“Long Dark Moon” – song lyrics

The first poetry I ever read came from song lyrics: and yes, though pop/rock, it was poetry. R.E.M., Morrissey, The Cure, David Bowie, Genesis, all of the tapes in my dad’s car. The 6-year-old J R H Greenwood leafed through the lyric booklets and was astonished. The first poems I wrote were alternative song lyrics to Imitation of Life. I still get up and sing whenever I can. Music is at the heart of traditional poetry anyway, of course, and we’re still haunted by rhythm and rhyme even in modern forms. 

I will soon be collaborating with a musician friend on a couple of pieces. Hopefully some bluesy, R&B feel will keep this piece together. 

 

 

Long Dark Moon – lyrics

 

Verse 1

She had no name.

She stood on clouds, and she drank in skies.

She grew pale

And you laid back and watched catastrophe fly by.

In her sleek shade

You took the shape and form and shadow of delight

And the next day

You’d gone, and left her on the shipwreck of the night

 

Bridge 1

Somehow, sometimes, she still brings light

 

Chorus 1

(She just wanted) Your gratitude and your lost affection

You were the answer to her loving question

You took no more, and you gave her less, then

She became her Long Dark Moon.

Down a long dark room, leading from her past

She walked on through her own disaster

And you never would have reached out to ask her

So she remains a Long Dark Moon.

 

Verse 2

Outcast by fate

She was drenched in cloud, and she was swathed in time

You returned too late

By the time you kicked yourself to do what you knew was right

(You’d never think) She could be brave

(You’d never dream) She had the grace and strength to get back up again and fight

For her new name

You made the most beautiful mistake of your whole life.

 

Bridge 2

Somehow, despite you, she is light.

 

Chorus 2

Oh, I know you: and you won’t respect her

And what you couldn’t allow, I’ll let her

And I can tell you now, she’s feeling better,

Sky’s heartache blue but she’s so much better: so much better

 

Bridge / Interlude

 

Chorus 3

(She just wanted) Your gratitude, and your lost affection

You were the answer to her onetime question

You took much more, and you left her less, then

She became her Long Dark Moon

Down a long black room, leading from her past

She walked on through her own disaster

If you want to know, maybe one day I’ll ask her

But she remains a Long Dark Moon.

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