With a soothing intro, “Lonestar” is an instant attention-grabber with its easy to listen to melody. Emily Afton tells a story through this song of unrequited love, melancholic melodies mixed with a heart wrenching day dream. The consistent guitar strumming keeps listeners captivated, while the beat rolls in and out like ocean waves. When paired with the visually pleasing music video, the story takes on a whole new form. This is a song many can relate to, especially those who have had feelings for someone they can’t be with. Whether you’ve experienced this situation or not, though, it’s easy to get lost in Emily Afton’s music. Check out the captivating new tune “Lonestar” below.
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“This song is my queer love ballad of catharsis. I don’t know exactly where it came from, I know it was written sometime after my band had just returned from touring in Texas, where everyone was drinking Lonestar beer in the honky-tonks we went to (I had never had Lonestar before, being raised in California). I remember feeling that feeling of “cool, this is gonna actually be a good song!” right away when I sang the first line to myself about: “I just wanna be Lonestar drinking in an old bar with you.” It’s not that it’s such an amazing lyric or anything, but it just really conjured a genuine feeling within me which felt honest, similarly to how I had felt in those honky-tonks on tour.
When I wrote the song I think I was really digging to understand my queer identity, and nothing has changed since then. I am still digging, I am becoming myself. This song is written in the voice of a person who is singing to another person who they cant “have”, which is an experience very familiar to queer people. The feeling of longing, often times before we “come out”… often times before it is “allowed”… and often times before we even understand what is happening within ourselves- is a place that is very rich with emotion and pain. Writing “Lonestar”, I guess I was feeling tapped into my romantic queer girl heart, almost like looking down at my younger self from a bird’s eye view. ” -Emily Afton