Waterboys, The - The Whole Of The Moon Lyrics




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 the moon

You were there at 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 truths
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
But you swooned
I saw the crescent
You saw the whole of the moon
The whole of the moon

With a torch in your pocket
And the wind at your heels
You climbed on the ladder
And you know how it feels
To get too high
Too far
Too soon
You saw the whole of the moon
The whole of the moon

Unicorns and cannonballs
Palaces and piers
Trumpets, towers, and tenements
Wide oceans full of tears
Flags, rags, ferry boats
Scimitars and scarves
Every precious dream and vision
Underneath the stars

Yes, you climbed on the ladder
With the wind in your sails
You came like a comet
Blazing your trail
Too high
Too far
Too soon
You saw the whole of the moon





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  1. Cristián Oviedo

    ¡Qué temazo! (What a hit!)

  2. Jane Smith

    50s to early 60s and 80s to 90s had the best music. I missed this in my childhood but Let It Snow introduced me to it. I had to immediately find the original song. ❤️

  3. Francisco Duarte

    Bela música bons tempos.

  4. Ad Hc

    I can't believe I never heard this song before.

  5. TheGimp Stick

    I got married this day last week. This was our first dance! Never gets old!

  6. Dirk Ross

    Great video and Max Edie looks gorgeous in this 💕

    Dirk Ross

    She’s kinda rockin’ an Edie Sedgwick look here. Coincidence?

  7. Elijah Scott

    Michael Scott PLEASE COME TO THE STATES, AND SPECIFICALLY, THE PACIFIC NORTH WEST! I NEED TO SEE YOU BEFORE I DIE! :-(

  8. Elijah Scott

    Words can't do this song justice. In my humble opinion, this is not a song, this is poetry put to the most amazing music! Bob Dylan, I love you, but EAT YOUR HEART OUT! :-)

  9. Peter van Werven

    At the and of the song It is like I hear the voice of David Bowie is that possible?

  10. Lisa Warburton

    Love this song X classic

  11. Tim Horgan

    This is no one hit wonder of a band. They have been around for many years. Suggest you give this album “Fisherman's Blues” from 1988 a listen. I’ve been a fan for over 30 years, saw them in concert at the Orpheum in Boston in 1989. From the first song the audience were on their feet and dancing, an amazingly wonderful experience.

    Stillin Fear

    Great concert at the old Orpheum! I loved that place!!

  12. Stephen Courts

    I too fell for this song after the end of THE AFFAIR. I love everything about the song. I looked up the definition of Brigadoon. Considering how young the bank was in 1985, I believe this song is a masterpiece.

  13. SeekerGoOn2013

    Lightning in a Bottle

  14. Jacqueline Wernett

    This song is amazing..this song is the beauty of God... The Universe and inhabitants.

  15. Dean Johannes Reynolds

    Anyone know why this version is different to the album version? This is vastly superior IMO and it's the first time I've found it in great quality.

  16. Siguiendo la luna

    Uhh !! It reminds me of summer evenings with trees and I waiting for that music to play on the radio ...

  17. Dewan McElhaney

    I was in the 10th grade. Take me back man. Take me fucking back!

  18. pam0626

    The Affair, series finale. Such a beautiful song!

  19. Paul marsh

    This song and the '80s are quantumly entangled

  20. Cak Redi

    I'll always love how the other instruments come out one by one until the epic climax.

  21. DiSTRACTiON channel

    SONiC....still !❤️

  22. Michael Spruill

    It's a perfect song, not a single note needs to be changed.

  23. dpe4

    love it. brought by fiona apple cover

  24. lnMemory of JohnMordaunt

    Every arsehole and his dog is listening to this, thanks to Jamie Boyle bringing our mate Lee Duffy into the light 😁

  25. Ross Johnson

    I spoke to Mike Scott via Twitter. Asked him if it really took him 15 minutes to write this song (as per Wikipedia) to which he replied 'no, it took months' - not suprising. Unbelievable song.

    Peter Tompkins

    Ross Johnson Jets an amazing song. Brings tears to my eyes when I hear it. A friend of mine introduced me to it ten years ago. It’s a song that’s reminds me of he and I and how we were as people . He died a few years after I first heard the song. Breaks me up when I hear it now.

  26. Murray Watson

    A smashing tune. It's my 23rd favourite 1980s song.

  27. Jaz Giani

    TV show 'The affair' brought me here

  28. Tyrone Cox

    GOD brought me here

  29. Geemonster

    This track is simply brilliant and the very first track i remember hearing from them

  30. MIRIAM ÁLVAREZ

    Escuchando en enero 202o!

  31. Neil Sinclair

    This is the first I have heard this song...Waterboys ! I have never heard of them...but it now is on the top of my favorite songs✌️

  32. Frank Murphy

    Absolute classic back in 80's and even today 2020. Just saw U2 "Joshua Tree Tour" in Australia and they open every show before coming on with it...

  33. Doc Gonzales

    Live vocals and live violin, live trumpet and sax, anything else? Great performance

  34. B Christy

    I love this! I first heard it on the Showtime show The Affair. I was instantly obsessed with it & now it’s one of my favorite songs ever.

  35. Sigve Kjønnøy

    Don't know why I hadn't heard of this band before. Fisherman's blues were in one of the episodes of Ray Donovan and now I think I've heard most of their songs, liked them all so far.


    Love the variety in the instruments and songs, they all sound unique.

    Tim Knight

    All that matters is that you have now.

    Welcome and deep peace to you

  36. Rafa

    Let it snow brought me here. Such a great song!

  37. Andy Dan

    Play this loud sorry mum

  38. Colby B

    Great song! Thanks tons for sharing!

  39. Higaide 2 0

    One of the most beautiful songs ever written!

  40. elioqh

    i’m here because my physics teacher told me to check it out

  41. Toby Bartlett

    Wally! You, know what this song meant to Lisa and Me! Bless You My Friend! Your Never Forgot! 💯❤️👊

  42. Michael Bragg

    This song was sung in an episode of an Irish show in the 90’s called Father Ted

  43. THAT THEN THERE

    After all those years I still love this song so very much. 
    Check their perfect Bowie tribute @4:20..

    Doc Gonzales

    THAT THEN THERE thats the great Karl Wallanger of World Party fame, in retrospect his work on this Waterboys song cant be understated, that pop polish, the bassline and the vocal backing arrangings , the synth key stabs, are all his.

  44. Piquarius

    Prince's version brought me here. I see why he liked it.👍

  45. Claudio francisco Santos

    The Very good song

  46. Cricket Field End

    Check the lads out singing this song in the pub - just search “lads singing whole of the moon in pub” AMAZING!!

  47. Jackson Irving

    Always makes me cry.

  48. Thewatcheronthewall

    2020 still love it.

  49. Jennifer Joy

    Beautiful

  50. Mayank Sharma

    Still the best version

  51. cuico2008

    Incredibly beautiful!!

  52. Mike Greene

    Heard this on Sirius radio this morning. Hadn't heard it in years

  53. rhyswales79

    The Affair brought me here and I can’t get this song out of my head since

  54. denton1972

    It is joy, hope, redemption and self-reflection all in one... What a song.

    Judy DeAngelis

    I agree. The lyrics are incredibly.

  55. Helen Logan

    Takes me back to the first cool bar I used to go. I walked in and this was playing. Brilliant

  56. Dangerous Dennis

    Love you Donna, RIP you wonderful angel......

  57. IOnut ALXandru

    NOAH F***NG SOLLOWAY

  58. Micke Neuvy

    Thanks to Dublin's Q102, i now know this terrific song...

  59. betty cogswell

    Love this song and band. Whatever became of them? I remember hearing this for the first time in the 80's...

    actfray

    They're still very active and released a new album this year called "Where the Action Is."

  60. Janet T

    The Affair!

    A. W.

    🥰🥰🥰👍

  61. Talit Aslam

    Just a another classical song, so good feel factor..
    Love this song,, thank you Moon........

  62. Michael

    #TheAffair

  63. nolasownuptown

    The affair bought me here ... beautiful meaning song!.. thank you

  64. elaine mackie

    One of the best songs ever made. Never dates 🥰❤️

  65. Guy Pierson

    Christmas 2019 and the explosion sound still catches me unawares :D

    betty cogswell

    Here Dec 19th...Merry Christmas..

  66. Nilton Borges

    The Maz!

  67. mark neville

    This song is just brilliantly
    done.
    The words make this song
    One of the 1980s best ever.
    Love it.

    Jacqueline Wernett

    Amen...

    bruce walter

    May be the best of song of the 1980's !!!

    Shelley Galliah

    @bruce walter I want to use this to teach metaphor, parallelism, contrast, example, and punctuation.
    It's pretty perfect.

  68. EverDreams

    here from Let it snow. Kinda basic movie but not that bad.

  69. David Anton Huba

    I have loved this song since I first heard it in 1980 (Written by Michael Scott and performed by the Waterboys) even Bob Dylan has said that a better song can’t be written. As much as I love this song it’s beauty and power always breaks my heart a little. A magnificent piece of music performed to perfection

    gertie moo

    I can't agree more, I adore this song, this performance, but the feeling is so much more than nostalgia. It's like the greatest joy, mixed with the most profound loss. As you say beaks my heart, just a little bit.

    gertie moo

    But also, Mike Scott.... excuse me while I melt.

    David Anton Huba

    gertie moo I agree with you also (although Mike probably melts you in a different way than he does me😉) I do want to mention Karl Wallinger aka World Party (always worth checking out) playing keyboards.

    Doc Gonzales

    Mike didnt write it till 1985

    David Anton Huba

    Doc Gonzales I stand corrected. 1985 it is

  70. Maria Elaine Simpson

    The movie 'Let It Snow' brought me here... I love this awesome tune! ❤❤❤

  71. Fatima rh

    Quien viene por noches blancas? 🥴😻

  72. inconceivabledark

    What happened to these guys?

  73. Johan Berggren

    A true f-ing classic

  74. Amliw Reano

    This song, the band said is for those who can resonate with it. Cheers to us! 🔥♥🌛🌝🌚

  75. Wayne Schill

    Brings back memories of the UK love it 😍🇨🇦

  76. Benjamin Abanono

    I love,classic songs like this.

  77. Simon Sandbrook

    YOU..SEE..THE..WHOLE..OF..THE..MOON love it..

  78. Brian Summer's

    Great song

  79. YouTube Fan Bin ich

    I love this Video

  80. bajangbiru

    Who's here after hear this playing at U2's concert?

    Guy Pierson

    Not me. Good, was it?

    bajangbiru

    @Guy Pierson absolutely.

    mihir bathia

    Joshua Tree Tour Mumbai 2019

  81. Siouxsie X

    U2! But this guys hair is amazing

  82. 前橋みき

    Why isn’t a dvd 📀 of all their videos available-desperately needed! I was there when this was first released! Classic- great lyrics

  83. UpstateNYDude

    This is music, folks and when lyrics actually mattered.

    Fiona

    They still do, but it's more rare these days

    latent fuss

    @Fiona I don't think it's more rare that lyrics are meaningful; I think people have forgotten meaningless lyrics from the 80s by now

    Brooklyn3955

    The lyrics here are pure poetry.

    Chemical Angel

    And didnt have 30 writers just to repeat ooooh baby 50 times

    Jane Smith

    Marina Diamandis still makes good lyrics but other than that yeah... Hard to find new bands. The ones on top are trash. "Shake my booty blah blah"!

    Remember when The Black Eyed Peas did Where Is The Love? Incredible lyrics. They devolved to "my humps my humps my lovely lady lumps". Wtf? Now it's all about insane dumb lyrics and swimsuit wearing twerkjerks.

  84. W Md

    Had me in tears...such an anthem

  85. chucktfp

    Only discovered this after watching U2 in Singapore. Great song!

    Siouxsie X

    Saw them in NZ! The moon was full!! Hope you had a great time

    Evelyn Ng

    Same too and it was a great show!

  86. wisnu haryo yudhanto

    I'm here because of U2 Joshua Tree Tour 2019

    wisnu haryo yudhanto

    @suyatno budijanto mantaaap

    Siouxsie X

    Beem in my head since

  87. Sony Djuana

    Just listened this from the U2 concert, one of the reason why 80's was the best decade I've been.

    Sourav Sen

    This is true for a lot of us..have been listening it for the past 2 days..Thanks U2..what a concert from The Greatest Band since Led Zep..Rock will live on..Cheers

    mihir bathia

    Joshua Tree Mumbai 15th December 2019

    h0lytoxic

    SAMEEE LMFAO

    Frank Murphy

    Yep...I went to U2 here in Australia 2019 and heard it again...Why the hell were they not as big commercially as U2. Such a brilliant songwriter.

    スカイーハイ

    exactly everyone else, I've got to my head U2 saitama Japan.
    great song.

  88. Mark S

    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 the moon

    Hmm, 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
    But you swooned, I saw the crescent
    You saw the whole of the moon
    The whole of the moon

    with a torch in your pocket and the wind at your heels
    You climbed on the ladder and you know how it feels to get too high
    Too far
    Too soon
    You saw the whole of the moon
    The whole of the moon, hey yeah!

    Unicorns and cannonballs, palaces and piers
    Trumpets, towers and tenements
    Wide oceans full of tears
    Flags, rags ferryboats
    Scimitars and scarves
    Every precious dream and vision
    Underneath the stars, yes, you climbed on the ladder
    With the wind in your sails
    You came like a comet
    Blazing your trail too high
    Too far
    Too soon
    You saw the whole of the moon 🌕

    B Christy

    Americans need to know that “torch” means flashlight in the UK, not actual fire.

  89. M DeLuco

    Amazing band

  90. mikrowelle

    Ein richtig guter Song. Love this

  91. 1sweetwhirl

    Love this song so much♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

  92. Stella C

    Love this even more after season 5 of The Affair 😍

    Andra Febrianti

    Love the mob flash at the finale "The Affair", and I heard it at U2 concert in SG. Love it even more.

    nolasownuptown

    Stella C yes

    Elke Romer

    Ditto! I haven’t been able to get this song out of my mind, LOL

    actfray

    That series finale was one of the best finales I've ever seen. Joy, sadness, and a look ahead. Good luck, Noah. I hope you finally conquered your demons.

  93. Karin Neff

    Den Song hatte ich vergessen und dann kam die Flash Mob-Dance Szene in Final Affaire (oder so ähnlich). Dabei ist das wirklich ein Song, der sich aus der Masse heraushebt. Never forget anymore.

    ARealPartOfMe

    Karin Neff
    IMHO ‘The Affair’ is one of the greatest series in recent years - I love everything about it and ofc the music ‚nailed it‘ as well ;)
    Can’t believe either that I’ve forgotten that song (and the Band at all) all those years - maybe bc it was released almost 35 years ago - I don’t know, but I’m glad it’s back in my head now 🖤

    Anthony Jones

    @ARealPartOfMe It was on the Fisherman Blues album, released in about 1985 if I remember correctly (might have been '84, the mid-eighties are abit hazy now ;-D )

  94. platadeluna

    Málaga 1990

  95. Jakes Pretorius

    Great song!!!

  96. Diz Dar

    Super song and vois

  97. Daniel DuPont

    Finally! A decent copy of this video!!

  98. Nicola Parsons

    🎵💙🎵💙