"Moonlight Shadow" as written by and Mike Oldfield....
The first time ever she saw him
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
He passed on worried and warning
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
Lost in a riddle that Saturday night
Far away on the other side
He was caught in the middle of a desperate fight
And she couldn't find how to push through

The trees that whisper in the evening
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
Sing a song of sorrow and grieving
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
All she saw was a silhouette of a gun
Far away on the other side
He was shot six times by a man on the run
And she couldn't find how to push through

I stay, I pray
See you in heaven far away
I stay, I pray
See you in heaven one day

Four a.m. in the morning
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
I watched your vision forming
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
Stars roll slowly in a silvery night
Far away on the other side
Will you come to terms with me this night
But she couldn't find how to push through

I stay, I pray
See you in heaven far away
I stay, I pray
See you in heaven one day

Far away on the other side
Caught in the middle of a hundred and five
The night was heavy and the air was alive
But she couldn't find how to push through
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
Far away on the other side
But she couldn't find how to push through


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"Moonlight Shadow" as written by Michael Gordon Oldfield

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    General CommentI love this song. It will always be one of my favourites.

    When I was 11 I heard the song on the radio, and even though I knew I hadn't heard it before in my life, it sounded strangely familiar.
    I told my mom and she gave me this really funny look. I asked her why and she told me that when she was pregnant with me she played that song ALOT.

    My first piece of music I ever heard. And I was in the womb.
    :)
    fiiascoon September 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've always wanted to know what this means/what its about, especially the line 'caught in the middle of 105'. Love the song anyway :]
    butterflykiss84on September 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentSorry, just found the interview:
    toucansolutions.com/oldfield/articles/…
    "As for Moonlight Shadow - well, it was a hundred and five people, just signifying a large amount of people, and presumably it was a hundred and five rather than a hundred and four or whatever because "five" rhymed with the next line!"

    Is Moonlight Shadow really a reference to John Lennon's murder?

    "Not really... well, perhaps, when I look back on it, maybe it was. I actually arrived in New York that awful evening when he was shot and I was staying at the Virgin Records house in Perry Street, which was just a few blocks down the road from the Dakota Building where it happened, so it probably sank into my subconscious. It was originally inspired by a film I loved - "Houdini", starring Tony Curtis, which was about attempts to contact Houdini after he'd died, through spiritualism... it was originally a song influenced by that, but a lot of other things must have crept in there without me realising it."
    So, that seems definitive.
    DougWelleron January 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentreally? I wouldn't have thought it. I was of the opinion that it was an epic western tale, featuring a gunfight, pretty salloon lady & stuff. but probably not, no. Oldfield fans, unite & make sense of this!
    Leanahton July 25, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI know of a different version of this song by a band called Groove Coverage. It's actually kinda sad.
    SomeGirl_Jadziaon March 16, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is a wonderful song. I have so many versions of it... like 4 or 5... it's really really nice. When I first heard it, it was the very upbeat version, by Mike Oldfield, (Trance Remix), and I didn't hear the lyrics fully. When I finally read them, I realized how sad the song was, but it only made me like it more. I just can't get over how good this song is.
    Personally I think this song is about a woman who lost the one she loved most in her life, and she can't seem to go without him. Carried away by a moonlight shadow is referred to how he was killing under the moonlight, and taken away... It tells of how she wishes to be with him, and that she thinks about him all the time... though I am not sure about that one line... Caught in the middle of a hundred and five...

    Still, a great song, everyone should have this... =)
    DolesPsychoon April 22, 2003   Link
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    General CommentInteresting point about Lennon and Yoko. This song is great and soooo sad. Wonderful
    Deadon June 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think the "caught in the middle of a 105" might be some kind of police designation or somethin
    ub3rhax0ron June 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think that the line 'Caught in the middle of 105' refers to how many people were between the woman and her love. I mean, the lines that say 'She couldn't find a way to push through' denote to me that this was some sort of fight that others were watching, and those gathered around were making it hard for her to get to him. That's what I think, the 105 is the crowd she's stuck in.
    DanielFenriron July 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think that the line 'Caught in the middle of 105' refers to how many people were between the woman and her love. I mean, the lines that say 'She couldn't find a way to push through' denote to me that this was some sort of fight that others were watching, and those gathered around were making it hard for her to get to him. That's what I think, the 105 is the crowd she's stuck in.
    DanielFenriron July 30, 2005   Link

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