The lyrics, as best heard by Mark Lalonde. Blame him if he got them wrong. 😉

“I’m a go outside,
I like the grass,
Makes me feel happy in my lungs as the time will pass,

I hope when I see you, you could feel the same,
Maybe we could be more similar every single day?

And I hope I don’t scare you off like everybody else, oh
but, just give me a chance and I promise I can be myself

Maybe this could be something?
Maybe you could see something in me that no one else has ever cared to find or see?

Maybe you could be something?
Maybe you could see something in me that no one else has ever cared to find or see?”

Then she declares she doesn’t have a bridge, but then proceeds to whip one up on the spot and plows on to create more and more (don’t hold her to all of these lines, she was composing in real time)…

“Maybe this could be something?
Maybe you could see something in me that no one else has ever cared to find or see?

Maybe this could be something?
Maybe you could see something in me that no one else has ever cared to find or see?

Cause you see I have hopes, I have dreams of who you’ll be, and who I’ll see and who you could see back at me

Cause you see I have my expectations, way too high to the sky, and jeez, but I hope you can meet me up there with me

Maybe this could be something?

I have dreams
that I hope you’ll meet
I could explain them to you

The wood in my house
I like the smell,
And the buzzin’ outside makes me feel I’m at peace.

And I hope I don’t scare you off like everybody else?
But I promise if you give me a chance I will just be myself.

Cause maybe this could be something?
Maybe you could see something in me that no one else has ever cared to find or see?

Maybe you could see something in me that no one else has ever cared to find or see?
To see?

And I’ll go outside,
I like the grass
Makes my lungs feel clean and put me at peace for the time to pass,

Maybe you could be the same,
that’s one of my dreams
That you and me could be more similar than we think?

And I hope I don’t scare you off like everybody else,
But I promise that if you give me a chance that I could just be myself.

Cause maybe this could be something?
Maybe you could see something in me that no one else has ever cared to find or see?

Maybe you could see something in me that no one else has ever cared to find or see?

Cause the future is comin’ and it’s comin’ fast,
but it’s goin’ so slow at the same time it just won’t pass
And I hope, and I hope, and I dream, and I pray,
that you will give me a chance unlike all the others and see who I really am

So maybe this could be something?
Maybe you could see something in me that no one else has ever cared to find or see?

Maybe this could be something?
Maybe you could see something in me that no one else has ever cared to find or see?
Maybe this could be something?
Maybe you could see something in me that no one else has ever cared to find or see?

Maybe this could be something?
Maybe you could see something in me that no one else has ever cared to find or see?

Find or see…”

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“Maybe you could see something in me that no one else ever gets to follow or see?”

I swear that when I first heard her sing this I got a Carole King vibe from it, not that Grace sounds anything like her. I just envisioned listening to Carole King in the seventies, during Fall in New York, strolling in Central Park. Like it belongs in a movie It has such a quality of peace to it. So if Grace had in mind a song for Stargirl, then mission accomplished. The basic formula for 12 Stars is all over this, imho, insofar as coming up with a song that would at least closely mirror the book is concerned.

It starts simply enough, like she’s feeling her way into the song. She likes the simplicity of nature, the simplicity of being yourself, the luxury of being yourself. The song rather quickly becomes a longing to be able to share it with someone who feels the same way.

What kind of someone is she talking about? We fragment ourselves on a daily basis, showing only parts of ourselves to friends, colleagues, family, spouses…fans. But she is talking about being able to completely let go.

There is such beauty in the lines she repeats over and over. At first she said that she didn’t have a bridge, but then shrugged and said that these lines that she was saying, seemingly over and over, were powerful enough to make the bridge unnecessary. I thinks she’s right. The repetition reinforces the feeling of wanting to be able to be with someone who totally gets you in all respects. The song is remarkably intimate.

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised.

[Editor’s Note: After discussions in the comment thread of the August 16 article and elsewhere, the wording in the original transcription has been changed from “follow or see” to “find or see”. ]

This article was first posted on VanderVault’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Yfl9ID8F0g&lc=UgwxYuee9aks5qoF4MJ4AaABAg