During Grace Potter & the Nocturnals VH1 Storytellers session, Grace Potter recalled The Lion the Beast the Beat‘s “Stars” as being about a recently passed childhood idol, who was “really wild and really wonderful” but who “always did take it a little bit too far.” “It’s kind of like when you are a kid and you have a balloon that just sort of slips off your wrist,” she said, choked up and with tears in her eyes. “And I wrote this song, because I don’t like looking up when I think about this person. I don’t like anywhere that I used to know her, used to see her.”
In the song’s new video, though, Potter does look up. Wearing a sequined evening gown, she plays with her Nocturnals under a dark and starry sky, her eyes fixed on Heaven’s Boulevard above. It’s a contemplative affair, all black and white and quiet, Potter at once large against the stars and small underneath the sky. “It’s a form of grieving, really, writing songs like this,” Potter says.
Watch “Stars” above, and below, see her talk about the song on VH1 Storytellers.