There's a moon over bourbon street tonight
I see faces as they pass beneath the pale lamplight
I've no choice but to follow that call
The bright lights the people and the moon and all
I pray everyday to be strong
For I know what I do must be wrong
Oh you'll never see my shade or hear the sound of my feet
While there's a moon over bourbon street

It was many years ago that I became what I am
I was trapped in this life like an innocent lamb
Now I can never show my face at noon
And you'll only see me walking by the light of the moon
The brim of my hat hides the eye of a beast
I've the face of a sinner but the hands of a priest
Oh you'll never see my shade or hear the sound of my feet
While there's a moon over bourbon street

She walks everyday through the streets of New Orleans
She's innocent and young from a family of means
I have stood many times outside her window at night
To struggle with my instinct in the pale moonlight
How could I be this way when I pray to god above
I must love what I destroy and destroy the thing I love
Oh you'll never see my shade or hear the sound of my feet
While there's a moon over bourbon street



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"Moon Over Bourbon Street" as written by Gordon Matthew Sumner

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    General Comment:I love this song!!!!
    Georgeon May 29, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:I heard that this song was inspired by "Interview with the vampire"... and is sung from louis' point of view.
    j_nefariouson June 17, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:That's right. I heard this song for the first time in 1986. I was 15 then and had never heard of Anne Rice. It took me several years to figure out what Sting was talking about. But because the song intrigued me, I kept listening to it. Then when I discovered the Vampire Chronicles, it hit me like a ton of bricks! I admire Sting so much. He can fashion a song out of almost anything. No one else writes with the same intelligence and emotion as Sting. Peace
    Rogue1on July 06, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:So it is what I thought, then. A vampire-song, that is. This song always gets me in a vampire-like mood...
    Silmëon July 26, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:Funny, this always struck me as a were-wolf sort of thing, what with the moon and all. I agree with you, of course, I'm just saying before I knew that's what I thought of it. I've only heard it performed live, very interesting.
    chat-noiron August 30, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:I like this song just because it tells a nice story. I've always favored narrative lyrics.

    Everyone else is right o about its meaning though. I'm not sure if its really tied to Anne Rice at all though... I just dont know how the release of the various books line up with the song's release.

    Also, if you've read the books, none of the vampires ever stalk a living girl for any length of time.

    "
    She walks everyday through the streets of New Orleans
    She's innocent and young from a family of means

    I have stood many times outside her window at night
    To struggle with my instinct in the pale moonlight"

    He's obviously fallen in love with a living human, but is unable to do anything about it because of his nature.
    GothicBladeon April 16, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:If anyone has listened to this song on "All This Time," you can hear that someone (Sting? a member of the band?) howls like a werewolf at the end. :) I suppose that answers that.

    As for the song, I love it for its uniqueness.
    skizdion April 27, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:I always thought of it as a werewolf song too.
    "Oh you'll never see my shade or hear the sound of my feet
    While there's a moon over Bourbon Street
    If he were a vampire, then you would see and hear him during night.
    If he's a werewolf, then he would change by the light of the moon. The man would not be seen nor heard during this time...but the werewolf would.
    Isn't that why there's a howl at the end of the song...especially on the live version on Bring on the Night.
    jdappletonon June 22, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:i also am a huge fan of sting's inspiring lyrics . When i first heard this song it just sparked an interest instantly.I agree that it does sound somewhat like it should be about a werewolf despite its real origin.Sting is a music guru!
    deepdivineon May 02, 2004   Link
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    General Comment:I heard that it was inspired by 'Interview With the Vampire' and I am really sure that is what sting was talking about. I didn't really get at first until I reheard this line:
    (The brim of my hat hides the eye of a beast
    I've the face of a sinner but the hands of a priest.)
    It really sounds like Louis. Louis thinks of himself as a monster and thats why he doesn't like to kill people. And then there was another phrase that made my brain think:
    (She walks everyday through the streets of New Orleans
    She's innocent and young from a family of means
    I have stood many times outside her window at night
    To struggle with my instinct in the pale moonlight)
    It completely sounds like the 'she' reference is to Claudia. All in all, it's a really cool song!
    aleera6667on May 27, 2004   Link

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