Polish the Stars

by The Laohu

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about

Polish the Stars is based on a poem by Shel Silverstein. In it, there are those who feel the stars have lost their luster and that new ones should be purchased. But all they really need is a little love and polish. Too often in today's society, we carelessly toss away items and, occasionally, people, who seem to have outlived their usefulness. However, I think they just need a little time and love and they'll be good as new, if not better.

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released 03 July 2012

This sonic shockwave is entirely composed of one guitar (Epiphone Les Paul Custom), a Nintendo Gameboy (running LSDJ) and my voice.


Mixed and Mastered by Andrew Houdek, the magnificent

Artwork by Calvin Barreto, the fabulous

All music performed by The Laohu, Lars Shurilla

All music written by The Laohu, Lars Shurilla, except:

Party Pants guitar written by Steve Merkley, the gifted
Paper Cranes guitar written by Drew Barber, the master
Secret Song guitar and Chinese lyrics written by Drew Barber, the 师傅

A very special thanks to my brother Keaton for teaching me about chiptunes, my wife Spring for all her love and support, my family for tolerating all the noise I make, Andrew Houdek for giving this a professional edge, and a kind Heavenly Father for everything that I am and can become.

Recorded in Milwaukee, WI @ The Trees.

Released July 3rd, 2012.

In loving memory of Mark Shurilla, the man who started me on the Rock and Roll journey.

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Track Name: Party Pants
All gussied up with no where to be,
All alone in that chair, melancholy
A knock at the door, let's go see
It's the Laohu to rock your Party

I'll take you anywhere
Just whisper in my ear
Put on your Party Pants
And let's go

Five blocks down the street
You can hear our poundin' feet
We're handing out a sonic treat
Intertwined with luscious beats

I'll take you anywhere
Just whisper in my ear
Put on your Party Pants
And let's go, oh~

I'll take you anywhere
Just whisper in my ear
Put on your Party Pants
And let's go
I'll take you anywhere
Just whisper in my ear
Put on your Party Pants
And let's go, oh~
Yeah, let's go
Track Name: I Am The Storm
Everybody gets so busy, easily sidetracked
From what's important, priorities, undeniable fact
But we're reminded by inner feelings
Like smoke smoldering in our lungs
There's something greater, close yet distant
How will you react?

You can feel it when you're quiet, standing still
You see nothing, you think you're crazy, wondering until
You hear something so familiar
Like a ventriloquist just out of view
A voice, pure and gentle
Calling out to you

I am the storm
Pouring down on you
Can you feel me, the lightning in your veins?
I am the storm

It surrounds you, wraps around you, permeates the air
It starts to fill you, it lifts you upwards, higher and higher
You can't breathe, a pleasant suffocation
Like a drug that you long to abuse
It's euphoric, this light inside of you
When you know the truth

I am the storm
Pouring down on you
Can you feel me, the lightning in your veins?
I am the storm

I am the storm
Track Name: Run Away
Your body is fire, your heart is ice
Let's fly away, take to the skies
Come with me, forget about tomorrow
Awake at last, no more dreams to let go
Don't look back, no~

Your mind is dark, your eyes are light
As burning stars against the night
Take a breath, hold as long as you can
Let it out, like tugging on an old thread
You unravel, oh~

Run away with me
Run away with me
With our backs to the clock and the future in our mind
Run away with me

Run away with me
Run away with me
Run away with me
Run away with me
Track Name: Secret Song
I'm trying to write this love letter, so you'll understand how I feel
Just how much, just how much, how much I love you
I've thought and thought, yeah, I've overthought it, I haven't even written a word
Afraid I love you, I love you, I love you too much
Every time you turn to leave my heart goes with you too
Is there anyway to leave a piece of you?
Oh, I'll tell you, oh, I'm telling you
Baby, you're my light, a burning candle in the night
In the darkness tossed, without you, lost
Baby, you're my bliss, holding out for just one kiss
I feel alive when I know I've
Got you

Every time you turn to leave my heart goes with you too
Is there anyway to leave a piece of you?
Oh, I'll tell you, oh, I'll tell you
Baby, you're my light, a burning candle in the night
In the darkness tossed, without you, lost
Baby, you're my bliss, holding out for just one kiss
I feel alive when I know I've
Got you
Track Name: Paper Cranes
So you came, you're still the same
Time to change, no more games
Fold your pain, tears and problems into paper cranes
Fly them into the fire and burn them away

Higher and higher, build this fire
We'll burn it all
Higher and higher, build this fire
We'll burn it all

Watch the flame, our burning shame
A fresh clean start, a brand new heart
Peering out of the ashes and into your eyes
Feel new life rush into you as paper cranes die

Higher and higher, build this fire
We'll burn it all
Higher and higher, build this fire
We'll burn it all

Dissipating, memories fading
Burnt wings flapping, bent beaks crackling
Birds and tears evaporating into the sky
Dissipating, memories fading
Burnt wings flapping, bent beaks crackling
Birds and tears evaporating into the sky

Higher and higher, build this fire
We'll burn it all
Higher and higher, build this fire
We'll burn them all
Track Name: Polish The Stars
Somebody has to go polish the stars,
They're looking a little bit dull.
Somebody has to go polish the stars,
For the eagles and starlings and gulls
Have all been complaining they're tarnished and worn,
They say they want new ones we cannot afford.
So please get your rags
And your polishing jars,
Somebody has to go polish the stars.

-Shel Silverstein
Track Name: Secret Song (中文版)
我给你写这一张情书是为了能让你了解
我是多,我是多,多么需要你
想了想,我想了太多,一句话也没有写完
我只怕,我只怕,只怕太爱你
你转身离开的时候,把我心带走
能不能再给我一丝温柔
我会告诉你,将会告诉你

你是我的光,没有你就没方向
我在这黑暗里等待者你
你是我的快乐,没有你就没什么
我不怕黑就是因为
有你

你转身离开的时候,把我心带走
能不能再给我一丝温柔
我会告诉你,将会告诉你

你是我的光,没有你就没方向
我在这黑暗里等待者你
你是我的快乐,没有你就没什么
我不怕黑就是因为
有你