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Songs About or Inspired By The Moon

The Moon has inspired mankind from the beginning of our existence. Although the word “moon” can represent any natural satellite that orbits a planet, when we talk about “The Moon” we are speaking of the only Earth orbiting celestial body, sometimes called “Luna”. The Moon is about 384,500 kilometers (238,930 miles) from the Earth and has a diameter of 3,476 kilometres (2,160 miles).

Moon

It has a synchronous rotation with Earth, which means that one side of the Moon (the “near side”) is permanently turned towards Earth. The other side is of course, “The Dark Side of The Moon”. I think we’re all familiar with the album of the same name by Pink Floyd, which also has the distinciton of being the album that has spent the most time on the Billboard charts. It has been on the “The Billboard 200” chart for over 25 years and it continues to sell about 8000 copies every week! The power of the moon is a mysterious power indeed.

The fascination with the Moon started long before Pink Floyd. It has been the inspiration for poetry, paintings, songs and even whole religions over the history of man. Every human that’s ever lived has looked upon the moon and pondered it, as well as our own existence. Many believe that a 5,000 year old rock carving found at Knowth, Ireland represents the Moon, in which case, it is the earliest depiction yet discovered. Most certainly, songs were sung even then about this mysterious object in the sky.

Some ancient lunar dieties include Selene, Phobe, Artemis, Luna, Diana, Nana, Thoth, Tsuki-yomi and Tecciztecati. There is much folklore associated with the Moon including that it’s responsible for insanity. Thus the words “lunatic” or “loony”.

Even today, after we have walked on the Moon and know exactly what it is, it continues to be and always will be, a great inspiration to songwriters across the world.

The following playlist contains great songs inspired by the Moon:

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1. Kiko And The Lavender Moon – Los Lobos
2. Moondance – Van Morrison
3. Whole Of The Moon – The Waterboys
4. Moonshadow – Cat Stevens
5. Blue Moon – Frank Sinatra
6. Moon Over Bourbon Street – Sting
7. Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
8. Harvest Moon – Neil Young
9. New Moon On Monday – Duran Duran
10. Walking On The Moon – The Police
11. Pink Moon – Nick Drake

12. Yellow Moon – The Neville Brothers
13. Moon – Rusted Root
14. Mr. Moonlight – Clinic
15. Sisters Of The Moon – Fleetwood Mac
16. There’s A Moon In The Sky (Called The Moon) – The B-52’s
17. Moon River – Louis Armstrong
18. Bark At The Moon – Ozzy Osbourne
19. Moon Rise Blues – Lightnin’ Hopkins
20. Moon On My Shoulder – Lyle Lovett
21. Red Moon – David Gray
22. Cajun Moon – Ricky Skaggs
23. Havana Moon – Santana
24. Spidery Moon – The Minus 5
25. Climbing To The Moon – Eels
26. Bike Ride To The Moon – The Dukes of Stratosphear
27. Drunk on the Moon – Tom Waits
28. Eclipse – Pink Floyd

Please add missing Moon songs to the comments.

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  • HW Saxton

    There are soooooooo many songs about the
    moon and/or that use it in song titles.
    Here’s a few more to add to the list:

    Link Wray -Other Side Of The Moon
    C.C.R. – Bad Moon Rising
    Joe Simon – Moonwalk
    Bobby Womack – Fly Me To The Moon
    Joe Ely – Cornbread Moon
    Elton John – Bad Side Of The Moon
    Bo Diddley – Moonman
    The Capri’s – There’s A Moon Out Tonight

    That’s a few more anyway. I can think of
    many more but don’t see a need to keep
    listing them honestly.

  • Ken Boff

    Fly Me to the Moon – Tony Bennett

  • http://paperfrigate.blogspot.com DrPat

    Moon Over Miami – Eddy Duchin. (Duchin also wrote “I Cover the Waterfront,” used so effectively in the movie Joe Versus the Volcano.

  • http://www.morethings.com/senate Al Barger

    You missed perhaps the most obvious song about the moon, “Song About the Moon” by Paul Simon, from the criminally underappreciated Hearts and Bones album. It is advice for aspiring songwriters who find themselves stuck. Well, write a song about the moon.

    Also, “Moonlight Mile” by the Rolling Stones

  • http://paperfrigate.blogspot.com DrPat

    Oh, and Moonlight Becomes You – Jimmy Van Heusen. Bing Crosby performed this classic as his signature piece.

  • http://paperfrigate.blogspot.com DrPat

    Plus, Howling at the Moon – The Ramones.

  • HW Saxton

    ALSO:

    Hank Williams – Howling At The Moon

    Little Richard –
    By The Light Of The Silvery Moon

    Bill Monroe – Blue Moon Of Kentucky

    Leon Redbone – Shine On Harvest Moon

    Jonathan King –
    Everyone’s Gone To The Moon

    Howling Wolf – Coon On The Moon

  • http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com/ Eric Berlin

    Moonlight Drive – The Doors… great great tune

    Man on the Moon – REM

    Fly Me to the Moon was played at my wedding when I took my wife for a spin… nice song.

  • godoggo

    And let’s not forget that it can also be used as a verb.

  • HW Saxton

    Here are a couple more Moon songs that
    came to mind:
    Rolling Stones: Child Of The Moon
    Charlie Patton – Moon Going Down
    The Cramps – Rock On The Moon
    Dr Feelgood & The Interns – Mr Moonlight
    (This is where The Beatles got the tune)
    Jimi Hendrix Experience- And The Moon
    Pulls The Tides Gently,Gently Away
    NRBQ – RC Cola & A Moon Pie
    Jimmy Reed – The Moon Is Rising
    Dead Kennedys – Moon Over Marin
    Symarip – Skinhead Moonstomp
    Carl Perkins – Look At That Moon
    Les Paul & Mary Ford – How High The Moon
    Jimmie Rodgers – Mississippi Moon
    Television – Marquee Moon
    Martin Denny – Moon Over Mankoora
    Cramps – Blue Moon Baby
    Moon Mullican – Moon’s Rock

    That’s a few more for the lunar list.

  • Eric Olsen

    Goog God, people, have we really forsaken Starbuck’s “Moonlight Feels Right”?

  • Eric Olsen

    another great theme Robert, thanks!

  • http://spaces.msn.com/members/dorksandlosers Tan Hoang

    “Dancing In The Moonlight” by King Harvest… not Van Morrison

  • http://www.morethings.com/senate Al Barger

    “Moonlight on Vermont” by Captain Beefheart. That should break up your Van Morrison romantic revelry.

  • Eric Olsen

    Van is “Moondance” – King Harvest is “Dancing In the Moonlight”

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    How about a bit of the old Ludwig Van?
    Sonata, Op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight”

    Who Killed Mr. Moonlight – Bauhaus
    Holiday on the Moon – Love and Rockets
    Earth, Sun, Moon – Love and Rockets

    That concludes my David J.-related songs.

    Black Moon Creeping – The Black Crowes
    Bowie – Moonage Dream
    Porno for Pyros – Under a Tahitian Moon

    Aargghhh!! brain…locked…power…routed…to…trivia…search…all…other…systems……..Daisy, daisy, give me your answer true/I’m half crazy————————————————————————————

  • HW Saxton

    There is also “Moonshine Sonata” by the
    group Black Oak Arkansas.

  • http://www.wallybangs.blogspot.com wallybangs

    Let me guess, the next list will be on songs about June, and then spoon. Am I right? :)

  • http://www.morethings.com/senate Al Barger

    Noting local showers today, we could start that next list with the Kinks’ classic “Rainy Day in June.”

  • http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com/ Eric Berlin

    “Earth & Sun & Moon” – Midnight Oil

    Great song.

  • JR

    Moon Crazy – Blue Oyster Cult
    Under a Violet Moon – Blackmore’s Night
    Shadow of the Moon – Blackmore’s Night
    Moonchild – Iron Maiden

    Some previously mentioned standards with their composers:

    Blue Moon – Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart
    Fly Me to the Moon – Bart Howard
    How High the Moon – Nancy Hamilton/William Lewis
    It’s Only a Paper Moon – Billy Rose/E.Y. Harburg/Harold Arlen
    Moon River – Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer
    Moonglow – Will Hudson/Eddie De Lange/Irving Mills
    Moonlight In Vermont – J. Blackburn/K. Seussdorf
    Old Devil Moon – Burton Lane/E.Y. Harburg
    Polka Dots and Moonbeams – Johnny Burke/Jimmy van Heusen

  • http://victorplenty.blogspot.com Victor Plenty

    I must second Al on “Song About the Moon” and indeed the entire album of Hearts and Bones. Some of Paul Simon’s most evocative poetic imagery is found therein.

    “If you want to write a song about the moon
    Walk along the craters in the afternoon
    When the shadows are deep and the light is alien
    And gravity leaps like a knife off the pavement . . .”

    In trying to find out whether I’d heard these lyrics correctly (because most of the Web’s “lyrics sites” seem to have them wrong), I found an interesting excerpt from an out-of-print book where Simon talks about his songwriting process, which I hope some of you might enjoy.

  • Duane

    As the Moon Speaks to the Waves of the Sea — Captain Beyond

    Lunar Sea — Camel

    Mad Man Moon — Genesis

  • Sasha

    Claire de Lune- Claude Debussy
    Song to the Moon from Rusalka- Antonin Dvorak
    Moonlight Sonata (Claro de Luna)- Beethoven

    Me and the Moon- Something Corporate
    The Killing Moon- Echo and the Bunnymen
    Honey and the Moon- Joseph Arthur

  • http://none.com Bob A. Booey

    How could you all forget the ultimate song about the moon (well sort-of)?

    Dean Martin – That’s Amore Lyrics

    (In Napoli where love is King)
    (When boy meets girl)
    (Here’s what they say)

    When the moon hits your eye
    Like a big-a pizza pie
    That’s amore
    When the world seems to shine
    Like you’ve had too much wine
    That’s amore

    Bells’ll ring
    Ting-a-ling-a-ling
    Ting-a-ling-a-ling
    And you’ll sing “Vita bella”
    Hearts’ll play
    Tippi-tippi-tay
    Tippi-tippi-tay
    Like a gay tarantella

    When the stars make you drool
    Joost-a like pasta fazool
    That’s amore
    When you dance down the street
    With a cloud at your feet, you’re in love
    When you walk in a dream
    But you know you’re not dreamin’, signore
    ‘Scusami, but you see
    Back in old Napoli, that’s amore

    (When the moon hits your eye)
    (Like a big-a pizza pie, that’s amore)

    That’s amore

    (When the world seems to shine
    (Like you’ve had too much wine, that’s amore)

    That’s amore

    (Bells will ring)
    (Ting-a-ling-a-ling)
    (ting-a-ling-a-ling)
    (And you’ll sing “Vita bella”)
    (Vita bell-vita bella)
    (Hearts will play)
    (Tippi-tippi-tay, tippi-tippi-tay)
    (Like a gay tarantella)

    Lucky fella

    When the stars make you drool just like pasta fazool
    That’s amore (that’s amore)
    When you dance down the street
    With a cloud at your feet, you’re in love
    When you walk in a dream
    But you know you’re not dreaming, signore
    ‘Scusami, but you see
    Back in old Napoli, that’s amore

    That is all.

  • Jana

    Once in a Very Blue Moon – Nanci Griffith
    Moonshadow – Cat Stevens
    Harvest Moon – Neil Young
    Moonlight Mile – Rolling Stones

  • Sal

    Help – there was a song in the early nineties the said something like “It’s like (putting) (or something like that) on the moon. A female sang it – WHAT was the name of that song?

  • http://gohah.blogspot.com GoHah

    Essential: “Marquee Moon” by Television–featuring a building-up crescendoing of fantastic and tensely scary guitar interplay between Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd (“I remember how the darkness doubled, I recall lightning struck itself/ I was listenin, listenin’ to the rain, I was hearin’, hearin’, something else/ . . . All this time with the Marquee Moon, but just waitin'”

    Also: not strictly about the moon, bt Tom Waits has a great line in “Bad Liver and A Broken Heart”: “No, the moon ain’t romantic, it’s intimidating as hell.”

  • GoHah

    (oops, sorry: Marquee Moon previously mentioned by HW Saxton)

  • moonchild

    hey wait . . . Moonchild was originally recorded by King Crimson . . .

  • http://moon larry

    my fave is moonlight sonata. beau beautiful piano solo moon

  • Brian Johnson

    There’s also:

    Desert Moon – Dennis DeYoung

  • Celeste

    HELP!!!
    Can anyone send me the lyrics of “Song to the Moon” from Rusalka? (Dvorak) It is without a doubt the most passionate and evocative of all moon songs! English version please!!!
    Cheers, Celeste

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=82077990&MyToken=3a39d2f6-e990-4cf6-82ff-ed74fad90f3e Bella Moon

    I can’t believe that you forgot…
    Shame On The Moon by Bob Segar

  • jacob

    What about Moonlight Shadow – Mike Oldfield

  • Joan

    “When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain” sung by Kate Smith

  • Shirley

    Moon Is Up – Rolling Stones

  • Aimee

    One of my favourite songs ever the Killing Moon – by Echo and the Bunnymen.

    Also: It’s only a paper moon – Ella fitzgerald

    Moondance is also annother favourite

  • Brenda

    Were these mentioned?

    Sail Along Silvery moon.
    On Moonlight Bay
    Blue Moon
    It’s Only a Paper Moon
    Everyone’s Gone to the Moon
    By the Light of The Silvery Moon
    Moon over Miami

  • Erin

    “Sister Moon” by Sting

  • Ssafs

    How about To The Moon And Back by Savage Garden?

  • kidkarma66

    Standing On The Moon-Grateful Dead
    “I’d rather be with you…”

  • janice

    Monkeys on the Moon – by the Sopwith Camel

  • http://rainyday raindrop22

    The Moon-Cat Power
    the most beautiful moon song ive heard

  • Jon Armond

    What about Sonata Arctica’s “Full Moon” or The Cult “Brother Wolf, Sister Moon”

  • aCE

    Joe Satriani – Big Bad Moon

  • Patrick Hoornaert

    carribean moon kevin ayers
    here comes the moon george harrison

  • Jan the Lazyman

    Bob Dylan – Moonlight Blues
    Havana Moon – Levon Helm
    Moonshiner – Uncle Tupelo (and many more)
    Moon Gone Down – The Gourds
    Midnight Moonlight – The Gourds
    Too Much Moonlight – Beaver Nelson
    Shine on Harvest moon – Laurel and Hardy
    Yellow Moon – Neville Brothers
    Raise the Moon – 357 String Band

  • Renae

    I Wish I was the Moon by Neko Case
    Pink Moon by Nick Drake
    Paper Moon by Whiskeytown
    New Blue Boon by Traveling Wilburys
    Mr. Moonlight by Clinic

  • karibird5

    Not a real well known one, but one of my favorites. “Everlasting Moon” by Jimmy Buffett.

  • Vichbo

    The Moon and I – Linda Lewis (after Gilbert & Sullivan)

    The Moon and I from ‘The Mikado’ by G&S

    Valentine Moon – Sam Brown

    Moonlightin’ – Leo Sayer

  • Holly

    The Moon’s a Harsh Mistress

  • Jynxed

    Fly me to the Moon

  • taxguypurdue

    Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog: I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon
    Paul Revere and the Raiders: Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon

  • Jen

    @karibird5 Yessss! Jimmy Buffett!

    Also someone mentioned REM “Man on the Moon” and The Doors “Moonlight Drive” which are also good ones.

    I’m getting married in October and sort of having a moon theme. Van Morrison’s “Moondance” will be the “theme” song. I got lots of other great moon songs from this thread! Thanks everyone!

  • Moon Child, San Jose, CA

    “Dancing in the Moonlight” by King Harvest(1973)
    “Moonlight Feels Right” by Starbuck(1976)
    “Man on the Moon” by R.E.M. (1992)

  • godevillivedog

    “Big O’l Moon” by Hoyt Axton

  • Joe

    HOw about “Old Devil Moon” by Burton Lane?

  • Charlie Pope

    Major Tom

  • remco d

    why doesn’t anyone mentioned The Police – Walking on the Moon?