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