"A Mutual Friend" as written by and Colin Newman Graham Lewis....
As a mutual friend it was difficult to pretend
That I was anything less than concerned

Hearing of your troubles
Has forced me to double
My interest in your current affairs

It's no use despising a new unknown horizon
Now your son has set his sights on the moon

So precipitous a decision has clouded your vision
And altered the pitch of your tune

Please don't turn a deaf ear to the noises you hear
While savagely your love you prune
For he might replace the old with the moon
He might replace the old with the moon

In March, April, May, and June
July, August, September, soon
He might replace the old with the moon
It could be October
November, or even December
So in January and February remember

He might replace the old with the moon
He might replace the old quite soon


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    General CommentI think the final lines are: "He might replace the earth with the moon / He might replace the old with the new / He might replace the earth with the moon / He might replace the old quite soon".

    Or it may be intentionally impenetrable. Whatever.
    Cynothoglyson September 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI thought the 'moon' might be in the context of "promise you the moon"....i.e. someone who promises you everything you desire.

    A guy is replacing his current girl (the subject of the song) with a girl who promises him the "moon".

    Well, that's one way I interpret it....
    MisterMarcuson August 13, 2014   Link
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    General CommentAny idea what does it mean? I don't get the "moon" metaphor. Why he might replace the old with the moon?
    TDraczon August 13, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationMy interpretation is that the speaker in the lyrics is referring to a female acquaintance who's going through a tough time with an adolescent son. the speaker doesn't know her too well but the only time they've talked he's become concerned with her maternal plight. ''your son has set his sights upon the moon/he might replace the old with the moon'' he's objectively telling the girl that her son is soon to ignore the older people around him and embrace freedom. he advices her not ''to turn a deaf ear to the noises you hear''...i imagine the son bringing a girlfriend to the bedroom and them having sex while the mother is in the house. the speaker's telling her not to pretend nothing's happening and to acknowledge reality.

    wonderful song. wonnerful lyrics, a quotidian masterstroke
    A Nameless Ghoulon June 03, 2015   Link

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