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