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Let Me Be Your Star
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Album: SMASH - The Complete Season One
By: Smash
Sung by: Karen Cartwright and Ivy Lynn
Solos: Karen Cartwright and Ivy Lynn
Episode: Pilot

Let Me Be Your Star is an original song first featured in Pilot, the first episode of the first season of Smash. Being an original song, it was written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The version released as a single features both Katharine McPhee (Karen Cartwright) and Megan Hilty (Ivy Lynn) on lead vocals.

Unlike most original songs, the number has two lyrically different versions - a duet version and a solo version. In the context of Bombshell, the solo version is used as the opening of the show. It is sung by Norma Jeane Mortenson. Before she was Marilyn Monroe, she was Norma Jeane. At the top of the show, her first marriage has just ended due to her all consuming drive to be a movie star. It was written by Tom Levitt and Julia Houston and was first performed at callbacks for the New York Marilyn workshop with both Karen Cartwright and Ivy Lynn as Norma Jeane Mortenson.

For their work on the song, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman received a 2012 Primetime Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics." As well as a Grammy 2013 Nomination for "Best Song Written for Visual Media.".

Lyrics (Duet Version)Edit

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Ivy:
So another man says that he can't compete
That he can't love a moving target

Karen:
So another affair gets an incomplete
Well, it's time to adjust my plan

Ivy:
Cause when I'm up there...

Karen:
...on the silver screen

Karen and Ivy:
I can make the whole world want Norma Jeane

Ivy:
So I can't have the love of a single man

Karen:
But a million or more, well...

Karen and Ivy:
...that I can!

Karen:
Fade in on a girl
With a hunger for fame
And a face and a name to remember
The past fades away
Because as of this day
Norma Jeane's gone
She's moving on

Her smile and your fantasies play a duet
That will make you forget where you are
The music starts playing
It's the beat of her heart saying
Let me be your star

Ivy:
Flashback to a girl
With a song in her heart
As she's waiting to start the adventure
The fire and drive
That make dreams come alive
They fill her soul
She's in control

The drama, the laughter, the tears just like pearls
Well, they're all in this girl's repertoire
It's all for the taking
And it's magic we'll be making
Let me be your star

Karen and Ivy:
I'll just have to forget the hurt that came before

Karen:
Forget what used to be

Ivy:
The past is on the cutting room floor

Karen:
The future is here with me

Karen and Ivy:
Choose me!
Fade up on a star
With it all in her sights
All the love and the lights
That surround her
Someday she'll think twice
Of the dues and the price

Ivy:
She'll have to pay

Karen:
She'll have to pay

Ivy:
But not today

Karen:
But not today

Karen and Ivy:
She'll do all she can
For the love of one man
And for millions who look from afar
I'm what you've been needing
It's all here and my heart's pleading
Let me be your star!

Lyrics (Solo Version)Edit

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Karen singing the number in Bombshell

Norma Jeane:
Fade in on a girl
With a hunger for fame
And a face and a name to remember
The past fades away
Because as of this day
Norma Jeane's gone
She's moving on

Her smile and your fantasies play a duet
That will make you forget where you are
The music starts playing
It's the beat of her heart saying
Let me be your star

Flashback to a girl
With a song in her heart
As she's waiting to start the adventure
The fire and drive
That make dreams come alive
They fill her soul
She's in control

The drama, the laughter, the tears just like pearls
Well, they're all in this girl's repertoire
It's all for the taking
And it's magic we'll be making
Let me be your star

I'll just have to forget the hurt that came before
Forget what used to be
The past is on the cutting room floor
The future is here with me
Choose me!

Fade up on a star
With it all in her sights
All the love and the lights
That surround her
Someday she'll think twice
Of the dues and the price
She'll have to pay
But not today

She'll do all she can
For the love of one man
And for millions who love from afar
I'm what you've been needing
It's all here and my heart's pleading
Let me be your star!

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