Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Echo & The Bunnymen: The Killing Moon b/w The Killing Moon & Do It Clean (All Night Version) (1983)

Untitled
The Killing Moon is a fantastic song, and a staple of any good night club, oh so many years ago. I have never had any idea of what the song is about, but let's have Ian clear that up for us. In an interview with The Guardian earlier this year. He said:

"I’ve always said that The Killing Moon is the greatest song ever written. I’m sure Paul Simon would be entitled say the same about Bridge Over Troubled Water, but for me The Killing Moon is more than just a song. It’s a psalm, almost hymnal. It’s about everything, from birth to death to eternity and God – whatever that is – and the eternal battle between fate and the human will. It contains the answer to the meaning of life. It’s my 'To be or not to be …'" [source]
 
I still don't know what the song means. Sadly, in the same interview, he said: "You don’t dream things like that and remember them. That’s why I’ve always half credited the lyric to God." Yikes, now there's a case of delusion thinking.

Under blue moon I saw you
So soon you'll take me
Up in your arms
Too late to beg you or cancel it
Though I know it must be the killing time
Unwillingly mine

Fate
Up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until
You give yourself to him

In starlit nights I saw you
So cruelly you kissed me
Your lips a magic world
Your sky all hung with jewels
The killing moon
Will come too soon

Fate
Up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until
You give yourself to him

Under blue moon I saw you
So soon you'll take me
Up in your arms
Too late to beg you or cancel it
Though I know it must be the killing time
Unwillingly mine

Fate
Up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until
You give yourself to him

Fate
Up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until
You give yourself to him
You give yourself to him

La la la la la

Fate
Up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until 
You give yourself to him

La la la la la

Fate
Up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until
You give yourself to him

Fate
Up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until
You give yourself to him

La la la la la

This is a US pressing

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