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The Police — Walking On The Moon
Album: Reggatta De Blanc
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Released: 1979
Length: 4:47
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Giant steps are what you take
Walking on the moon
I hope my legs don't break
Walking on the moon
We could walk forever
Walking on the moon
We could live together
Walking on, walking on the moon

Walking back from your house
Walking on the moon
Walking back from your house
Walking on the moon
Feet they hardly touch the ground
Walking on the moon
My feet don't hardly make no sound
Walking on, walking on the moon

Some may say
I'm wishing my days away
No way
And if it's the price I pay
Some say
Tomorrow's another day
You stay
I may as well play

Giant steps are what you take
Walking on the moon
I hope my legs don't break
Walking on the moon
We could walk forever
Walking on the moon
We could be together
Walking on, walking on the moon

Some may say
I'm wishing my days away
No way
And if it's the price I pay
Some say
Tomorrow's another day
You stay
I may as well play

Keep it up, keep it up (x 12)
Comments (231)add comment
 creekgirl wrote:
I'm loving Mr. Copeland's incredible timing, the ingenious multiple rhythms and textures of sound.  Inspired and ambitious, this song has a billion times more quality than today's tendency to just set a rhythm on an electronic keyboard.  That's why it's still fresh today and beyond.
 
On point until you use it as  a reason to dis modern music.
 maxvonevil wrote:
Squaaack squaaak squack squaaak moon
please don't show us video of your butt hole. Thank you.

Squaaack squaaak squack squaaak moon
The Infamous Stringdusters  did a great  cover of this.
Great song, but my comment goes out to the album as a whole.  To me, even though they had a few other great albums, this one comes out on top.  None of the cheese of "every breath," but not as amateurish as their first.  This was the high point, though it was pretty much a mesa afer that.
I read on Facebook today that Sting was kidnapped and The Police have no lead.
This is the song that keeps me alive. I have a personal connection to Armstrong and I'm a huge star gazing planetary fan.
This was the song I played to celebrate the Giants winning the world series for the first time ever back in 2010. Giants steps, we were all walking on the moon back then, and in 2012 and 2014 too.
 mrtuba9 wrote:
Is it easy to break a leg walking on the moon?? 
 

Probably, but it would only take 1/7 the number of one-legged hops to get back to the space craft.
 Marr wrote:
I had a total moment with this song many years ago. I was, in fact, walking home from her house late, late at night after it had snowed heavily. I was the only moving thing out and the snow muffled all noise except the sound of my feet crunching through it. And I was in such a happy state that even the cold, long walk home ahead of me was as nothing. It felt very much like walking on the moon and this song naturally popped into my head. I found myself singing it (with steaming breath) all the way home. That moment in time (as opposed to the girlfriend herself) still comes to mind whenever I hear this song and puts a little smile on my face.
 

Dude, I had some moments like that, walking home from that certain special girl's house, a number of years ago. I'll never forget it. Time of your life, eh kid?
So simple. Brilliantly crafted single. The atmosphere to the mix is the best bit about this tune to my ears.
Definitely brings me back....way back. &#% I’m old!
 wgsu_1978 wrote:
Played and sang this song endlessly once. Then probably a 9; now a 7.
 

I'm with you on your average, this is an 8 for me, maybe 6+2 for the skillful drumming....Long Live RP!!
The sound the sound the sound  Perfect
Is it easy to break a leg walking on the moon?? 
I so agree about Copeland.  Would love to hear a voice other than Sting's here.

1000594710 wrote:
at their best. have to agree that copeland is genius. you can hear ginger in there.
 

 Hannio wrote:


Lucky!!! 

 
Sadly, I seem to hear it every day here on Rp.
Better than hearing Message in a Bottle  or  Roxanne I guess.
 rdo wrote:
There are some songs that I always catch in the rotation.  This one is played twice a month, and I hear it exactly twice a month each month.  {#Doh}

 

Lucky!!! 
                                                                        Sky is the limit.
On the Moon, since there is no air, sound cannot travel above the surface. So, there are no sounds on the surface of the Moon, and I don't worry about neighbors
Played and sang this song endlessly once. Then probably a 9; now a 7.
The most perfect rock/reggae/jazz band ever! And a great song about falling in love
9, mostly because of Copeland's amazing drumming.
 kcar wrote:

At least I didn't openly hope that a 16-ton weight would hit you with the same kind of regularity and precision that this song seems to do. 

So there's that to be thankful for, rdo.  {#Wave}

(Hey, maybe you should demand that BillG ban me from RP! Because I'm interfering with...your Program). {#Roflol}

 
I would ban you kcar.  Cyber-stalking is against the law in some places.  You threatened to "hunt me down" and kill me. I really think you are mentally disturbed.  


Love this song...

I never threatened to hunt down and kill any RP member.  

 
......Keep it up!.......
what an amazing vibe they achieved with this ... ahhh
ah its 1979? it's very cold out and my boyfriend is going to Africa
{#Drummer}{#Bananapiano}{#Drummer}  ....... great band, has to be a BIG FAT 9
 kcar wrote:

This is not a bad thing, stud. 

 
Move on honey...
One of the best basslines E.V.E.R.
Bill, did you hit hour head today? The Police, Moody Blues, Elton John, Talking Heads, etc, I feel like I'm back in high school 1977!
Good to hear Echo, The Heavy and the likes! 
 drictor wrote:
Back in college, a long time ago, walking home after lining up a date with a girl I was infatuated with — this summed it all up!  Still reminds me of that day.
 
drictor:  Your comment and location brought a pleasant little tingle.

For me, this song is a tiny camper-trailer parked in the US Navy lot in Driggs, ID, so smoke-filled I'm surprised we didn't die from lack of oxygen, as we anticipated how tonight's flurry will look in the morning -- when the lifts opened at Grand Targhee.  We stayed in those trailers a lot during the winter of 1978-1979, skiing one of the least-well-known powder factories in the US of A, talking about neutron cross sections of absorption and listening to the Police.

Hope tourists haven't ruined the Valley .... 
 fiddler wrote:
Kick drum, rim shots, and that hi-hat...then exactly just two snare hits in the whole thing. Andy and Sting - sparse as well. Then through today, shows how such restraint is truly worthwhile. For me, this song has always been The Police's equilateral triangle. 
 
Very well said.  Thanks!
Kick drum, rim shots, and that hi-hat...then exactly just two snare hits in the whole thing. Andy and Sting - sparse as well. Then through today, shows how such restraint is truly worthwhile. For me, this song has always been The Police's equilateral triangle. 
 resemblesThe Shins music 
I'm loving Mr. Copeland's incredible timing, the ingenious multiple rhythms and textures of sound.  Inspired and ambitious, this song has a billion times more quality than today's tendency to just set a rhythm on an electronic keyboard.  That's why it's still fresh today and beyond.
There are some songs that I always catch in the rotation.  This one is played twice a month, and I hear it exactly twice a month each month.  {#Doh}
no comment ! it si talking it self ;)
 Sasha2001 wrote:

What about Jamaican guys trying to sing like poor African Americans from Detroit? Because that's what they were trying to sound like.

 
As they might say at Wikiland..."This statement requires a citation"
I saw them play this song in a little cinema, the St. Denis, in Montreal, just after Roxanne hit the airwaves.   A precious memory!  This song (and "Message in a Bottle", of course) stood out above the others.  So imaginative and energizing.

They came out onto a very plain, almost barren stage in boiler-man suits, bouncing like they were on pogo sticks.  Weird thing to do but, with that, they grabbed the audience from the first minute, and never let go 'til the end.  It's no surprise at all they grew so big, so fast.

                   

                       {#Drummer}

                {#Bananajam}           {#Bananapiano}

                          {#Dancingbanana_2}
 Bazooka wrote:
What makes music timeless? I'd like to call this that.
 

 fredriley wrote:

I don't think any music is timeless. Mozart has lasted centuries, Monteverdi even longer, so they have some claim to longevity. It's rather early to extend such claims to recent rock music. By all means love a group to bits, of course, but only in a small minority of cases will the music have any longevity, and I'm not sure that the Police are such a case, influential as they were.
 
I suppose it comes down to what one's definition of "timeless" is.  If one means "still relevant" then that's one thing.  If one means "transcending time" or "not of a specific time", then that's something else.
 nate917 wrote:
I just can't handle rich white guys pretending to have Jamaican accents.  I think it's the hallmark of someone who takes himself way too seriously, and therefore screams out for a pie in the face.
 
What about Jamaican guys trying to sing like poor African Americans from Detroit? Because that's what they were trying to sound like.

Back in college, a long time ago, walking home after lining up a date with a girl I was infatuated with — this summed it all up!  Still reminds me of that day.

 AliGator wrote:

Def Leppard would probably hire you.

*ducks and runs*
 
Did anyone catch and spank you for that?...{#Rolleyes}

And add me to the "to me this is timeless enough that I'll be grooving to it while rockin' the walker" crowd...
 Poacher wrote:
All hail Mr Copeland. Utter, utter genius drumming on a brilliant track. I don't envy many things but if I had to choose one envy it would be the ability of Mr C. I'd give my right arm for his talent. . . no, wait. . . damn - that won't work.
 
Def Leppard would probably hire you.

*ducks and runs*

{#Drummer}{#Bananajam}{#Bananasplit}
 fredriley wrote:

I don't think any music is timeless. Mozart has lasted centuries, Monteverdi even longer, so they have some claim to longevity. It's rather early to extend such claims to recent rock music. By all means love a group to bits, of course, but only in a small minority of cases will the music have any longevity, and I'm not sure that the Police are such a case, influential as they were.

 
Well I don't know about Mozart but if it's anything like the music of today, what's timeless is determined by people who weren't there, reading old issues of Billboard and deciding that "Don't You Forget About Me" and "One Thing Leads to Another" are the best the 80s have to offer.

 Bazooka wrote:
What makes music timeless? I'd like to call this that.
 
I don't think any music is timeless. Mozart has lasted centuries, Monteverdi even longer, so they have some claim to longevity. It's rather early to extend such claims to recent rock music. By all means love a group to bits, of course, but only in a small minority of cases will the music have any longevity, and I'm not sure that the Police are such a case, influential as they were.

All hail Mr Copeland. Utter, utter genius drumming on a brilliant track. I don't envy many things but if I had to choose one envy it would be the ability of Mr C. I'd give my right arm for his talent. . . no, wait. . . damn - that won't work.
 Bazooka wrote:
What makes music timeless? I'd like to call this that.
 

Timeless
that is exactly that
I hope my legs don't break.
Yes, more Police please.
What makes music timeless? I'd like to call this that.
Not one of their most memorable or powerful songs, but still good fun.
 stephw wrote:


I can also remember "Money for Nothing" being the first video playing on MTV, and even though I was in Halifax, Canada, it was MTV U.S. broadcasting so I imagine everyone saw the same thing wherever they were!
 
As others have stated, in the US it was Video Killed The Radio Star by The Buggles.


{#Tongue}
 TerryS wrote:

Depends where you grew up and which MTV you watched....

...
"Money for Nothing," which was the first video ever to be played on MTV in Britain. It was also the first compact disc to sell a million copies and is largely credited for launching the CD format as it was also one of the first DDD
  TS
 

I can also remember "Money for Nothing" being the first video playing on MTV, and even though I was in Halifax, Canada, it was MTV U.S. broadcasting so I imagine everyone saw the same thing wherever they were!
Talk about a moment..My first date, I went to Laserium @ gates planetarium..got courage to put arm around my beauty when this song came on in the darkness.  They just started spinning the night sky, thousands of stars, spinning around, fast.  Me looking up, arm around a girl for the first time, butterflies in stomach, spinning in a starfield.  Walking on the moon,oh yea, I was there.  Then I threw up.

Overuse of a nice bass riff. This sounds like a lazy attempt of making a tune out of nothing. Lyrics are banal too. Though I admit that I do in fact like the tune...its nothing more than background nostalgia to me.

{#Sunny}
Can´t  stand them, and I`m not sorry.
d r i l le
 Randomax wrote:

Ah, yes...I remember flipping channels and there was this strange thing called a music video playing on some new station...it was "Video killed the radio star".....ironic title it turned out.  Didn't realize then that I was watching the very 1st video on MTv....
 
Depends where you grew up and which MTV you watched....

...
"Money for Nothing," which was the first video ever to be played on MTV in Britain. It was also the first compact disc to sell a million copies and is largely credited for launching the CD format as it was also one of the first DDD
  TS
 Marr wrote:
I had a total moment with this song many years ago. I was, in fact, walking home from her house late, late at night after it had snowed heavily. I was the only moving thing out and the snow muffled all noise except the sound of my feet crunching through it. And I was in such a happy state that even the cold, long walk home ahead of me was as nothing. It felt very much like walking on the moon and this song naturally popped into my head. I found myself singing it (with steaming breath) all the way home. That moment in time (as opposed to the girlfriend herself) still comes to mind whenever I hear this song and puts a little smile on my face.
 
What a kuhl memory moment to share!  It's a total visual and visceral.  I see you wreathed in fog of breath, beaming in your own moonlit moment!....

 nate917 wrote:
I just can't handle rich white guys pretending to have Jamaican accents.  I think it's the hallmark of someone who takes himself way too seriously, and therefore screams out for a pie in the face.
 
What?

 nate917 wrote:
I just can't handle rich white guys pretending to have Jamaican accents.  I think it's the hallmark of someone who takes himself way too seriously, and therefore screams out for a pie in the face.
 

.... Jamaican accents?
I just can't handle rich white guys pretending to have Jamaican accents.  I think it's the hallmark of someone who takes himself way too seriously, and therefore screams out for a pie in the face.
In my trousers - walking on the moon.
I had a total moment with this song many years ago. I was, in fact, walking home from her house late, late at night after it had snowed heavily. I was the only moving thing out and the snow muffled all noise except the sound of my feet crunching through it. And I was in such a happy state that even the cold, long walk home ahead of me was as nothing. It felt very much like walking on the moon and this song naturally popped into my head. I found myself singing it (with steaming breath) all the way home. That moment in time (as opposed to the girlfriend herself) still comes to mind whenever I hear this song and puts a little smile on my face.
hey, I just realized no one's home. I can turn it up!

/seventeen again
Yesterday I was listening to this:  https://www.archive.org/details/umelt2009-09-19.main.km184.flac16

The mighty U-Melt dropped the entire Sychronicity album in the middle of their set at a festy.  Pretty neat.  I'm seeing them in Albany Halloween.
 Hannio wrote:


 
{#Lol} Even on the Moon.

parrothead wrote:

<...> The problem here with me, I can't stand one tune they ever did. Every Breath You Take, I may have the title wrong, was the only tune by them that I can tolorate and I'm sick of it thanks to FM radio. <...>

My brother brought home Sting's Dream of the Blue Turtle when it came out. At the end of one of the songs ... Love is the 7th Wave is the one ... the lyrics go like this:

Every ripple on the ocean
Every leaf on every tree
Every sand dune in the desert
Every breath you take with me
Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every cake you bake
Every leg you break


Always cracked me up that he mocked that stupid song in another one.




very atmospheric as all police songs
Yep, talented lot these three are... I remember reading a review years and years ago of one of their very early live shows in the U.S. in "Skateboarder" magazine of all places and as the crowd yelled "play Pipeline!" Sting and Co. obliged by ripping into a raucous version of the Chantays surf classic. 
A feel good song.
 swruch wrote:
Brings back memories of watching MTv in the early days - when they
had less than 24 hours worth of videos in the rotation.  Mark Goodman,
Martha Quinn, Nina Blackwood... The Buggles.... etc., etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltUiKvNsgJ0
 
Ah, yes...I remember flipping channels and there was this strange thing called a music video playing on some new station...it was "Video killed the radio star".....ironic title it turned out.  Didn't realize then that I was watching the very 1st video on MTv....

Brings back memories of watching MTv in the early days - when they
had less than 24 hours worth of videos in the rotation.  Mark Goodman,
Martha Quinn, Nina Blackwood... The Buggles.... etc., etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltUiKvNsgJ0


Thank you Bill! "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed."  It's the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. "One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind"  I don't know if it's been a giant leap for mankind, but for a kid watching Neil Armstrong step onto the Moon it was amazing.
Probably my favorite Police song ... {#Bananajam}go Andy! 
walking on walking on the moon tun tun tun
La Police! vous avez demandé la Police ! Un son pur et juste, mélange rock/reggae, une trouvaille !
En france , le groupe RAFT, dans les années 80 , etait aussi "créatif" et original avec un de leur tube "yaka dansé"
God I love this tune —- the highest level of musicianship, the "up" vibe.


 superfido wrote:
So, WHat are the other two doing today??
 
No doubt anything they want after their take from the mountain of loot made on the reunion tour.
 kaybee wrote:

Probably because his style is heavily influenced by Caribbean and African sources.  Everybody here is extolling Copeland and quite rightly - he's a remarkable drummer.  But Andy Summers could do so much with just one or two notes on guitar - he never, ever wastes a chord.  And all you Sting naysayers, you can't really imagine the Police without him.  If you don't like his style of singing, at least you have to acknowledge that he is a fine bassist.

As an aside I used to love doing tai chi to this song.  {#Bananasplit}
 
You are absolutly right, great talent here. The problem here with me, I can't stand one tune they ever did. Every Breath You Take, I may have the title wrong, was the only tune by them that I can tolorate and I'm sick of it thanks to FM radio. I was born at the right time. These guys where huge in high school. I just never got it and I still don't. For the record, I was not big on Buffet either in high school, but he has grown on me through the years.....Don't let Jimmy know that    {#Shhh}

 jjbix wrote:
Gee BIll, we never get to hear this song more than 14 times a day on every media outlet.  Is anyone out there making any new music?  :)

 
Got to ask you, Why are you listening to "media outlets" (Code for local radio) any way?{#Naughty} You looking to buy a used car or something?  

You should know they are canned and researched to the lowest common denominator and rotated and regurgitated every two and a half hours. It looks like "WOM" has only run about two times on RP in the last month and same the month before. (Guesstimate!)

Being an old timer, by most standards...and probably a bigger new music fan than most, cause I had to play this tune on the radio for nearly twenty years myself. I still dig a great song once and a while and WOM is a great song. The thing that cured me of hearing the same shit over and over day in and day out, hour after hour, was to get the hell out of the radio business and stop listening to the radio shit on "media outlets". Thank god for streaming billy boy from RP and mp3's!

Got clue? I did!
{#Sunny}

P.S. peter_james_bond...I am digging your pic brother! (below)
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Gee BIll, we never get to hear this song more than 14 times a day on every media outlet.  Is anyone out there making any new music?  :)

 kaybee wrote:

Probably because his style is heavily influenced by Caribbean and African sources.  Everybody here is extolling Copeland and quite rightly - he's a remarkable drummer.  But Andy Summers could do so much with just one or two notes on guitar - he never, ever wastes a chord.  And all you Sting naysayers, you can't really imagine the Police without him.  If you don't like his style of singing, at least you have to acknowledge that he is a fine bassist.

As an aside I used to love doing tai chi to this song.  {#Bananasplit}
 

Personally I'd be fine with not imagining The Police at all. But thats just me.
 EssexTex wrote:
Great drums...spoilt by "Stink"and his pathetic high pitch voice..why did he feel he should sing in a Caribbean accent just because it has a reggae beat?
 

Excactly.
As the long echoing guitar notes at the beginning fade out they decay into this wobbly sound... is that an artifact or deliberate you think?  May be a natural side-effect of whatever reverb Andy was using at the time.  Anyone know?

Edit:  Ah... kept listening and the sound repeats late in the song on a rising level.  Its some sort of synth.  Very subtle at the beginning though.
first 2 seconds of this always take me straight back to 8th grade and the mysterious "druggies" with their Police and Pink Floyd tshirts.  (sort of like what a good plate of ratatouille does for Anton Ego.)  what an awakening that year.  and unlike some other "hot" late 70's music, this one actually holds up (to my ear). 
I just want to give a big YAY! for this song.
 EssexTex wrote:
Great drums...spoilt by "Stink"and his pathetic high pitch voice..why did he feel he should sing in a Caribbean accent just because it has a reggae beat?
 
Probably because his style is heavily influenced by Caribbean and African sources.  Everybody here is extolling Copeland and quite rightly - he's a remarkable drummer.  But Andy Summers could do so much with just one or two notes on guitar - he never, ever wastes a chord.  And all you Sting naysayers, you can't really imagine the Police without him.  If you don't like his style of singing, at least you have to acknowledge that he is a fine bassist.

As an aside I used to love doing tai chi to this song.  {#Bananasplit}


horrible... scarce arrangement = disgusting song
I've always like the sparse arrangement of this tune. Less is more.
The police always wins!!!

Hello to everybody out there

Moona
pweverka wrote:
This stuff doesn't age well.
You may want to change the batteries of your hearing aids. :cheesygrin:
TexasAggies wrote:
Such sweet percussion from Mr. Copeland. Love it! :drummer:
I went to high school with a girl who babysat his kid
Are you The Police? "No ma'am, we're musicians."
So, WHat are the other two doing today??
copeland is the shiznit :drummer:
Such sweet percussion from Mr. Copeland. Love it! :drummer:
really suffering today
Bleh.
Really like this music played on a record player
always loved the drumwork on this one.
Great drums...spoilt by "Stink"and his pathetic high pitch voice..why did he feel he should sing in a Caribbean accent just because it has a reggae beat?
songbirdfemme wrote:
this is great but come ON!!!! we are still in the halloween spirit!! we want thriller... WE WANT WEREWOLVES OF LONDON!!! (i am the demanding 4 yr old for Halloween)
I want another evil laugh from Bill... :whisper:
this is great but come ON!!!! we are still in the halloween spirit!! we want thriller... WE WANT WEREWOLVES OF LONDON!!! (i am the demanding 4 yr old for Halloween)
EssexTex wrote:
I wish "Stink" was buried on the bloody moon! Copeland and the other guy? fair play to you..how they didn't beat him to death years ago amazes me
Know what you mean. The problem is that the little shit is one of the best musicians of his generation. Don't know where you live ... here in North America we have to contend with tools like Alex Rodriguez ... love em or hate em, there's no denying the gifts they've been given.
Hub wrote:
I'm with you, EssexTex these hacks should never have had a record contract. Sting can't sing, his voice is terrible, he thinks he's some kind of seminal musician. HA! keep this kind of mediocre Crap off of RadioParadise!
Tell you what ... find the best musicians you can, go into a studio, and try and play this tune. That oughta wake you up. Bill: How about a string of great drum performances --- Aja/Take Five/Walking on the Moon?
I'm with you, EssexTex these hacks should never have had a record contract. Sting can't sing, his voice is terrible, he thinks he's some kind of seminal musician. HA! keep this kind of mediocre Crap off of RadioParadise!EssexTex wrote:
I wish "Stink" was buried on the bloody moon! Copeland and the other guy? fair play to you..how they didn't beat him to death years ago amazes me
I wish "Stink" was buried on the bloody moon! Copeland and the other guy? fair play to you..how they didn't beat him to death years ago amazes me