Shadows all around you
As you surface from the dark
Emerging from the gentle grip
Of night's unfolding arms
Darkness, darkness everywhere,
Do you feel all alone?
The subtle grace of gravity,
The heavy weight of stone

You don't see what you possess,
A beauty calm and clear
It floods the sky and blurs the darkness
Like a chandelier
All the light that you possess
Is skewed by lakes and seas
The shattered surface, so imperfect,
Is all that you believe

I will bring a mirror,
So silver, so exact,
So precise and so pristine,
A perfect pane of glass
I will set the mirror up
To face the blackened sky
You will see your beauty every
Moment that you rise


Lyrics submitted by kasandra, edited by loalio, lovelikearose


You Are The Moon song meanings
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    General CommentThis is the most poetic song I have ever heard and it has touched me in a way a song has never touched me before. Every time I listen to it, I seem to understand it on a deeper level.

    Most people view the moon as something beautiful and almost romantic. It illuminates the darkness and shines a sort of calm light on the sea in a way that the sun can't.

    But if the moon was a person, how would it feel? All it ever sees is darkness and shadows. It feels is all alone, always watching over the earth where there is life, but never being able to be a part of it.

    This singer is singing to the moon and describing how vital and beautiful it is to the earth. Like I mentioned earlier, the moon only sees darkness and shadows, but it does not realize that it itself is the light that illuminates the darkness "like a chandelier". And the shadows are actually just the darkness hiding behind its light (that part took me a while to realize but I think it has a very powerful message). The moon doesn't have any idea how beautiful and necessary it is to the earth, because it doesn't have a clear view of itself. Its only sense of identity is its distorted reflection in the sea.

    At the end of the song, the singer says to the moon that she intends to hold a mirror up to the moon, so it can see its beauty every moment that it rises.

    The moon represents a person that does not feel important, beautiful, good enough, alone, depressed, insecure, isolated. We don't know why this person feels this way, but we know that he or she is influenced by some kind of darkness in their life. For example, I feel the same way the moon does, and in my case the darkness is my sister who has borderline personality disorder and abuses drugs and has been telling me that I'm worthless and that I should kill myself since I was 14 (now I'm 18). The singer is telling this person not to be tricked by the darkness and shadows, and that the person doesn't see himself or herself for what he or she truly is. The mirror represents the truth. It is perfect and exact. And the singer is holding it up to the moon, there for showing the person how beautiful he or she really is.

    I think everyone who feels like the moon needs someone like this in their life to make them realize their beauty. For me, it was on a group community service trip where I met some of the greatest people I've ever met. I won't bore you with the details if anyone is even reading this, but within those 10 days I was able to see myself more clearly than I ever have before

    SOOOOOOOO basically I think the message of this song is that if you feel like you are the moon, there is hope. The people in your life influence how you feel about yourself, and if you don't like yourself, then try and branch out. Meet new people and get rid of the toxic influences in your life
    cassieeeon February 21, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the person she's talking about is in a bad point in their life (hence the "Shadows all around you") and she's trying to make them see that they can be better, despite how much they disagree ("The shattered surface, so imperfect/ Is all that you believe").

    And the whole Moon simile makes sense as well, seeing as it's surrounded by the darkness of night (the person's bad decision possibly) and shines so bright through it all.
    sky_lineron June 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about someone beautiful yet they think that they are not. And maybe she's trying to make them see who they truly are.
    poisonson December 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNot only are the lyrics to this song beautiful, but the so is the music; the piano playing is what originally drew me to this song.

    I defiantly agree about this song being about depression and for the person who ask
    'The subtle grace of gravity,
    The heavy weight of stone'
    I think refers to the forces that brought person down into his depression and the wieght of it is keeping him down.

    Also when she sings about the light being skewed by lakes and seas I thought the "lakes and seas" to be people around him and how the way other people see you can effect the way you see yourself (The shattered surface, so imperfect,
    Is all that you believe)
    x.dysfunctional.xon January 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentshe views someone as being perfect but that person views themself as anything but

    possibly thats what its about
    singergrl89on June 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentObviously its about comparing someone to the moon. How they are beautiful and their presence alone is able to bring light to the darkness. Also, how they do not see just how beautiful they are, and the person wants to be able to show them.
    greenlinkon June 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI have always thought that it's about a person trying to stop someone from commiting suicide. Just how it talks about a dark place that the person is in and then trying to tell them how amazing they are and that they can be so much more than they think.
    amyanneon September 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI cry every time I hear this song.
    elmochildon December 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think she is just talking about the moon.
    its pretty simple concept..talking about how the moon is beautiful, but is wonderfully written.

    i dnt think shes telling a person how wonderful they are..shes just talking about the moon.
    ox_monzy_xoon December 25, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"You Are The Moon is a song about how depression surrounds a person so much that they cannot realize how wonderful they are. "
    Greta posted that in their FAQ... so thats what it is
    katpoo131on December 28, 2006   Link

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