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The Waterboys — The Whole of the Moon
Album: The Best of the Waterboys
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Released: 1991
Length: 4:59
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I pictured a rainbow
You held it in your hand
I had flashes
You saw the plan
I wandered out in the world for years
While you just stayed in your room
I saw the crescent
You saw the whole of the moon
The whole of the moon
You were there in the turnstiles
With the wind at your heels
You stretched for the stars
And you know how it feels
To reach too high
Too far
Too soon
You saw the whole of the moon
I was grounded
While you filled the skies
I was dumbfounded by truth
You cut through lies
I saw the rain dirty valley
You saw "Brigadoon"
I saw the crescent
You saw the whole of the moon
I spoke about wings
You just flew
I wondered, I guessed and I tried
You just knew
I sighed
And you swooned
I saw the crescent
You saw the whole of the moon
The whole of the moon
The whole of the…
 ick wrote:
While some make plans and prepare to live a life, others just live.

 
{#Sunny}
This is more like Kate Bush than Kate Bush herself. Even the backing is Bush-esque. Or is she guest singer on this song?
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You have to add "the return of the pan" to the playlist!
I've always been a little "meh" on this song, but I do enjoy the rhyme of "whole of the moon" with "Brigadoon".

While some make plans and prepare to live a life, others just live.
Wonderfully uplifting.  Evokes some great memories.  Thanks, Bill and Rebecca!
Wonderous!!!!  9
oooooooohhhhh!  SWOON!
Terry Reid's version on The Driver is so much cooler than the Waterboys. Also listen to Fifth of July and Look at Life, plus of course The Driver 1 & 2  featured in Aspen High.
AND WHAT ABOUT "THE PAN WITHIN"? ANOTHER GREAT SONG FROM THE WATERBOYS. IT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THE ALBUM "THE BEST". BY FAR BETTER THAN OTHER SONGS THERE.

 jedley wrote:
Hey you guys know that Karl Wallinger, the main singer and songwriter of the Waterboys,  is selfsame as World Party, right? Legend has it that he left the Waterboys, holed up alone in a cabin to record the entire White Album, note for note, sound for sound, playing all the instruments, then emerged a year later and recorded Goodbye Jumbo. I love that story. And that album.
 

Correction: main singer and songwriter was and is Mike Scott. I'll have to check out Goodbye Jumbo, though. It sounds interesting.
Hey you guys know that Karl Wallinger, the main singer and songwriter of the Waterboys,  is selfsame as World Party, right? Legend has it that he left the Waterboys, holed up alone in a cabin to record the entire White Album, note for note, sound for sound, playing all the instruments, then emerged a year later and recorded Goodbye Jumbo. I love that story. And that album.
i really liked this song when it first came out way way way back when... now i can't stand it. strange how that works.

 drews wrote:
"you saw the whole of the moon"..hang on, is he singing about somebody he exposed his butt cheeks to?
 

Oh, hey, now THAT's original.  Read a few comments next time before sharing.
"you saw the whole of the moon"..hang on, is he singing about somebody he exposed his butt cheeks to?
LAME, like that horse we put down last week . . . .
vit wrote:
it almost had a 5 until that organ kicked in. *shudder*
... and it had a 2 until those horns kicked in.
it almost had a 5 until that organ kicked in. *shudder*
lewie221 wrote:
All that treble is kinda painful.
Read the lewics Lerye.
All that treble is kinda painful.
such a great song.
squidish wrote:
The whole of the :moon:
:clap: Ha Ha Ha, but I do like the song
Thought this song was from Novastar!?
Greeeeeaaaat song!!!! :bananapiano: :daisy:
Fantastic band! Fantastic song! One of those making you feel like after having double expresso...
YEAH!
If you want to hear a terrific remake of this song, check out Peter Mulvey's version on Rapture. There is a studio version and then a solo acoustic version that he recorded while playing in a Boston subway. Outstanding.
This is a very epic song.
I'm not sure what it is about the lyrics on this song - incredibly intense. The folks who are bashing this - sit and listen and think about what's being said. Quite amazing.
this song reminds me of a specific summer of my life, of a specific friend, and a really really nice time. Its so godo to hear it
The whole of the :moon:
I *LOVE* this song!
the song gets good at the end but it still doesnt rank high
thewiseking wrote:
good song, but a tad overwrought/overproduced. would be better without the whining horns.
I think most "pop/rock" music is better without horns.
radiozep wrote:
Many better Moons to be heard: Pink ****, Dark Side of the ****, Man on the ****, Blue ****, Bad **** Rising, Walking on the ****, **** Dance... This is awful.
Keith ****...
mgm wrote:
Jennifer Warnes took this one and Ran with it. If the Waterboys, I'd rather a / the live version, than this rendition, which feels Tedious to me. Thanks!
I wouldn't mind giving that a try. This sounds like a good song but this version isn't easy on the ears(except for the Sound&Vision tribute part)
radiozep wrote:
Many better Moons to be heard: Pink ****, Dark Side of the ****, Man on the ****, Blue ****, Bad **** Rising, Walking on the ****, **** Dance... This is awful.
Also some worse moons to be heard: Mad Man ****, New **** on Monday...
meghan89 wrote:
sounds like something they'd play during the credits of a feel good after school special movie
Yeah this does have that feel. Speaking of after school specials, ever watched their corrupted relative "Strangers With Candy"? The series, not the recent movie. It's so wrong and consequently, so beautiful.
good song, but a tad overwrought/overproduced. would be better without the whining horns.
Love to hear "Church Not Made With Hands"...
Always loved the Waterboys! Great song. :bounce:
wonderful song. Prototyical waterboys lyrics, music and singing.
Jennifer Warnes took this one and Ran with it. If the Waterboys, I'd rather a / the live version, than this rendition, which feels Tedious to me. Thanks!
Many better Moons to be heard: Pink ****, Dark Side of the ****, Man on the ****, Blue ****, Bad **** Rising, Walking on the ****, **** Dance... This is awful.
Wow. I have lost a little respect for James now. Thought this was them for a moment, but no! Much earlier than that, and somewhat better. Nice one.
HalifaxAl wrote:
It was likely the Jennifer Warnes cover.
Thankyouverymuch
It was likely the Jennifer Warnes cover.
I was in a store yesterday and there was a cover of this song by a woman. I couldn't tell who it was. Anyone have any info?
i just can't get into saxaphone. reminds me too much of 80's sitcoms and michael bolton.
sarah_mae wrote:
Loving the lyrics and the concepts in this song. Such a human feeling to think that someone else has lived life more intensely. Too bad about the music, tho!
Too bad about the music? What's wrong with you??
:ass:
Loving the lyrics and the concepts in this song. Such a human feeling to think that someone else has lived life more intensely. Too bad about the music, tho!
Pogues! Waterboys! YAYYYY! I love this stuff
AndyC wrote:
Dude, Molly Ringwald is most definitely *not* :puke: more like :hearteyes:
you're talkin bout the chick with the overbite, right? :eyes: :eek:
There are better Waterboys songs, why not play them instead. Skip this one.
ethajn wrote:
5 annoying songs in a row...I'm on the edge of turning RP off...what has happened to the world? If this is their idea of an April Fools' Day gag, it's not working.
See ya!
5 annoying songs in a row...I'm on the edge of turning RP off...what has happened to the world? If this is their idea of an April Fools' Day gag, it's not working.
Marvelous!
Ahh...just caught the last of it. Reminds me of Alpine Pizza in Flagstaff, circa 1985.
Nice song....just nice though
First Ave. (Minneapolis - Prince fame) back in the mid to late 80's. Big horn section... and this was just an amazing song done live....
yeahh ... cool song!!
Mari wrote:
...( still lovin' it on 18/01/06 )... :daisy: ...
Again on 16/02/06
MickMan wrote:
This version Blows???? Take off you hoser. :butt:
Really... listen to Jennifer Warnes version....tell us what you think (without being rude, please). It's much better.
ankhara99 wrote:
:bounce: :bounce: Love this song!
Wanna dance?! :bounce: :bounce:
sounds like something they'd play during the credits of a feel good after school special movie
Good choice! I love this song
Wonderful, lovely!
Yayyyy! This song gives me HUGE chills. Love it love it.
These guys have enough songs for a "best of" CD?
Pogues to The Waterboys but still no Saw Doctors on RP. Sigh.
Ghenghis_John wrote:
I absolutely love this song. A "9" for sure.
Likewise. However, a steady diet of the Waterboys reveals a tendency to be lyrically formulaic. They do 'pairs' in their verses a lot. However, this is such a classic (for me anyway).
jadewahoo wrote:
Waterboys... I can't get too much of them. Whole of the Moon is so poetically expressive. More.
I"ll second that! :clap:
Waterboys... I can't get too much of them. Whole of the Moon is so poetically expressive. More.
The sentiments for me make up for the offbeat sound of the vocals. Judging by some of the comments below, some people aren't seeing any of the moon at all...
Feel the energy. Thanks Bill! :sunny:
CanuckBeaker wrote:
This version blows. Jennifer Warnes has a great take on this tune on her disk The Hunter.
I would hate to be inside your head... ;)
bmo wrote:
beautiful tune
What he said...
beautiful tune
This is why I generally hate most eighties music... whiney voices, shallow minimalistic synthesizer drums and piano... wooh! :frustrated:
Gosh, haven't heard this for donkey's ears!!! Trust RP to remind us of times long gone.... Thanks for that!
CanuckBeaker wrote:
This version blows. Jennifer Warnes has a great take on this tune on her disk The Hunter.
THIS version? Huh? I thought this was a Waterboys original? I just don't get it when people like the cover better than as performed by the folks that crafted the song...
beelzebubba wrote:
Where's Molly Ringold? Where's Anthony Michael Hall? :puke:
Dude, Molly Ringwald is most definitely *not* :puke: more like :hearteyes:
:bounce: :bounce: Love this song!
Wooooooooo-hoooooooooooo!
I absolutely love this song. A "9" for sure.
CanuckBeaker wrote:
This version blows. Jennifer Warnes has a great take on this tune on her disk The Hunter.
This version Blows???? Take off you hoser. :butt:
This is one of my short-list goosebump songs. Must drive way too fast if you listen to it in the car!
Hmmmm... liked (and bought) the soundtrack to "Waking Ned Devine" but not that crazy about this Waterboys' effort...
Johray63 wrote:
Such a "bigger than life sound" only works when the song and performance is also great. This one is.
Indeed - in the hands of a less sincere band, or with weaker lyrics, this song might come off as over-indulgent or sacharine. But in this case, this whole album actually, everything works. "Bang the Drum," "Trumpets," "Be My Enemy," "Old England," and "This is the Sea" are also excellent tunes.
Darkmatter wrote:
I spoke about wings You just flew I wondered, I guessed, and I tried You just knew I sighed But you swooned I saw the crescent You saw the whole of the moon! The whole of the moon! ... Unicorns and cannonballs, Palaces and piers, Trumpets, towers, and tenemets, Wide oceans full of tears, Flag, rags, ferry boats, Scimitars and scarves, Every precious dream and vision Underneath the stars I just LOVE the imagery of the lyrics in this song! Larger than life! :hearteyes:
ditto :sunny:
Wow! The Pogues and then the Waterboys... I feel like I am 16 again!! :D
Where's Molly Ringold? Where's Anthony Michael Hall? :puke:
JCEntMan wrote:
I personally like the version Peter Mulvey does better than this one. The Mulvey cover has more of an urgent folk feel and less of that cheesy 80s feel.
Yes! I agree completely... I wish there was more Peter Mulvey on RP.
snurfer wrote:
Yes...if you think that is sucko barfo, than i think that you look like sucko barfo. Go away to listen to hip hop sucker....
Czlowieku, przeciez to syf.
not-a-fish wrote:
sucko barfo
Yes...if you think that is sucko barfo, than i think that you look like sucko barfo. Go away to listen to hip hop sucker....
Is it just me, or do the vocals sound very David Bowie-esque there at the end?
I spoke about wings You just flew I wondered, I guessed, and I tried You just knew I sighed But you swooned I saw the crescent You saw the whole of the moon! The whole of the moon! ... Unicorns and cannonballs, Palaces and piers, Trumpets, towers, and tenemets, Wide oceans full of tears, Flag, rags, ferry boats, Scimitars and scarves, Every precious dream and vision Underneath the stars I just LOVE the imagery of the lyrics in this song! Larger than life! :hearteyes:
I personally like the version Peter Mulvey does better than this one. The Mulvey cover has more of an urgent folk feel and less of that cheesy 80s feel. For more Peter Mulvey info head here.
Originally I quite liked this tune but after hearing it 87 times here on RP it's starting to get old.
Such a "bigger than life sound" only works when the song and performance is also great. This one is.
beardp wrote:
there is nothing quite like seeing the full moon just above the northern horizon in the middle of your four hours of daylight to make you appreciate the subtleties of planetary mechanics
I'd really like to see that.
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there is nothing quite like seeing the full moon just above the northern horizon in the middle of your four hours of daylight to make you appreciate the subtleties of planetary mechanics
It's great to hear The Waterboys on RP. They have such an honest sound.