"Child of the Moon" as written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards....
The wind blows, rain into my face
The sun glows at the end of the highway
Child of the moon, rub your rainy eyes
Oh, child of the moon
Give me a wide-awake crescent-shaped smile

She shivers, by the light she is hidden
She flickers like a lamp lady vision
Child of the moon, rub your rainy eyes
Child of the moon
Give me a wide-awake crescent-shaped smile

The first car on the foggy road riding
The last star for my lady is pining
Oh, child of the moon, bid the sun arise
Oh, child of the moon
Give me a misty day, pearly gray, silver, silky faced
Wide-awake crescent-shaped smile


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"Child of the Moon" as written by Mick Jagger Keith Richards

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  • +2
    General CommentIt was in the window of time where LSD ruled the rock world.....I'd guess Keith had little to do with this # and much more to do with JJ Flash.

    A great one that has snuck under the radar screen.
    pton August 26, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentLots of imagery for a song with limited lyrics - water being a primary reference. Moon Child is an astrological sign and is a water sign. The crescent moon is represented as a lady in the sense of a Florence Nightingale. When he sings of the child of the moon, he is singing of himself and of the prospect of joy and relief from gloom (probably unrequited love) as represented by the coming of the sun.
    purpletoadon November 17, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentVery good song, so obviously a part of their jumpin jack flash era with just one guitar carrying the song, mostly because brian jones was to srewed up to play the guitar at the time
    lozz588on July 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWish I had it.
    JosephWolfon March 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Give me a misty day, pearly gray, silver, silky faced,
    Wide-awake crescent-shaped smile!"
    VVOVV
    pton May 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe moon is the planet sign for cancer. Jagger, being born a couple days late, is not a cancer. Leos on the other hand, are of the governing sun. The suns relationship with the moon might suggest a relationship he had with a moon child. Cancer is a water sign which might lead to "rainy" eyes while the "sun glowing at the end of the highway" might mean he is going home to masturbate.
    loosedloonon June 15, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, the B-side of Jumping Jack Flash - and I still have that 45 vinyl single at home!
    This song never had any airplay and is showing its age now but sounded fine at the time.
    bigglesworthon July 13, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song kind of falls between the cracks. Original demos were recorded during '67 in the midst of the chaotic and frequently-interrupted (due to drug busts, legal hearings, etc.- the right wing of the British Establishment was doing its best to destroy The Rolling Stones via constant harassment of Jagger, Richards, and Jones during '67; they did not succeed, although they damaged Brian Jones seriously, psychologically and emotionally and even physically) "Satanic Majesties" sessions. From its sound, it certainly has a psychedelic vibe and is not in step with the band's return to blues and acoustic folk blues in '68. Some commentators have also said that the song is a love note from Jagger to Marianne Faithfull. Don't know, but of course it first saw light of day in public as the B side of the release of "Jumpin' Jack Flash," a full-scale return to blues-based hard rock, which Jagger and Richards have both called an anthem about surviving, especially after the weirdness of acid-tinged '67 and the legal hassles. On the demos, Nicky Hopkins plays very Nicky Hopkins-style piano. On this release, he plays organ- the exact reverse of "Sympathy for the
    Devil," on which Hopkins plays organ during the early phases of the song's recording, then switches to piano for the studio version that became familiar to the public as the lead-off track for "Beggars Banquet." Personnel for this release of "Child of the Moon": Mick Jagger, vocal; Keith Richards, guitars; Brian Jones, Mellotron; Bill Wyman, bass; Charlie Watts, drums; Nicky Hopkins, organ. After its release as a the B-side of a single, this track did not see the light of day again until the release of "More Hot Rocks (Big Hits and Fazed Cookies)" near the end of 1972. One of the great lesser known Stones tracks in any case.
    mbrachmanon January 30, 2017   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis is a song short on meaning, but somehow flew under the radar.

    I think it was a b-side of Jumping Jack Flash - so it was never on an album, did not make it onto any of their best hits collections, but is great song I think.
    coo2kachooon April 12, 2005   Link

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