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The Waterboys The whole of the moon Lyrics

Last updated: 09/27/2011 11:00:00 AM

I pictured a rainbow
you held it in your hands
I had flashes
but you saw the plan
I wandered out in the world for years
while you just stayed in your room
I saw the crescent
you saw the whole of the moon!
The whole of the moon!

You were there at the turnstiles
with the wind at your heels
You stretched for the stars
and you know how it feels
To reach too high
too far
Too soon
you saw the whole of the moon!

I was grounded
while you filled the skies
I was dumbfounded by truth
you cut through lies
I saw the rain-dirty valley
you saw Brigadoon
I saw the crescent
you saw the whole of the moon!

I spoke about wings
you just flew
I wondered, I guessed, and I tried
you just knew
I sighed
but you swooned
I saw the crescent
you saw the whole of the moon!
The whole of the moon!

With a torch in your pocket
and the wind at your heels
You climbed on the ladder
and you know how it feels
To GET too high
too far
Too soon
you saw the whole of the moon!
The whole of the moon!

Unicorns and cannonballs,
palaces and piers,
Trumpets, towers, and tenements,
wide oceans full of tears,
Flags, rags, ferry boats,
scimitars and scarves,
Every precious dream and vision
underneath the stars

You climbed on the ladder
with the wind in your sails
You came like a comet
blazing your trail
Too high
too far
Too soon
you saw the whole of the moon!

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To some is easy | Reviewer: Jorge | 9/27/11

For some people life is easy, it comes natural to them to fill the skies because the way they were raised. Some parents with all the restrictions and lack of parenting are basically cutting their children's chances to succeed. Life is a learning journey and some parents give them tools and knowledge from an early age, others don't. The singer seems to say that he was grounded and not allowed to grow and seemed to have been smothered where the other was allowed to develop a bright personality and breathe. So while he became shy and reserved and defining his limits the other was the center of attention and going over his limits because he learned early on what he wanted and how to get it, and time to test others and see through them and their lies. That's why some people get to adulthood without knowing who they are or what they want from life as if seeing just the moon crescent, while others are confident and stand out. Like the whole moon that fills the sky, they see the whole picture and know when to talk, what to say, how to behave, and what to do to achieve what they want. The singer is basically saying, I'm not like you because I wasn't given the chance.



The key is the last line | Reviewer: Ingrid | 7/28/11

The last line of the song goes,'How on earth did you see the whole of the moon?' So I'm thinking if I'm on earth I can't see the whole of the moon. The only way to see the whole thing is not to be on earth. So whoever they're singing about is either an astronaut or is dead. My guess is they're dead. 'Too high...' Someone they knew O'D'ed.



Nick Brook - The Whole of the Moon | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/5/10

Nick you cracked it....that's why it such a great song. He sings about himself, or when I listen its like my life looking at it from both sides, that's why its so hard to get the full meaning, because you try to imagine its someone else but you keep thinking its yourself..Everything I did I did tentatively, hesitantly, rationally, realistically, normally... while you weren't afraid to let go; to feel and dream. To me you seemed to instinctively and optimistically understand how to live. You may not even have realised it yourself, you were too busy just doing it. Maybe even drugs. I envy that, and you, but you were too good at it, you went too hard at it. You did all I never could or never dared to but it was too much. Maybe it destroyed you..."
But who are you? Friend? lover? Enemy? Who I want to be?
Who am I? Are we the same person?



a personal lament | Reviewer: nobody | 12/3/08

The most beautiful woman I've ever known, whose heart I inadvertently and unknowingly broke said this song would always remind her of me. I hope that she's heard it recently. As I think about her often. I wasn't always cargo, I was once cannon fodder. I hope you are well Ariel.



The truth? | Reviewer: Dubiosus rex | 7/18/08

If you listened to pagan place, you can hear the attitude of the singer, that's my thought.
In tha 80's I liked this song very much without understanding the whole text. Now it came along/back in the moment I examined the moon. If you look at the whole thing you will wonder if they only knew or have been prophetic.

Love the song...



Searching for meaning¨! | Reviewer: rebeka | 3/22/08

I ve heard that the singer was influenced great deal by a christian writer C.S.Lewis, he also studied phylosophy, so I d suggest that this song is about finding the meaning of life. It is about spiritual things, you can wander out in the world, looking for it in the wrong places, reaching half way always. He was afraid to accept the truth totally... she not just accepted it,but she was actively involved! she cut through lies!was not afraid to accept and go deep once she found it, and she didnt even have to go out of her room in order to find it.In "This is the sea", there is a song about Spirit, tells much of the singer s deeper spiritual yearnings. anyway, not a shallow song!
I d like it to mean exactly this! I d like it to echo his interest in Christianity!
Many people see just crescent, think that s it, but she saw the whole of the moon, it can be seen: the whole of the moon and one can go too far, too high, too soon!it s possible to know the whole truth! It is possible to see the world with God s eyes, to see the total picture!



Who are you? | Reviewer: Nick Brook | 5/13/07

"Everything I did I did tentatively, hesitantly, rationally, realistically, normally... while you weren't afraid to let go; to feel and dream. To me you seemed to instinctively and optimistically understand how to live. You may not even have realized it yourself, you were too busy just doing it. Maybe even drugs. I envy that, and you, but you were too good at it, you went too hard at it. You did all I never could or never dared to but it was too much. Maybe it destroyed you..."
But who are you? Friend? lover? Enemy? Who I want to be?
Who am I? Are we the same person?