The 11 best songs about the moon

The Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth. With an equatorial diameter of 3474 km, it is the fifth largest satellite in the solar system, while in terms of proportional size with respect to its planet it is the largest satellite: a quarter of the diameter of the Earth.

This 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the arrival of man on the Moon, a historic milestone carried out by astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins aboard Apollo XI. The arrival of man on the Moon is one of the greatest feats in the history of mankind and will be remembered forever.

On July 16, 1969, Apollo XI took off from Florida. The mission lasted 8 days, 3 hours, 18 minutes and 35 seconds. It was more than 195 hours of travel to finally reach the moon on July 20, 1969. “One small step for man, one great leap for humanity”, was the iconic phrase that Neil Armstrong uttered as soon as he stepped on the lunar surface. .

Magical powers have always been attributed to the moon, and it has been a deity in numerous religions and mythologies. It has also been an inexhaustible source of inspiration for painters, poets and musicians. Of the countless songs about the moon, these are the ones that, in my opinion, are the 11 best:

1. Moon River by Andy Williams

Composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer for the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, it won the Oscar in 1962. Originally sung by Audrey Hepburn, it was performed at the ceremony and became a jazz standard thanks to Andy Williams.

“Moon river, more than a mile wide

I’m gonna cross you in style someday

old dream maker,

heart breaker

wherever you go,

I follow your path.”

2. R.E.M. Man On The Moon

Song created by REM in 1992 about the life of the comedian Andy Kaufman, gave name to the Milos Forman film. He alludes to the rumors that Kaufman’s death was faked and compares them to the rumors that the moon landing was a lie.

“If you thought they put a man on the moon,

If you think he doesn’t have an ace up his sleeve, then nothing is great.”

3. Fly Me To The Moon by Frank Sinatra

Jazz standard composed in 1954 by Bart Howard. Frank Sinatra’s 1964 version is very much associated with the Apollo missions to travel to the moon.

“Fly me to the moon,

let me play among the stars.

Let me see what spring is like

on Jupiter and on Mars.

In other words, take my hand

In other words, baby, kiss me.”

4. Moonlight Shadow by Mike Oldfield

Mike Oldfield’s catchiest and most commercial song. A hit in 1983 sung by the Scottish Maggie Reilly. Mike Oldfield claimed that John Lennon’s death might have influenced the song’s lyrics.

“The trees that whisper at sunset,

carried by the shadow of the moonlight,

They sing a song of sorrow and woe,

carried by the shadow of the moonlight.”

5.Harvest Moon by Neil Young

The Harvest Moon is the closest full moon to the autumnal equinox. This moon gives name to one of the best songs of Neil Young’s extensive career that he composed for his wife Pegi Young for more than 25 years.

‘Cause I’m still in love with you

I want to see you dance again

Cause I’m still in love with you

on this harvest moon.”

6. Blue Moon by The Marcels

“Luna Triste (in Spanish)” is a classic popular song written by the Americans Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart in 1934. Of the infinite versions of this classic I have chosen the one made in 1961 by the doo-wop group The Marcels and which was n1 on both sides of the Atlantic.

“Blue moon, now I’ll never be alone

without a dream in my heart

without a love for me”

7. Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Bad Moon Rising

Composed by John Fogerty “The lyrics of that song are inspired by a movie called The Devil and Daniel Webster, especially in the scene where a hurricane devastates a town. Seeing that, the phrase “I feel the hurricane” came to mind blowin’, I hope you’re quite prepared to die”. In general this song is about the end of the world.”

“I see a bad moon rising

I see trouble on the way

I see earthquakes and lights

I see bad times today”

8. Moondance by Van Morrison

Van Morrison commented on his composition: “With ‘Moondance’ I wrote the melody first. I played the melody on a soprano saxophone and then I knew I had a song, so I wrote a lyric to go along with the melody. I don’t have any particular words.” to describe the song: sophisticated is probably the word I’m looking for. To me, “Moondance” is a sophisticated song. Frank Sinatra wouldn’t be out of place singing it.”

“Well it’s a wonderful night for a moon dance

with the stars up in your eyes

A fantastic night for romance

Under the cover of October skies.”

9. David Bowie’s Moonage Daydream

One of the songs from the rock opera “Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”. The song talks about an alien messiah.

“Keep your electric eye on me, baby,

your ray gun to my head.

Press your space face next to mine, love,

freak out in a moon fantasy, oh yeah.”

10. Walking On The Moon by The Police

One of the most recognizable singles from the band The Police. Sting claims that he wrote it drunk in a Munich hotel and that it was originally titled “Walking Round The Room” so he decided to change it to something more poetic like the moon.

“Giant steps are the ones you take

Walking on the moon.”

11. Nick Drake’s Pink Moon

Nick Drake passed away before his time but before that he left us jewels like this “Pink Moon”, a naked folk song full of poetry, magic and an aura of melancholy that catches you.

“I saw it written and I saw it say

the pink moon is on its way.”

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