Campbell, Glen - The Moon's A Harsh Mistress Lyrics

See her how she flies
Golden sails across the sky
Close enough to touch
But careful if you try
Though she looks as warm as gold
The moon's a harsh mistress
The moon can be so cold

Once the sun did shine
Lord, it felt so fine
The moon a phantom rose
Through the mountains and the pines
And then the darkness fell
And the moon's a harsh mistress
It's so hard to love her well

I fell out of her eyes
I fell out of her heart
I fell down on my face
Yes, I did, and I - I tripped and I missed my star
God, I fell and I fell alone, I fell alone
And the moon's a harsh mistress
And the sky is made of stone

The moon's a harsh mistress
She's hard to call your own.

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  1. Duco Ducivec

    This is one of the most beautiful songs for my soul. I don't have to miss anyone, just the sun sets, I go down the street, I have headphones in my ears, listen to Glen Campbell's love songs, and I love the whole world. Thank you from little Slovakia.

  2. dougroebuck

    Never heard this until after he died! I think it’s one of his best!

    Glen Campbell Forever

    It's a Jimmy Webb song. Magic...

  3. Erin Moran

    masterful. there is simply none better than jimmy and glen

    Glen Campbell Forever

    I agree completely.

  4. Doug Brandt

    Wonderful version of another great song by Jimmy Webb. Radka Toneff's version is beautiful, by the way.

  5. Nealix D.

    Love this guy and miss him a lot.

  6. Uibeltje Snuibeltje

    Heard this sing for the first time by the Walker Brothers. But I like Glen’s versiin better. Beautiful arrangement

  7. Wherethe2riversmeet

    I am a fan of hard rock and metal, but this song and the story of Glenn gets me worked up every time I watch it.

    Glen Campbell Forever

    Jimmy Webb wrote this song. Glen and Jimmy together make such great music.

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  9. Squee Dow

    This simply cannot be improved upon. A perfect 10. The voice, the song, the man (still stunning at 65). I rediscovered Glen after his passing last year, and doing so has given me hours of enjoyment. Sure wish I'd seen him in person, especially in his heyday.

  10. Jeff Slinkard

    Becoming one of my all time favorite songs.

  11. aniello sessa

    the best

    Glen Campbell Forever

    I agree... a beautifully written song by Jimmy Webb and beautifully sung by Glen.

  12. Stefan von P

    fantastic tune. i miss glen. RIP.

  13. whp61

    You and your music live on in YouTube thank god. RIP Glen.

  14. Greg T

    I've listened to many deliveries of this song by other well-known artists.  I think Glen comes as close to finding the pain in this song as anyone. A great performance.

  15. Dana Hess

    Goosebumps. Thanks for the memories, Glen.

  16. Susie Moore

    I've never heard this song before. It might be one of the most beautiful I've ever heard. Even more heart wrenching now that Glen is gone. Truly one of the greats, and he'll be so missed.

    Glen Campbell Forever

    Once again a Campbell/Webb collaboration results in musical magic.

    David Schecter

    Susie -- get the album "Reunion" with Glen singing Jimmy's songs, including this one. It's one of the all-time great albums in any genre. An absolute classic from 1974. Or else get "Reunited," which is even better because it has the complete "Reunion" album plus another 14 Webb songs sung by Campbell. An absolute treasure. Up there with "Sergeant Pepper" and "Pet Sounds" and other landmark albums, although entirely different. Pure perfection.

    Nealix D.

    Susie Moore well said.

  17. Music4allofU

    I love this recording. Incredible track and one of the greats, RIP Glen.We have the music Thank You

  18. RJ Dunkeld



    what a voice

    James Cassidy

    Best rendition of this song..RIPGlen

  20. Shaun Mcelheron

    Good luck Glenn. Magical song by Jimmy Webb and u sell it so well. My favourite song of all time. Thank you

    Glen Campbell Forever

    Campbell and Webb... What a great collaborative team.

  21. Andy Trullinger

    Maybe if we all pray.

  22. Andy Trullinger

    If there's a more beautiful song I'd love someone to tell me. This is beyond good. Glen Campbell is a God among men.

  23. Andy Trullinger

    My heart is breaking. Has been for years. God bless Glen Campbell. God bless Jimmy Webb. Once the sun did shine...good Lord, it felt so fine.

  24. Glen Campbell Forever

    Another older version by Glen back in the early 70's...

    Andy Trullinger

    Good Lord. You have blown my mind. I love you. Cheers.

  25. Paul Lyons

    Found this song whilst watching the heartbreaking documentary about him , and I'm always amazed when I find such a great song that's been around for years.

  26. LanieB95

    Absolutely wonderful!

    Glen Campbell Forever

    Once again, I agree. This was a new song for me and Glen's rendition of it is indeed "absolutely wonderful."

  27. melissa Arrington


    Glen Campbell Forever

    I agree.


    great song

    Glen Campbell Forever

    I agree.