Song of the Day #2,683: ‘When the Stars Come Out’ – Chris Stapleton

chris_stapleton_travellerThe Random iTunes Fairy did me a favor this weekend and served up a track from Chris Stapleton’s debut album, Traveller. I’ve wanted to post something about the record since I picked it up a couple of weeks ago but I’m in the middle of a monthlong flashback series so I didn’t think I’d do it anytime soon.

Stapleton has been kicking around Nashville for years as a songwriter and performer but reached most people’s radars (including mine) following a riveting performance alongside Justin Timberlake at the recent Country Music Awards.

In classic Carole King fashion, he finally stopped writing songs for other people and released his own album this year. It’s a wonder it took him so long, given that he has a ridiculously good voice — gritty, soulful and sublime.

Traveller is a blend of traditional country songs, harder-edged blues and southern rock, and most of them are excellent. Stapleton is a solid lyricist with a good ear for melody but best of all he’s a brilliant singer.

This is one of the better albums I’ve heard this year, and something from it will show up on my year-end song list, but I’m glad I was able to give it a nod today.

I was looking for a change of scene
You were looking at a magazine
It was red carpets and limousines
And the grass seemed so much greener
All we wanted was to get there fast
So, we packed up everything we had
Running on hope and a tank of gas
Like dreams ain’t just for dreamers
We couldn’t wait to leave that life behind
Trying to find salvation in that city limit sign

And one of those LA nights
When the stars come out
Oh, the stars come out and shine
And they burn so bright
They drown the downtown lights
When the stars come out
Oh, when the stars come out

Everybody’s, somebody, someday
Everybody’s got a part to play
Everybody’s trying to find a way
To say, what needs saying
Everybody’s got a friend of a friend
Somebody that can get you in
Begging angels for a sin
In a game that we’re all playing
You and I, we’re gamblers holding cards that we can’t see
And I’m betting on you, you’re betting on me

And one of those LA nights
When the stars come out
Oh, the stars come out and shine
And they burn so bright
They drown the downtown lights
When the stars come out
Oh, when the stars come out

Down on the freeway, the sun is out of sight
And I got a feeling tonight might be the night
Yeah, tonight might be the night

And one of those LA nights
When the stars come out
Oh, the stars come out and shine
And they burn so bright
They drown the downtown lights
When the stars come out
Oh, when the stars come out

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,683: ‘When the Stars Come Out’ – Chris Stapleton

  1. Dana says:

    This one is too traditional country for my taste, but I suspect I would like his more bluesy numbers better.

  2. Peg says:

    I agree, I like the bluesy numbers best.

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