It would be an understatement to say that “Rewrite The Stars” is a beautiful song by two of the most talented people in the industry-Zac Effron and Zendaya. The love-struck song from ‘The Greatest Showman’ musical had left us wondering how this song could possibly get any better. And then comes the re-imagined cover and music video by James Arthur and Anne-Marie. We are left speechless!
‘The Greatest Showman’ musical from 2017 will forever be one of the world’s most beloved movies. The Hugh Jackman, Zendaya and Zac Effron production was one of the highest grossing movies of 2017 and one of the better soundtracks in history. The soundtrack album also included some big hits such as “The Greatest Show,” “A Million Dreams” and “Come Alive.”
This new rendition of “Rewrite The Stars” by James Arthur and Anne-Marie is equally ecstatic. Anne-Marie looks gorgeous in white and James Arthur pulling off the classic musician in a coat, supported by high-energy background dancers, makes this music video a thrilling entertainment.
Watch “Rewrite The Stars” by James Arthur and Anne-Marie
We can see amazing chemistry between the two artists who embrace a soulful tone despite the powerful performance.
The song is about two people questioning how their destinies are written in the stars and what it would take to change their destinies.
Lyrics Review and Song Meaning of “Rewrite The Stars”
James Arthur kicks off the song.
In this song, we find the guy attempting to keep this relationship alive by saying they could succeed or rewrite their stars if they tried enough. However, Anne-Marie has her own doubts.
‘Written in the stars’ usually refer to something being destined. In this song, we find that the couple’s destiny is to be away from each other, where the guy is trying to change the stars.
James Arthur is heard questioning why she does not believe that their relationship could not work. Her common answer is that their hands are tied to do what they want. It is no secret that she wants to be in this relationship as well. But something keeps her pulling away. She says distance is pulling them apart. But James Arthur assures that as long as they keep each other in their hearts, they will be as close as they could be.
The first version of the chorus is sung by James Arthur.
So, James Arthur proposes that they could rewrite their destinies if they wanted to. He believes that no one, even the stars, could bother them if they believed in themselves.
In the movie, Phillip Carlyle has been slowly falling in love with Anne Wheeler. However, the society frowns upon their relationship because Anne is from a lower cast. Hence, she has high doubts about making this relationship work.
Anne-Marie vocalizes in “Rewrite The Stars” for the first time now.
The girl wants to be with this guy. But she also knows how cruel the society can be. She just does not believe that it will be as easy as a song, which Phillip believes it to be.
She compares the struggles to ‘mountains’ and ‘locked doors.’ Maybe, she is imagining Phillip’s home doors being locked to the people of her cast.
Anne-Marie says that it might be difficult for the guy to understand because within these walls (within the circus) they are free to be whoever they want to be. They perform together, sing together, dance together, eat together etc. But outside the walls of this circus lies the real world which does not take kindly on differently bright stars.
In the second chorus of “Rewrite The Stars,” we hear the girl questioning everything proposed by the guy in the first chorus. She is baffled and questions how is he going to rewrite what is written on the stars!
She also counters James Arthur by saying it is not up to her or him to make this relationship work. Anne believes the outsiders will play a major role in it.
Towards the end of the song, we do see that the two squabbling lovers finding some middle ground. For an example, in several lines sung by both artists, they go from “It feels impossible” to “It’s not impossible” to “Is it impossible?” This is a favourable turn of mindsets towards a working relationship.
In this last verse, we find both the artists on the same page. They are going to try to make it work. Even the girl believes that it is up to him and herself to make this work, and the stars that are billions of miles away nor society at the doorstep can pull them apart if they don’t allow them to.
“Rewrite The Stars” is a beautiful composition on not giving up on love for each other. You might come from different backgrounds or lives, but they barely matter if the couple trusts in each other to make things work.
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Complete Lyrics to “Rewrite The Stars” by James Arthur and Anne-Marie