"Harvest Moon" as written by and Regine Schmidt....
This place has a history
The Spaniards settled here
They burned the town and fields
They moved away from here
My grandma often told me
She knew it peaceful here
The war took all the vigor
War took the best from here

Ahh ahh ahh ahh When the wind turns
Ahh ahh ahh ahh And blows the leaves from the trees
Ahh ahh ahh ahh Harvest moon

I see the days grow shorter
I feel the nights grow cold Harvest moon
Young people feelin’ restless
Old people feelin’ old Harvest moon
I sense the darkness clearer
I feel a presence here Harvest moon
A change in the weather
I love this time of year Harvest moon

The Cobys worked that valley
They gave that land a go
They built a thriving business
Then came that early snow
They lost their livestock that year
They lost their sheep and goats
They sold the farm in springtime
Went south to work the boats

Ahh ahh ahh ahh When the wind turns
Ahh ahh ahh ahh And blows the leaves from the trees
Ahh ahh ahh ahh Harvest moon

I see the days grow shorter
I feel the nights grow cold Harvest moon
Young people feelin’ restless
Old people feelin’ old Harvest moon
I sense the darkness clearer
I feel a presence here Harvest moon
A change in the weather
I love this time of year Harvest moon

Ten years in this farmhouse
Ten years come this May
My simple needs are covered
Since grandma passed away
Long time since there’s been trouble
That’s what the people say
I told the new man when I
Sold the farm today

Ahh ahh ahh ahh When the wind turns
Ahh ahh ahh ahh And blows the leaves from the trees
Ahh ahh ahh ahh Harvest moon

I sense the darkness clearer
I feel a presence here Harvest moon
A change in the weather
I feel some evil here Harvest moon
I hear some frightful noises
I don’t go out at night Harvest moon
Since Bobrow’s youngest daughter
Disappeared from sight Harvest moon

I know they’ll find her some day
They find them all that way Harvest moon
After the thaw in springtime
The snow melts away Harvest moon
I see the days grow shorter
I feel the nights grow cold Harvest moon
Young people feelin’ restless
Old people feelin’ old Harvest moon




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  • +2
    General CommentBlue Oyster Cult common sings about mysterious and spooky stuff. To me, this song is about a haunted area where stuff comes out at night around the harvest moon perhaps the ghosts of those that the Spaniards killed. That's why earlier settlers livestock started disappearing and they sold the land. The guy who owns it after him talks about how there hasn't been any trouble in a decade which is followed by the new owner's daughter disappearing.

    I guess the reason I say this is because at the end of the song, it talks about how they all get found someday, in the same way. Obviously, they're all found dead.

    A spooky, eerie song that I think is their best. I'm also an autumn baby so I have a special love for the song too.
    Kinethon March 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI completely agree with disaster... fall is wonderful... This song always makes me think of fall weather, gray days and leaves changing, and especially fall nights, walking with the trees all rustley and the moon shining. (incidentally, that's my favorite line, too...)
    nightblindon September 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt also has the Lovecraft-ish idea of something hidden that is taking a young person as a sacrifice every year.
    Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" has a section that resonates very well with this song! Don't want to do a spoiler, but a teen vanishes from a certain small town each year, and it's assumed that they've run away to L.A. or Chicago.
    coupedefleuron January 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationOne thing that makes the lyrics that extra bit of creepy is that the narrator seems so neutral towards all these things happening. Even though he hears strange noises in the night, children disappearing and later found dead, he still ”loves this time of year”. Maybe because all these horrible things dosn't affect him directly as he lives his simple life alone, covering his own needs.

    Why did the Spaniards burn it all down before they left? What was the purpose? Did something scare them away?

    Did the Coby's inexperience with livestock during harsh winters ceal the faith of the animals or did something else arrive with the winter that caused it all to go so wrong?

    It seems as something plagues the village and whatever it is, it arrives with the winter. Something that causes children to disappear, something that kills livestock and so on.

    Why dosn't the narrator seem bothered about this?

    It seems like he simply sees all these things as normal since it's always been part of the history and as a result he is able to not put that much value into thinking about it and simply enjoy the seasonal transition from summer to winter with the lovely scenaries that the Autumn brings instead. That would explain why he is refering to what other people are saying when he finally sells the farm, since his experience is biased from the fact that he hasn't any other references I guess.
    Teratologyon March 14, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is awesome. i live for the fall. i like the part when it says young people feelin restless, old people feelin old...aint that the truth
    disasteron October 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKind of a funny story, well not really funny but he tells how great the farmhouse is then that hes selling it and theres never trouble and finally how a girl was mudered around there.
    TwistedSisteron January 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe first thing I noticed about this song was its striking similarity to a videogame that came out around the same time, Harvest Moon for the SNES in 1997. The Videogame dealt with farming, life, and changing seasons I doubt they are linked but it's still an odd coincidence
    More Cowbell plzon December 08, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationI think the meaning is simple. Don't take life for granted and live every, single day like it's your last!
    bronson113on March 22, 2016   Link

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