"Moths" as written by Paul Heaton and Dave Rotheray....
The leaded window opened
To move the dancing candle flame
And the first Moths of summer
Suicidal came, suicidal came.

And a new breeze chattered
In its May-bud tenderness,
Sending water-lillies sailing
As she turned to get undressed.

And the long night awakened
And we soared on powdered wings,
Circling our tomorrows
In the wary month of Spring.

Chasing shadows slipping
In a magic lantern slide,
Creatures of the candle
On a night-light-ride.

Dipping and weaving
Flutter through the golden needle's eye
In our haystack madness.
Butterfly-stroking on a Spring-tide high.

Life's too long (as the Lemming said)
As the candle burned and the Moths were wed.
And we'll all burn together as the wick grows higher
But before the candle's dead.

The leaded window opened
To move the dancing candle flame.
And the first moths of summer
Suicidal came, oh, suicidal came.

To join in the worship
Of the light that never dies
In a moment's reflection
Of two moths spinning in her eyes.


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"Moths" as written by Dave Rotheray Paul Heaton

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    General CommentWell, I would agree that the song is about love, but allow me to delve a little deeper. This song is about how life is short (as the lemming said), and how people are drawn like moths to the flame, which is love.

    Most of the verses talk about how people are happiest when in love (and we soared on powdered wings, among others) despite (maybe) challenges (Chasing shadows slipping) (flutter through the golden needle's eye, sounds challenging to me)

    Anyways, the sixth verse supports this the most. To me it says that although the moths know that they'll die anyways, they choose to live their lives in love. Sounds good to me.
    Manetherinon July 25, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI have no comment on this whatsoever, except that this is a great, great song written by the genius Ian Anderson.
    Fullvition August 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentPossibly the most veautiful love song ever written.
    CHAKAon June 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is probably their best and most underrated song.....at least off of Heavy Horses
    Imperfect_Strangeron June 23, 2007   Link
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    General Commentgood analyzing you fools. this song is OBVIOUSLY comparing the way two people make love to the way moths suicidally fly into an open flame. "and we soared on powdered wings" totally says "we" meaning two people

    "And the first Moths of summer
    suicidal came." and "Life's too long (as the Lemming said)" yeah man all about the suicide
    fartnozzle69420on June 29, 2008   Link

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