"I Am the Starlight"



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CREDITS - This is one of the songs I recorded in the period 1991-92 with my friend Terry Hamilton. Terry also played bass guitar on this number. Synthesizer keyboardist and pianist is unknown.

Description of Song

This is a dramatic baritone and tenor duet in a Rock Broadway Musical style, using synthesized orchestra, bass guitar and piano accompaniment. It is the strong motivational number from the 2nd act of the musical, Starlight Express. This song is between the protagonist, Rusty, and the mythical Starlight Express, where Starlight appears in Runsty's mind and gives the advice that the Starlight Express is within Rusty. Just believe in yourself and you can do anything!

This song, I Am the Starlight, combines two melodies from the musical, namely the act 1 closing number, "Starlight Express," that represents hope and magic, with the melody of "Only He" which occurs later in act 2, and represents self-discovery and fulfillment. It also appears as the culmination of the Overture, which is initially heard only as an interrupted motif at the beginning of the show. As in the overture, this number begins with the "Starlight Express" melody played by the musical instruments. It modulates and repeats multiple times, growing and getting louder. Rusty, using his last bit of hope, calls out "Starlight Express." Then at the peak of the introductory music, he is answered by The Starlight Express, who begins with "Only You have the Power within You".

Lyrics

[RUSTY]
Starlight Express

[STARLIGHT]
Only you have the power within you.
Just believe in yourself -
The sea will part before you,
Stop the rain, turn the tide.

If only you use the power within you
Needn't beg the world
To turn around and help you
If you draw on what you have within you
Somewhere deep inside.

[RUSTY]
Starlight Express, Starlight Express
Are you real, yes or no?
Starlight Express, answer me yes.
I don't want you to go.

[STARLIGHT]
Rusty you're blind, look in your mind -
I'm there. Nothing's new
The Starlight Express is no more nor less
Than you Rusty. I am you.
I'm you and

[STARLIGHT / RUSTY]
Only you/I am the Starlight.
Have the power within you/I can achieve
Just believe in yourself/anything
The sea will part before you
Stop the rain and turn the tide/
All the things I didn't believe.
If only you/I am the Starlight.
Have the power within you/I can achieve
Just believe in yourself/anything
The sea will part before you
Stop the rain and turn the tide/
All the things I didn't believe.
If only you/I am the Starlight,
Use the power within you/I can see it throught.
Needn't beg the world to turn around and help you
If you draw on what is deep inside.



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