"Star Of Bethlehem" is yet another song of anguish inspired by Young's discovery that his girlfriend (and mother of his child), Carrie Snodgress, had been cheating on him. This tore Young up at the time, but he came to a different perspective as he faced up to the fact that he cheated on her, too.
Young didn't have that mature perspective in November 1974, however, when he recorded this song in the aftermath of his discovery. He explored his pain in some other songs, including "Motion Pictures
" and "Danger Bird
," but "Star Of Bethlehem" may be the most revelatory of them all because it finds the normally anti-religious Young expressing a religious sentiment.
The song has Young discussing how friends, dreams, lovers, and every other worldly thing has abandoned him, and how nothing and on one seems trustworthy. So what is there to rely on? The answer to that
lies nowhere in this room