Lost Stars Song meaning

Female Version and Male version explanation

I've never been so nervous before attempting to understand a song. The tune is amazing. Raw. Pure. It cuts to the heart. I could say that for every song in this amazing movie though. I preferred the female (girl) version of Lost Stars. (Because I'm a girl).
There are two versions of Lost Stars in Begin Again. One begins in the happy times in the movie and the other version is used in the climax, ending in the last scene. Lost Stars is the most important song of Begin Again.

A song makes you feel it's you. Always.
It is always surprising how much, just how much, art can speak. Anything artistic, a song, cinematic expression, a story, has a zillion shades of grey. There're so many layers. So many meanings. Welcome to this insane space, where no one's judging you for taking that leap beyond normalcy; right into emotions. Feel free to comment, so I do more of this for you.

Spoiler Alert. Don't kill me if I reveal a chunk. This is about analysis for those who have already seen the movie Begin Again & want to 'think'. Yeah, that fancy word : think. We think cuz we can. Oh, yeah, baby. Because Doveranalyst, analyses. (Here's my YouTube).

The context of a song is very important. Like they say, grab a glass of context, before you want to understand anything.

Backstory to Lost Stars | Begin Again

Gretta, the English girl  (Keira Knightley) has nearly grown up from her childhood with this guy Dave Kohl (Adam Levine), and, obviously, they are lovers. They have spent all the time with just each other and enjoy making songs. She gifts this song to her boyfriend. It is 'their song'  according to her. Soul searching. That should not be shared with others. So,it must talk about them? 

But above, everything else, (either the male version or the female version to LOST STARS), the song is still the same, and has been written by just one song writer, Gretta(in the movie). So, the soul of the song Lost Stars, from Begin Again, is best understood from Gretta's eyes. Let's keep in mind that it was written when they were happy together, deeply in love and very much together.
Actual Songwriter(s)

Lost Stars Lyrics| Begin Again

........ Please don't see just a girl caught up in dreams and fantasies.
Please see me reaching out for someone I can't see.

English Translation and Meaning Interpretation

Please don't see me as stupid.

Don't overlook me as someone delusional, who is madly hopeful for what may not be true after all. Look at me as someone reaching out for someone (means she's in longing of companionship, she feels lonely, she wants someone, but she's making a very positive statement here that the person she wants (probably her boyfriend as he used to be) is THERE. RIGHT THERE.

But she's just not able to see him. Not that her dream of a rescue (or rescuer), of a postern of fate is non-existent or a fantasy/dream, but a reality. Just that she can't see it now.

Take my hand, let's see where we wake up tomorrow.
Best laid plans; sometimes are just a one night stand.
I'll be damned; Cupid's demanding back his arrow.
So let's get drunk on our tears..... 

English Translation and Meaning Interpretation (version 1((yes there's 2 versions))

She longs for the thrill of adventure, cool with wherever she goes as long as it's with him. It suggests the the thrilling tempting curiosity of adventure, of unpredictability!

No matter how much you plan, you might end up wrapping it up too soon. Could refer to her relationship, as she was very serious in getting married to him, and eventually it turned out to be short momentary pleasure that does not continue, does not last.
She thought this was forever. However, the last song said it all. 
It also suggests that being together for years, they barely know each other – the comparison (metaphor) of strangers being infatuated. And therefore, they themselves are the strangers meeting for the first time. When she had written it, it was in a happy space. She must have referred to the fun of anonymity, and knowing each other again.
It could also be philosophically suggesting of his victory, the highs, the planning, (he went and became a successful rock star), to not stay forever. I'll be damned is more like, I'm losing my hope on love. Cupid is thus demanding back his arrow. He is not being able to give him time. That's when she wrote this song, in her free time longing for him. Therefore she's suggesting it's time to do something fun. Or Cupid is gonna take his arrow back.

OR

The OR is a much better analysis & interpretation I tell you! Don't think so much. Best laid plans could lead to nothing. It related more to just take my hand, take me away, let's just see whatever happens tomorrow, let's go with the flow, without wasting our lives planning. I'm liberated.

I'm considering a one night stand to be fun? To be lost in the anonymity? Far far from love? Guilty pleasure? Oh, I'll be damned. Cupid is wanting his arrow,(representing love) back. Continuing the rebellious tone, let's get drunk, 
  • (let's enjoy) in our tears, 
  • let's live our sorrows, 
  • dance in grief, 
  •  act like a mad duck, 
  • conquer sadness, 
  • smile above the troubles we are having, 
  • let's get the high from drinking in every pain, 
  • overcome it, de-stress from tears, 
  • ironically look at life differently, 
  • solve the problems from where they originate.
Also, each other's sadness & the sharing could help in this 'Getting Over It' and rejoicing despite pain. 
The catharsis. The sitting together crying. One can't cry with everyone. So that is also suggestive of singing it to your lover or best friend or the closest person to you.

This stanza goes to a whole new level at the end of the movie, when he sings it again for her. The redemption tries to touch the heart, you go right through that vulnerable layer; cutting right through that grief; the torment.

[Chorus]And God, tell us the reason youth is wasted on the young.
It's hunting season and this lamb is on the run.
We're searching for meaning...
But are we all lost stars trying to light up the dark?.... 

English Translation and Meaning Interpretation

Here I fall short. Can someone help? I wish it were a forum. What do you think?

A sigh? Youth - the best part is wasted on when the young are still reckless &; trying to understand life? Once they know who they should be with or where they should be, they no longer have that energy, the beauty... This line could either mean, we are 'searching for meaning' at a speed as if we will be killed. As if we are lamb and the lion is chasing to kill us. We are running for our life. The pace with which we are moving, makes no sense in the end. 
[We're prioritizing understanding the meaning of everything, our purpose, life and what not. It gives a sarcastic perspective bringing one back to reality. It's an epic micdrop nudge to live the life, rather than trying to understand it.]

I'm running away from whatever is bothering me. Suggestive of the broader easy perspective of considering oneself the victim, 'It's hunting season, they are all out to get me,...' this lamb is on the run.

You would laugh at me on what I'd first thought. For some bloody reason, I'd thought in line with the theme: One night stand, cupid is demanding back his arrows, it's hunting season. Like hunting for love? She's on the run, to be seen, (like playing hard to get) eventually to be caught and eaten or loved, that's the volatility of the risk of the outcome.

or

Suggestive of being killed (more doomed, destroyed by her own soul mate). This idea is reestablished in the Guy version when he says I saw a lion kiss a deer? So miracles are possible and the predator can fall in love with his prey. Also, it hints at the idea of being in such a close and vulnerable relationship with someone you think you can trust, but who is, actually your predator. This idea is essentially behind many love stories like, the Twilight series. A vampire loving a human, (something he eats). Even in a more realistic set up, in an everyday relationship, sometimes our closest ones harm us and brutally slay us with words or actions. On the flip side, you see kindness from the least expected characters in your life too. Someone who could actually ruin you, helps you out.

But are we all lost stars trying to light up
the dark? @doveranalyst

But are we all lost stars?

Are we all lost stars? Lost in the multitude? The multitude of stars, where we could be nothing, but yet could be a star? Just lost, that is. Lost in our own lives. Losing sight of ourselves, constantly trying to be hopeful, to be cheerful, amidst everything that is dark, Grey, sorrows, pain? Are we lost (as cannot be seen anymore—again reaffirms the beginning 'please see me'. I am right here, invisible to your eye, lost. I am a lost star, waiting for you to see me.

There is a desperate call to be seen. I'm still here, just the way I was, loving you just the way I was.

Lost stars can also be lost angels. 'Angels' in the sense of the savior, as we used to try to always light up the atmosphere for our loved ones, for our better half or anyone we love. Have they ceased to see us? Have we been lost in providing them our light? Easing their sorrows? Have we lost ourselves, our own identity & individuality in the process? 


Most Indian homemakers, women who are constantly working for their loved ones, their husband, kids, in-laws, their parents, uncles and aunties and entire extended families, have sometimes forgotten about themselves.

Stars emit light. If all stars are lost, how are these stars supposed to light up the dark? When there is no spark left within, what can possibly be done? Isn't it the irony that all of us are lost and while trying to correct everything and keep it lit all the time?

[Verse 2]
Who are we? Just a speck of dust within the galaxy.
'Woe is me' if we're not careful turns into reality.
Don't you dare let our best memories bring you sorrow.
Yesterday I saw a lion kiss a deer.
Turn the page; maybe we'll find a brand new ending.
Where we're dancing in our tears.

English Translation and Meaning Interpretation


  • We have lost ourselves in the context of everything huge that surrounds us. The city, the population. The problems? Even our problems are so small when viewed in the perspective of the Galaxy.

'Woe is me' is a phrase from Shakespeare's Hamlet. It's an Urban dictionary phenomenon also for feeling sorry for oneself because you have nothing to get over your past.

So, if we keep pitying ourselves it might as well be true! Just manifestation of our negative thoughts. Our victim mentality. "Woe" - the thing that causes sorrows, troubles, grief, might as well be actually ourselves! Because of our perspective at life!

It is again, in sync with our earlier underlying deduction. The person is seeing herself as the victim. The lamb, the prey. But sometimes, what is stopping you the most, is YOU.
People often overlook everything negative within themselves. Here, she is reflecting, introspecting, brooding and is accepting of her own flaws. Who got sad after the breakup? It didn't hurt the boyfriend till he heard the breakup song on voicemail and broke apart into pieces. We choose whether to be sad. Or move on.


Don't let our best memories bring you sorrow.


In the end, he clearly refers to her crying in sorrow of, grieving, being butchered, tortured, because of his deeds. He hates seeing someone he loved so truly, hurt because of him. Guilty as he is, he tells her, not remember the best memories as grief, to retain at least the good 20 years worth of memories, to be remembered with a smile, not tears, from the betrayal.

[Chorus]
And God, tell us the reason youth is wasted on the young.
It's hunting season and this lamb is on the run.
We're searching for meaning...
But are we all lost stars trying to light up the dark?
[Bridge]
I thought I saw you out there crying...
I thought I heard you call my name...
I thought I heard you out there crying...
But just the same...

English Translation and Meaning Interpretation

This probably is just a expression of how far apart they are though close. Paradox. Oxymoron of dichotomy.  Also, of everything happening in the head. Can't live without him. Can't live with him.

Of you THINKING of your partner crying for you or just crying, and remembering you or wanting you by her side, when it was not really so.

In the beginning, when everything was filled with deep, deep love, this was positive, just as a mother would say, "Hey, baby, I felt you were calling for me". Why I give the mom example is that, it is so difficult to imagine, the unconditional, non-sulk, in ease with oneself, yet offering deep love to someone, in any other context. The person is at ease. Oh, I thought you were calling for me, you know? As casual as it gets. Just a loving, warm, gesture. You put your loud music out, open the door, look at your mom in the living room, "Hey, were you missing me, eh?", and snug next to her, cuddling in your late 20s. That kinda feeling.

That just one phrase added changes so much

In the last verse (in the male version), when things are going towards repentance, he adds a line;
 I thought I saw you out there crying,
I thought you called my name,

"JUST THE SAME",

hoping once again, they would be each other's everything. The one other soul you cling on to. Especially, imagining Dan and Gretta's story, where they both got no family, they were the only friend and only family to each other. To be back to be that important for someone, when you're the first person I sub-consciously think of as a reflex, when I am sad, or am missing you.

As in the initial betrayal for Gretta. In her head, she thought he was still in love with her.
Or it might be positive also, saying it out loud, provoking the person's deepest anguish to come out & to share it with him.

Despite Dan calling her repeatedly she does cry but doesn't come up stage to join him which would have indicated forgiveness & reunion. I am glad that happened. Not so soon, baby. Even if she ever forgave you, no, no, no. It is your time to feel her longing for you, when she isn't.

It might also mean she cried. She felt it.
She felt just as alien with their song now as close as she had earlier felt.
Ever felt your soul like thing feel stranger? Or maybe she did feel the chord but hasn't healed from the bruise of betrayal enough to join him with a smile.

I wonder here as there were signs of true love between Gretta & the producer. Whether a lover's love or a friend love? Because in a giving way, she feels happy that his family is united & not once had they kissed but probably they had thought the house was empty. Remember that awkward moment when the friend shows he's home? In that split second do they decide what happens, happy for the best after all? Why then has Gretta not declared her love for Dan as earlier she had been screaming that she's not walking away from her relationship & despite Dan's cheating, it still means a lot to her. The movie sort of leaves it to us? There's no denial, Dan & Gretta living in together since they were five years old share more than just songs, they know each other way too well. I am also proud that they didn't show her falling for the producer.

I feel that because she went there, she does love Dan and is taking her time now. She is shattered from within. Just their song cannot get her back that easily. I love movies with strong female characters. This character of Gretta has a convincing dichotomy and layers. She is seen as extremely vulnerable but is extremely self-righteous and strong at the same time. She slaps him and leaves the house. This should mean she won't be fooled and she later sings that to him in the song, "I loved you like a fool".

[Chorus]
And God, tell us the reason youth is wasted on the young.
It's hunting season and this lamb is on the run.
Searching for meaning...
But are we all lost stars trying to light up the dark?
Are we all lost stars trying to light up the dark?

In the male version, there's an extra improvisation, third time's a season

Guess, it means if things happen again and again, it is a season, not just a bad weather. It is surprising how singers have acted so beautifully. The craft is so effortless, they're these people that they say they are.

Can a song save you?
I don't know.
Can a song change your life?
Yes.

This was the theme of ONCE, and same goes for BEGIN AGAIN. The only Hindi film director who is a class apart portraying such complex simplicity and simple complexities, layered emotions, is Imitiaz Ali. I would love to be cast in a movie like this.
I thought I heard you out there crying.
I thought you called my name.

This level of emotion goes beyond, a love affair. Have you ever truly loved anyone? Anyone at all? Your mother, your sister, aunt, friend? Anyone? Someone so close, that you know that when that someone is crying, you just know. You know, before they tell you. Every relationship brings an expectation. (I didn't say healthy relationship). But this expectation leads to heartbreak. Thus, the "I thought




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