"Marquee Moon" as written by and Tom Verlaine....
I remember
Ooo how the darkness doubled
I recall
Lightning struck itself

I was listening
Listening to the rain
I was hearing
Hearing something else

Life in the hive puckered up my night,
A kiss of death, the embrace of life
Ooo there I stand neath the Marquee Moon,
Just waiting

I spoke to a man
Down at the tracks
And I ask him
How he don't go mad
He said 'Look here junior, don't you be so happy
And for Heaven's sake, don't you be so sad'

Life in the hive puckered up my night,
The kiss of death, the embrace of life
Ooo there I stand neath the Marquee Moon,
Hesitating

Well a Cadillac
It pulled out of the graveyard
Pulled up to me
All they said 'get in', get in
Then the Cadillac
It puttered back into the graveyard
Me, I got out again

Life in the hive puckered up my night,
A kiss of death, the embrace of life
Ooo there I stand neath the Marquee Moon,
I ain't waiting nuh ah

I remember
How the darkness doubled
I recall
Lightning struck itself

I was listening
Listening to the rain
I was hearing
Hearing something else


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"Marquee Moon" as written by Tom Verlaine

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    General CommentI think that this song is about coming to that crossroads in your life, or at least when you come to question where you are going in your life. In the first part, he's talking about a dark time in his life, when he remembers that strange things were happening, but he was paying attention to looking for something else. In the chorus he is talking about how just being one of the hive made him get laid, but he still thinks of where it all started and where it all ends. And he's underneath this Marquee Moon, which I'm taking to be just a metaphor for the changes you must take in life. In the man verse, it's pretty straight-forward, and then the Cadillac lines are about how he tries to take a stab at getting away, but instead is dropped back out in the graveyard. Maybe the message is that "As hard as you try to change, you're always going to end up back in that graveyard." Wow. Cool.
    myeh_manon April 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentTelevison are possibly one of the greatest overlooked bands from the 70s...They were called the "Grateful Dead of punk bands" because of their long 10 minute jam stlye songs, but these guys were no hippies.. The bass line in this song is incredible, and the guitar parts (both Verlaine and Lloyd) are layered beautifully. This band knew how to lay out a song correctly without it sounding like it is going on too long. An absolute masterpiece!
    bazmegon August 01, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti agree with most of myeh man except for the actual marquee moon
    marquee would mean as those letters that move showing announcements and stuff.
    with a marquee moon it would mean standing under time as the moon moves across the sky throughout the nightime
    the song continues to say "just waiting"
    all marquee moon means is time.
    melancholytreeson May 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI see this song as life summarized. Going through the darkness (hard times) and sometimes bringing them upon yourself hence "lighting struck itself". "Listening to the rain, hearing something else" being all of the small things that act as reminders of your past and inevitably interpreting things differently than others.
    Any life choices you make changing you as a person whether that be for better or worse is what I get out of "the kiss of death, the embrace of life" and the marquee moon is a metaphor for the passing of time although sometimes you get impatient. I believe the third verse to be about living your life cautiously under apathetic terms and the fourth to be about being in with the wrong crowd and going nowhere or always ending up back where you started.

    Marquee Moon always gets credit for being a masterpiece as it rightfully deserves, but Adventure is a masterpiece in it's own right however many dismiss it as not living up to Marquee Moon's standards. Those people are missing out big time.
    windmills20on October 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentClassic Epic! Put the Album up there with Pink Floyd. This is where the Strokes got that fabulous rhythm! That enduring interlude is Top Notch stuff! The Cadillac verse is so bloody cool, yet very haunting. It seems like a very life-affirming song. "Lightning struck itself" - what a lyric! I can't get over the rhythm - guitar, then bass going on the off-chord, then Fricca's astonishing drums, and, of course, that great guitar lick - dadadadada! This is Television's defining moment!
    bkat004on April 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentClassic Epic! Put the Album up there with Pink Floyd. This is where the Strokes got that fabulous rhythm! That enduring interlude is Top Notch stuff! The Cadillac verse is so bloody cool, yet very haunting. It seems like a very life-affirming song. "Lightning struck itself" - what a lyric! I can't get over the rhythm - guitar, then bass going on the off-chord, then Fricca's astonishing drums, and, of course, that great guitar lick - dadadadada! This is Television's defining moment!
    bkat004on April 28, 2005   Link
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    General Commentpure poetry.and i agree with bkat004, that lyric "lightning struck itself". oh love. i think we all can recall that.

    oh i took the phrase marquee moon as night after night. isnt marquee like sort of .. well one of the definitions says its a "permanent canopy often of metal and glass..." or like those signs at the entrance of some arena that displays the performers.
    Or a title given to a headliner.like at a concert.a really popular person.
    i thought it had meant recurring moon .. as in the moon just seems to be constantly passing by as in its always nighttime.
    =/

    Well!
    lizamrtnzon May 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe moon is a symbol of virginity and has long been associated with it. with the sex refrences in this song then maybe the moon is part of the idea.
    themagicnazaon June 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnyone ever try reading this song as coming from a dead narrator?
    JohnnyDeathon January 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat's deep
    windmills20on May 02, 2009   Link

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