Song of the Day #3,567: ‘Rewrite the Stars’ – Zac Efron & Zendaya

Surprise hit The Greatest Showman has shown impressive legs both at the box office and on Billboard’s soundtrack chart, where it sits at #2 in its 16th week of release.

Among its songs, the show-stopping celebration of individuality ‘This Is Me’ has earned the most attention (as well as an Oscar nod) but for me the standout track is the love song ‘Rewrite the Stars.’

Not only is it a sweetly melodic duet with a soaring chorus, but stars Zac Efron and Zendaya turn it into a visual masterpiece, swirling on ropes in a high-stakes game of chase that symbolizes their will-they-or-won’t-they relationship.

This was my favorite scene in a movie I liked way more than expected, and one of my favorites scenes of last year in general.

(Note: The clip below, the only one I could find of the scene itself, cuts out before Zendaya’s final lines, presumably because the fan wanted to end on a more positive note)

[Verse 1: Phillip Carlyle]
You know I want you
It’s not a secret I try to hide
I know you want me
So don’t keep saying our hands are tied
You claim it’s not in the cards
And fate is pulling you miles away
And out of reach from me
But you’re here in my heart
So who can stop me if I decide
That you’re my destiny?

[Chorus 1: Phillip Carlyle]
What if we rewrite the stars?
Say you were made to be mine
Nothing could keep us apart
You’d be the one I was meant to find
It’s up to you, and it’s up to me
No one can say what we get to be
So why don’t we rewrite the stars?
Maybe the world could be ours
Tonight

[Verse 2: Anne Wheeler]
You think it’s easy
You think I don’t want to run to you
But there are mountains
And there are doors that we can’t walk through
I know you’re wondering why
Because we’re able to be
Just you and me
Within these walls
But when we go outside
You’re gonna wake up and see that it was hopeless after all

[Chorus 2: Anne Wheeler]
No one can rewrite the stars
How can you say you’ll be mine?
Everything keeps us apart
And I’m not the one you were meant to find
It’s not up to you, it’s not up to me
When everyone tells us what we can be
How can we rewrite the stars?
Say that the world can be ours
Tonight

[Post Chorus: Both, Anne Wheeler, Phillip Carlyle]
All I want is to fly with you
All I want is to fall with you
So just give me all of you
It feels impossible
It’s not impossible
Is it impossible?
Say that it’s possible

[Chorus 3: Phillip Carlyle and Anne Wheeler]
How do we rewrite the stars?
Say you were made to be mine?
Nothing can keep us apart
Cause you are the one I was meant to find
It’s up to you, and it’s up to me
No one can say what we get to be
And why don’t we rewrite the stars?
Changing the world to be ours

[Outro: Anne Wheeler]
You know I want you
It’s not a secret I try to hide
But I can’t have you
We’re bound to break and
My hands are tied

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,567: ‘Rewrite the Stars’ – Zac Efron & Zendaya

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’m so glad this movie found such a wide audience despite mediocre reviews. It was thoroughly enjoyable with great music and scenes such as this one.

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