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

 

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