Yola – Starlight

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…Mind, Think, or Brain.

From her 2021 album, Stand for Myself. The song has not charted but her album has been nominated for two Grammy’s.

From Wikipedia

Yola was born in Bristol, England.

Under her given name Yolanda Quartey, Yola first gained notice as a member of the Bristol band Phantom Limb, of which she was a member from 2005 to 2012. That band released two albums. Yola has also performed as a guest vocalist and occasional songwriter for British musical acts like Sub Focus, Massive Attack, Bugz in the Attic, Ginger Wildheart, and Duke Dumont.

Yola decided to launch a solo career after the death of her mother in 2013.

From http://www.stereogum.com

“Starlight” is a song about looking for positive physical, sexual and human connections at every level of your journey towards love. The world seems to attach a negative trope of cold heartlessness to the concept of any sexual connection that isn’t marriage, this song looks through a lens of warmth specifically when it comes to sex positivity. Understanding the necessity of every stage of connection and that it is possible for every stage of your journey in love, sex and connection to be nurturing. Temporary or transitory doesn’t have to be meaningless or miserable. In the right situations every connection can teach us something valuable about who we are, what we want and what is healthy.

“I wanted to put something into the world that showed people what my dating life is like now,” Yola adds of the accompanying music video directed by Ford Fairchild. “I’m currently single, yes, but I’m not neglected or some soulless sex robot. The volume of media dedicated to showing dark skinned Black women having a nice normal time in romantic situations, be it true love or just dating, is still lacking in my opinion.” Watch and listen below.

Starlight

I’ve been trying to hide it
Trying hard to deny it
I’ve been thinkin’ ’bout how it’s gonna go down
Go down

Spent a lifetime without it
Trying hard not to even think about it
I listen alone but I don’t hear a sound
A sound

Because in my mind I’m seeing starlight
One more time for my imagination
I’m not high, don’t let me be misunderstood
Ah-ah-ah

I’ve been thinkin’ ’bout your kissin’
Lord knows what I’ve been missin’
You’re the only who could put me in such a state
A state

Never take your love for granted
I’ve been waiting on you just like we planned it
Taking your time, I’ll sip my wine while I wait
Don’t be late

Because in my mind I’m seeing starlight
One more time for my imagination
I’m not high, don’t let me be misunderstood
Like we should

I’ve been trying to hide it
Trying hard to deny it
I’ve been thinkin’ ’bout how it’s gonna go down
Go down

Because in my mind I’m seeing starlight
One more time for my imagination
I’m not high, don’t let me be misunderstood
Because in my mind we are together
All the time, even the cloudy weather
Ain’t gonna come forward ’cause we just wanna feel good
Like we should
Like we should

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Bobby Ray Wood / Daniel Quine Auerbach / Yolanda Claire Quartey

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