Our 10 Songs About the Moon are here to mark the occasion. Not necessarily our favorite songs, but we think they portray that fantastic astronomical body orbiting our globe in all of its varied colours and influenced by it. All of life’s most common emotions are present in this universe as well.
- 1 ‘Bad Moon Rising’ by Creedence Clearwater Revival
- 2 ‘What a Little Moonlight Can Do’ by Billie Holiday
- 3 ‘Mr. Moonlight’ by The Beatles
- 4 ‘The Whole of the Moon’ by The Waterboys
- 5 ‘Walking on the Moon’ by The Police
- 6 “The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress” (Glen Campbell, 1974)
- 7 “An Ending (Ascent)” (Brian Eno, 1983)
- 8 Moonage Daydream by David Bowie
- 9 Bark at the Moon by Ozzy Osbourne
- 10 Harvest Moon by Neil Young
‘Bad Moon Rising’ by Creedence Clearwater Revival
A 1993 Rolling Stone interview with Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty said that the movie The Devil and Daniel Webster inspired him to write “Bad Moon Rising.”
As Fogerty puts it, the song is about “the catastrophe that was going to be delivered upon us,” and the film’s storm-related scenes are said to have inspired it.
‘What a Little Moonlight Can Do’ by Billie Holiday
Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty revealed in a 1993 Rolling Stone interview that the film The Devil and Daniel Webster inspired him to create “Bad Moon Rising.”
A storm-related sequence in the film is supposed to have influenced the song, which Fogerty describes as “the calamity that was going to be brought upon us”.
‘Mr. Moonlight’ by The Beatles
The Beatles For Sale album included the song, which was sung by John Lennon (listen to that intro…MISTER! Moonlight).
There is no previous chord, so John had to come up with that note on the fly. It was a jaw-dropping moment for the audience.
Latin percussion and a Hammond organ solo were two things they hadn’t done before.
‘The Whole of the Moon’ by The Waterboys
Do you ever question if you’re looking at the big picture correctly? Is this like Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, where you see a glimpse of the true world?
The ‘whole of the moon’ is a metaphor for knowledge, which is surprising for a mid-’80s hit.
It is the protagonist who sings, “I saw the crescent,” while it is you who claims to have seen the full moon. “I was confined,” he explains. “As the sky was filled with your glory.” During the conversation, “I talked about wings” and “You just flew,” respectively.
‘Walking on the Moon’ by The Police
In the grand scheme of things, has your perspective ever changed? You can view the world as it really is like Plato’s Allegory of the Cave.
Unexpectedly for a hit song from the 1980s, “the whole of the moon” is a metaphor for wisdom.
A crescent moon is what the protagonist claims to have seen, whereas the full moon is what you claim to have seen in the song. According to the man, “I had no freedom.” “As the heavens were filled with your majesty.” You simply soared” and “I talked about wings” were two of the things I said throughout our exchange.
“The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress” (Glen Campbell, 1974)
Even though she appears to be warm as gold, “The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress” by Jimmy Webb is a beautiful example of his poetic prowess: “Though she appears to be warm as gold/The Moon’s a harsh mistress/The Moon can be so chilly.” Judy Collins, Linda Ronstadt, Joan Baez, and Joe Cocker have all recorded Webb’s moon song. Glen Campbell’s performance for his 1974 album Reunion: The Songs of Jimmy Webb was the classic version.
“An Ending (Ascent)” (Brian Eno, 1983)
New recordings of Brian Eno’s historic album Apollo are being released to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, which took place on July 20, 1969. Many films, television shows and commercials have used Apollo’s songs since they were released in 1983. “Ascent (An Ending)” was used in the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. On the 2019 edition, Roger Eno’s “Under The Moon” is one of the new tracks.
Moonage Daydream by David Bowie
Song year: 1972
Moonage Daydream is a song that focuses less on the beauty of the moon and more on the wonder of space and celestial things.
Using the analogy of a risky and unusual space-faring stranger, Bowie explains his love in the same way.
Bark at the Moon by Ozzy Osbourne
Song year: 1983
Ozzy Osbourne talks on the feral and untamed nature of the moon in this classic rock song. While the moon is associated with werewolves, it can also represent wildness and animalistic tendencies.
Harvest Moon by Neil Young
Song year: 1992
Neil Young’s Harvest Moon once again relies on the moon’s romantic qualities. Using the softness of the moonlight to emphasize the gentle nature of love, he invites his sweetheart to dance with him.