Stars

by Andrew Huang

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Several years in the making, Stars is a feel-good pop/rap album with electronic and funk influences sprinkled in. Some of the songs were written during a year spent abroad, and the lyrics speak to that experience - no phone plan, meeting new people, grappling with what "home" means, and being ready for anything to happen. But the message that permeates the whole album is empowerment: The rest of your life is open ahead of you, so reach for the stars.

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released November 3, 2017

Written / recorded / produced / mixed / mastered by Andrew Huang.

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Track Name: Stars
so i'm lying in the grass with the right bambina
packing a basket looking like a cantina
keeping it class with a glass of sangria
and forgetting all these worries, that's an idea
chilling on a blanket in the park
waiting for the night to get dark
you know, sometimes i have dreams
of thai beaches, sipping a beer
but i know we got it pretty good right here
anywhere you are, just look out at that galaxy
that's the canopy we've got
and can it be
in the vastness of these stars' ashes
i found a true love that lasts
it's like a fantasy
so honey, when the skies aren't sunny
when i have no money
when i act so funny
when this youth drops from me
tell me the truth
do you think you'll still love me

ooh, ooh, tell me this won't have to end

don't need to rap about cats and dogs
like every other rapper with some tracks on blogs
old school, baby, wax on cogs
old school slamming discs like i'm back on pogs
stacked high like the prayers we send up
like jenga blocks pulling them out and then what
money spent up at the cafes and bars
where we spend our time just laughing so hard
spent at the end of these halfway discarded nights
pretending i'm gonna spend my last days in charge
well pardon me for trying optimism, i like to gaze at stars
in a moment we could see light
in a moment we could rewrite
when i'm alone with you these nights just fly by
knowing this could just be right

ooh, ooh, tell me this won't have to end

now, we've been coming down this road, weaving
don't i get your heart beating
don't i get your heart, don't i get your heart

now, we've been wandering the stars, dreaming
don't i get your heart beating
don't i get your heart, don't i get your heart

in a moment we could see light
in a moment we could rewrite
when i'm alone with you these nights just fly by
knowing this could just be right

ooh, ooh, tell me this won't have to end
Track Name: Long Gone
i got a friend in every city
and a second one if i can get a hit of whiskey
b-52s up at 5280
mile high not the only thing to elevate me
and that’s when the trouble begins
no matter what i’m doing
ruin a handle of mother’s ruin
or the crown
and i’m sleeping in my button down
waking up to do it all again in another town
creeping on another round
but when i’ve had that drink
i can’t help but think
pushing the frontier
might have put myself on the brink
and if i had a crystal ball
i’d pull up the whole fam, blow a kiss to y'all
i’m in a strange land, no plan
trying to find bars so that i don’t miss the call
when i’m gone

yes, i did it again
dropped in for a visit and then
had suits try to pin me down
but i can’t listen to them, no
i’ve been away for a minute
could never change, now i’m in it
but every day i’m still thinking of you

i keep dreaming of what’s gone, long gone

i miss my friends but i don’t miss my ends
miss those talks but i don’t miss my block
feeling extraordinary, ‘cause when i'm cruising the canaries
i never really dream of being home in ontari - oh!
taking in the light off a wave
feeling like i might wash away
and that that would be okay
no currents pull me the wrong way
it seems i always end up in a spanish enclave
a cuban bistro, dominican holiday,
kiwi beach zone, australian reef,
cambodian islet, morrocan art show
the farther that i get the less i need cargo
in my heart i always carry your heart, though
but one day i’ll be back on the 49th parallel
ride this world like a carousel
finding new hideouts and stories that i care to tell
’til another time, farewell
i’m gone

yes, i did it again
dropped in for a visit and then
had suits try to pin me down
but i can’t listen to them, no
i’ve been away for a minute
could never change, now i’m in it
but every day i’m still thinking of you

i keep dreaming of what’s gone, long gone
i keep dreaming of what’s gone, gone
i keep dreaming
Track Name: Body Loose
can you feel it like i can feel, when it’s right
can you feel it like i can feel tonight
yeah yeah yeah
that’s a rhythm you can’t escape
i notice you, in the mood to play
get out your seat, let me see you sway
can you feel it like i can feel
can you feel it, can you feel it like i can feel, yeah

let your body loose, you let your body loose
let your body loose, you let you let your body loose

can you feel it like i can feel, when it’s right
can you feel it like i can feel tonight
yeah yeah yeah
now there’s nothing that i can do
but feel what i feel with you
girl, where did you learn to move, ha
can you feel it like i can feel
can you feel it, can you feel it like i can feel, yeah

i wanna just move, crush that groove
uh, i think i’m in love with you
clock looking like lush past two
get that body loose, we push through
she got electric hips
when i dip you dip we dip
i wanna just move
nah that’s not the whole truth
i wanna get on those lips

that’s a rhythm you can’t escape
i notice you, in the mood to play
get out your seat, let me see you sway

let your body loose, you let your body loose
let your body loose, you let you let your body loose

i know i want you next to me
you can let your body loose with me
Track Name: Know You
the deeper i go, the more that i know
the more i know there is to find
the flame is there, so why are we scared
of the things we try to hide

so i'll wait for you
long as you need
long as i know
you'll be with me
there's so much more
that we haven't seen

i want to know you
i want to know you
and i'm hoping that you want it
and i'm hoping that you know

the closer we get, the more i want it
you possess my heart and soul
so don't be afraid, don't keep me away
from the things i want to know

'cause i'll wait for you
long as you need
long as i know
you'll be with me
there's so much more
that we haven't seen

i want to know you
i want to know you
and i'm hoping that you want it
and i'm hoping that you know

we could just be fools in love
do you trust me, darling?
though i don’t know much of anything
i know i will be true

and i know you
i want to know you more
and i'm hoping that you want it
and i’m hoping that you know
Track Name: Get Away
too many lights at the ball
trying to flicker, glitter, shimmer, shine
too many kids at the bar
yelling 'bout their wasted time
too many heads at the show oh oh oh
come on, i got too many dreams, don't you know
so baby let's get away

you know i’ve been waking up
falling in love over and over with you
trying not think too much
‘cause then i think of you and i know i’ll miss you
could it be a new day
i’m trying to get you away
from the same old things and a life held back
won’t you come out and play

too many lights at the ball
trying to flicker, glitter, shimmer, shine
too many kids at the bar
yelling 'bout their wasted time
too many heads at the show oh oh oh
come on, i got too many dreams, don't you know
so baby let's get away

venice beach, with these vendors having turf wars
kids balling in this heat, like the earth's core
but i'd ditch the best storm for the worst shore
you, me, sangris and a surfboard
you know i never liked a crowd much
got big love and big ideas to round up
and when i'm with you anything goes
but oh, how i'd like to get you alone, so now what
i'm saying walk with me, talk with me
i wanna be with you constantly
we shine together, no matter how far
can't have constellations without stars
come alive, this is summertime
i'm overheated and i'm underdimed
but you're the finest thing i'm coming by
let's get away, don't need to wonder why

too many lights at the ball
trying to flicker, glitter, shimmer, shine
too many kids at the bar
yelling 'bout their wasted time
too many heads at the show oh oh oh
come on, i got too many dreams, don't you know
so baby let's get away
Track Name: Good Run
i could never tire of the azure sky
or of the coral sands
yeah yeah
watching all the waves come through
watching all the ways you move

sipping my tequila lime in this sun
with no one around but you
yeah yeah
listening to the ocean spray
nostalgia ultra on my brain
yeah

if i don't make it tomorrow
i've had a good run, you all know
if i don't make it tomorrow

i’ve been pushing for a while and it’s good
leaving those clouds behind
yeah yeah
trying to just forget what they’re on
trying to make the moves i want

now they start to see the way i put down
stay on top of my game
yeah yeah
lay it down before i lay down
say the things i need to say now
yeah

if i don't make it tomorrow
i've had a good run, you all know
if i don't make it tomorrow

i think a lot about the way it ends
the kind of things no one ever wants me to say again
but the line's in my mind so when i peace i'll know
i had the best times with the greatest friends
that's why i own it, live in the moment
trying to make the most of it, notice the unnoticed
and any stacks that i stack, well that's a bonus
i've seen too many dull folks working the wrong motives
so while you're napping in the afternoon
i'm in the classroom raising up my hand, yes i'm that dude
i'm in the cancun sands, just passing through
'til i'm in the studio booth tracking these raps too
and if you're waiting for anybody to ask you
where your passion falls and what you have to do
then consider this your call to be all you can be
stand up tall, hustle, no plan b

if i don't make it tomorrow
i've had a good run, you all know
if i don't make it tomorrow
Track Name: Young
well i gotta make this happen when i'm still young
well i gotta make this happen while i'm still thin
well i gotta make this happen when i'm still young

tell me i'll be breathing
tell me i'm still feeling
tell me i'll keep dreaming and dreaming and dreaming

well i gotta make this happen when i'm still young
well i gotta make this happen while i'm still thin
well i gotta make this happen when i'm still new
i gotta make this happen when it's still true
i gotta make this happen when i'm with you, somehow

tell me i'll be breathing
tell me i'm still feeling
tell me i'll keep dreaming and dreaming and dreaming

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