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The Whole of the Moon (The Waterboys)

The Whole of the Moon
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An almost mystical song and a classic, "The Whole of the Moon" is a 1985 single taken from The Waterboys' album " This Is the Sea". It is a classic of the band's repertoire and has been consistently played at live shows ever since its release. Written and produced by Mike Scott, the subject of the song has inspired some speculation. The single was not a big success when initially released in 1985, only making the lower ends of the chart. Subsequently it became one of The Waterboys' best-known songs and their most commercially successful.

The Waterboys are a band formed in 1983 by Mike Scott. The band's membership, past and present, has been composed mainly of musicians from Scotland, Ireland and England. Edinburgh, London, Dublin, Spiddal, New York, and Findhorn have all served as homes for the group. The band has played in a number of different styles, but their music is a mix of Celtic folk music with rock and roll. After ten years of recording and touring, they dissolved in 1993 and Scott pursued a solo career. They reformed in 2000, and continue to release albums and tour worldwide. Scott emphasises a continuity between The Waterboys and his solo work, saying that "To me there's no difference between Mike Scott and the Waterboys; they both mean the same thing. They mean myself and whoever are my current travelling musical companions.

 

 

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Move these sentences around to reconstruct the lyrics of this song in the correct order.

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You held it in your hands
But you saw the plan
While you just stayed in your room
You saw the whole of the moon
The whole of the moon
I wandered out in the world for years
I had flashes
I saw the crescent
I pictured a rainbow
 
You saw the whole of the moon
And you know how it feels
To reach too high
You stretched for the stars
You were there in the turnstiles
With the wind at your heels
Too far
Too soon
 
You saw the whole of the moon
You saw Brigadoon
While you filled the skies
I was grounded
I was dumbfounded by truth
I saw the crescent
I saw the rain dirty valley
You cut through lies
 
You just knew
I wondered I guessed and I tried
I saw the crescent
The whole of the moon
You just flew
I spoke about wings
You saw the whole of the moon
... but you swooned!
I sighed
 
You saw the whole of the moon
And you know how it feels
You climbed on the ladder
The whole of the moon!
To get too high
Too soon
With a torch in your pocket
And the wind at your heels
Too far
 
Unicorns and cannonballs
Scimitars and scarves
Wide oceans full of tears
Every precious dream and vision
Underneath the stars
Palaces and piers
Flags rags ferryboats
Trumpets towers and tenements
 
Blazing your trail
You came like a comet
With the wind in your sails
Too high too far too soon
Yes, you climbed on the ladder
You saw the whole of the moon
 
Total number of items: 7

 

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