MIXTAPE MONDAY: stars (video edition).

I could whip up a little doozy of a mixtape in no time, but instead I've decided to focus on one song and one song alone today. I had to drive out of town for a little bit today on my own and my iPod just happened to be on Stars as I got in the car. I decided to leave it there and I played "Your Ex Lover is Dead" the entire way there and the entire way back (50 minutes each way). 

It's such a significant song to me. It's absolutely beautiful. The lyrics, the timing, the instruments... I've managed to tack so much emotion to this song and I can't help but cry a little every time I hear it (don't worry, they're the good tears!)

I'm going to post the video and the lyrics below, but here is why it's so special to me... It's like a retrospective look back at a relationship between two people who were better off in the longrun by being apart. She was willing to give it all and truly commit, but he couldn't make up his mind. And here they are... running into each other after such a long time. She remembers him but he can't quite remember her name. She's gone on and met someone she truly loves and while she doesn't regret anything ever happening between them, she's not sorry that it's over. 

Maybe I just feel so drawn to it because it feels so autobiographical, but to know the feeling behind every single one of those words... it's powerful. Being with someone for three years and apparently being the last willing to admit defeat, I can honestly say that I am happier than ever with the person I've found. Life has an interesting way of working itself out. I truly believe the words "live through this and you won't look back"... I'm only 22 so I can safely say that without hesitation, walking away from that three year relationship was the hardest thing I've ever had to do. I'm sure I'll be faced with much more trying matters in the future, but for now, that was it for me. And to know that I was able to come out of it stronger than ever, I feel truly blessed... because I won't lie... there for a minute or two, I doubted my ability.

God, that was strange to see you again

Introduced by a friend of a friend
Smiled and said, "Yes, I think we've met before"
In that instant it started to pour

Captured a taxi despite all the rain
We drove in silence across Pont Champlain
And all of that time you thought I was sad
I was trying to remember your name

This scar is a fleck on my porcelain skin
You tried to reach deep but you never got in
And now you're outside me, you see all the beauty
Repent all your sin

Nothing but time and a face that you'll lose
I chose to feel it and you couldn't choose
I'll write you a postcard, I'll send you the news
From the house down the road from real love

Live through this and you won't look back 
Live through this and you won't look back
Live through this and you won't look back

There's one thing I have to say so I'll be brave
You were what I wanted
I gave what I gave
I'm not sorry I met you
I'm not sorry it's over
I'm not sorry there's nothing to save
I'm not sorry there's nothing to save 

Do you have a specific song that feels like it was written just for you? If so, feel free to share below! I'd love to give them a listen.


  1. This song always makes my heart melt. It's one of my favorites!

  2. Omgoodness. Stars is my absolute favourite band of all time. Okay, well Stars and Eels and Badly Drawn Boy, but they are for sure in my top three! Great choice!

  3. Hi, i'm a silent reader of your blog. I love you style, your tattoo e your love story ♥

    And i love this song, is beautiful *.*


    (I'm italian, sorry for my bad english)

  4. This song was beautiful! I'm definitely going to check out more songs by the band.

    Re: a song that feels like it was written for me - the lyrics of Rilo Kiley's Portions For Foxes are exactly what happened between me and a boy who was never quite a boyfriend. And it's a pretty song too, which is nice =]

  5. Loving the video edition! And, of course, the song! <3

    I've got a handful of songs that I often feel were written for me. But right now, for where I am, the song that comes to mind is "Girls" by Nizlopi off the Half These Songs Are About You album.

  6. Hi! I'm new to your blog and I totally dig it! I love that we sort of neighbors! I'm in Birmingham, AL. :) This is a great post and song too. "This scar is a fleck on my porcelain skin" <---wow.

    PS. I'm hosting a $50 giftcard giveaway to Anthropologie on my blog. Come by and check it out, when you can! :)


  7. I love this song so much! I never saw the video until now though... EEK! So cute!

  8. I found Stars about a month ago and I LOVE them. This is one of my favorite songs by them :) I loved hearing your take on it.

  9. thank you thank you thank you. this song is SO everything that is happening in my life at the moment and the video is lovely.

  10. Great, great song! Loving it and also anything "Florence & the Machine"! My absolute favorites at the moment! A song that feels like written for me is "Distance & Time" by Alicia Keys - heard it & loved it all summer long!

  11. I love that song! And I love your story :)

  12. I have lyrics from this song tattooed on my arm--loooove it so much.

  13. I downloaded this song after reading your post and haven't stopped listening to it! It's haunting and I love it.

  14. ohh i think the comment not working yesterday.

    soo i like this song really.
    i've reblogged it also on my blog :)


    xoxo jessie

  15. thanks for the song. I like it! I just found your blog and your new pup is so cute :)


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