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Song Released: 1985

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I pictured a rainbow
You held it in your hands
I had flashes
But 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...


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    Sep 20th, 9:31pm report

    For me ...me going to my mum and not realising after she had gone her knowledge...for the last verse...too soon.


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    Mar 19th, 2019 3:52pm report

    Am going with the bipolar disorder theory myself but it is open to many interpretations and lots of different meanings to everyone who listens to this wonderful song was ahead of it’s time in my opinion and yet still so relevant today brilliant lyrics brilliant song ...whole of the moon yeh baby ...


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    May 30th, 2018 5:09am report

    I always thought it was about drugs. The one who stays in his room and sees things (acid) in the end they have burnt out too high too far too soon hinting at death, this was happening to a lot of young people at the time it was written.


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    Sep 10th, 2017 9:46pm report

    It has meant Emily Dickinson to me. She created incredible poetry, yet rarely left her house. He wandered around the world, yet she just stayed in her room. She sees these incredible visions and he fills his life running around looking for them.


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    Aug 29th, 2017 8:24am report

    Not only the self criticism but negative comparison with others. Not satisfied with praising others it balances the self perceived low achievement against the considerably greater success of another person. It is admiring of them by comparing one's own lesser achievements. So is it about self or some one else? It is self.


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    Oct 17th, 2016 10:27pm report

    My perception is that some folks journey is within. While others explore seeking to find answers, adventure and self. In the end they discover that the answers are with you all the time.


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    Oct 4th, 2014 10:02am report

    I think these are some of the greatest song lyrics, as how they compare ordinary thought with visionary excellence. On another level it could be the ordinary with excellence in anything, sport, parenting, living life. The song is supposed to be referring to Prince.


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    May 22nd, 2014 5:17am report

    The Waterboys are clearly trying to portray to their friends and family that they no longer want to be singers- they want to be astronauts and see the whole of the moon. this relates to the story "on the Jellicoe road"


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    Feb 8th, 2014 2:27pm report

    the whole of the moon, is one of my favourite songs, which has a profound meaning to me.

    I think the song is about bi-polar (manic depression)

    its about perception, like when it goes I saw the rain dirty valley, and you saw brigadune. its the manic phase you see more than is there. one lyric is. I was out in the world for years and you just stayed in your room, is depression. in mania you see things that aren't there, which are often euphoric. the biggest seller for me is the lyric,. you know how it feels to get to high, to far, to soon.

    I have bi-polar myself, and the song is how I feel when manic.

    the song also is heavily about perceptions, as most people see different things. it is just my interpretation.

    it is lyricly immense.


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    Dec 25th, 2013 12:01am report

    I always thought it was about the comparison of two friends, one who saw the big picture of life and seemed to have attained great wisdom and insight, whilst actually doing nothing with their own life. While the other is desperate the for same wisdom and insight and tries to fulfill it by doing and seeing as much as they can, but no matter how hard they try, they still can't seem to see the big the picture.


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    Oct 2nd, 2012 10:36pm report

    Every one knows someone who is in the song whatever you see or do they have done it .you have a black dog he has a blacker one .you fart he shits himself .


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    Mar 18th, 2012 3:21pm report

    Proust and poetry..he saw it all from his bed.


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    Jun 8th, 2011 6:02am report

    I always thought this song was about a person seeing the deep secrets and truths of reality that are obscure and unattainable to others. Like a mystic who has penetrated the veils and 'seen Brigadoon'while other mere mortals toil on in ignorance at 'the foothills'. The line that says 'I travelled the world- you just stayed in your room' is telling as it suggests that the real journey lies within. There are many mystical references throughout the song and I know Mike Scott is heavily influences by spirituality and would be be well versed in mystical writings. There are many symbolic and mystical references throughout the song with some fanciful fairy tale and mythical allusions as well. I read an article where Mike Scott said that the song was about admiring from a far a great musical genius like Jimi Hendrix whom he could never hope to emulate and could only stand in awe of. But I still prefer to think it has deeper ramifications.


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    May 15th, 2011 5:26pm report

    I think it's possibly about a man singing about his friend, both addicted to a drug, however his friend going to far and dying?
    just a thought.

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