"Many Moons" as written by Walt Kraemer, Janelle Robinson, Nathaniel Irvin and Charles Joseph....
We're dancing free but we're stuck here underground
And everybody trying to figure they way out
Hey hey hey, all we ever wanted to say
Was chased, erased and then thrown away
And day to day we live in a daze

We march all around til' the sun goes down night children
Broken dreams, no sunshine, endless crimes, we long for freedom (for freedom)
You're free but in your mind, your freedom's in a bind

Oh make it rain, ain't a thing in the sky to fall
(The silver bullet's in your hand and the war's heating up)
And when the truth goes bang the shouts splatter out
(Revolutionize your lives and find a way out)
And when you're growing down instead of growing up
(You gotta ooo ah ah like a panther)
Tell me are you bold enough to reach for love?
(Na na na)

He lived in sector ten
He had a friend named Benjamin
Sail away, sail away Susan

So strong for so long
All I wanna do is sing my simple song
Square or round, rich or poor
At the end of day and night all we want is more
I keep my feet on solid ground and use my wings when storms come around
I keep my feet on solid ground for freedom
You're free but in your mind, your freedom's in a bind

Oh make it rain, ain't a thing in the sky to fall
(The silver bullet's in your hand and the war's heating up)
And when the truth goes bang the shouts splatter out
(Revolutionize your lives and find a way out)
And when you're growing down instead of growing up
(You gotta ooo ah ah like a panther)
Tell me are you bold enough to reach for love?
(Na na na)

Civil rights, civil war
Hood rat, crack whore
Carefree, nightclub
Closet drunk, bathtub
Outcast, weirdo
Stepchild, freak show
Black girl, bad hair
Broad nose, cold stare
Tap shoes, Broadway
Tuxedo, holiday
Creative black, Love song
Stupid words, erased song
Gun shots, orange house
Dead man walking with a dirty mouth
Spoiled milk, stale bread
Welfare, bubonic plague
Record deal, light bulb
Keep back kid now corporate thug
Breast cancer, common cold
HIV, lost hope
Overweight, self esteem
Misfit, broken dream
Fish tank, small bowl
Closed mind, dark hold
Cybergirl, droid control
Get away now they trying to steal your soul
Microphone, one stage
Tomboy, outrage
Street fight, bloody war
Instigators, third floor
Promiscuous child, broken heart
STD, quarantine
Heroin user, coke head
Final chapter, death bed
Plastic sweat, metal skin
Metallic tears, mannequin
Carefree, night club
Closet drunk, bathtub
White house, Jim Crow
Dirty lies, my regards

When the world just treats you wrong
Just come with me and I'll take you home
No need to pack a bag
Who put your life in the danger zone?
You running dropping like a rolling stone
No time to pack a bag
You just can't stop your hurt from hanging on
The old man dies and then a baby's born
Chan, chan, chan, change your life
And when the world just treats you wrong
Just come with us and you'll take you home
Shan, shan shan shan-gri la
Na na na na na na na na na na na


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"Many Moons" as written by Walt Kraemer, Janelle Robinson, Nathaniel Irvin, Charles Joseph

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  • +3
    Song MeaningAlright, I'm going to try to break this down word by word in how I see it. First, I'd like to say that I think the opening line is "We're dancing free, but we're stuck here, on the ground. Listen carefully. I do believe this is what she's saying

    We're dancing fee, but we're stuck here, on the ground.
    And everybody tryina' figure they way out
    Hey, hey, hey, hey!
    All we ever wanted to say,
    Was chased, erased and then thrown away!
    And day by day, we live in a daze!

    [We can do what we want and be who we want! We are free! But we are limited by our freedoms and restricted to only having them in privacy. Everyone is looking for that pure freedom. They take what we say and scrutinize it when we speak the truth, so our lives are "in a daze," clouded by the lies and hate by others.]

    Refrain:
    We march, all around til' the sun goes, down night children (night children in a round)
    Broken dreams, no sunshine, endless crimes, we long for freedom (for freedom)!
    You're free but in your mind, your freedom's in a bind

    [Because of what society has deemed as acceptable, this "We," she sings about must do their work in secrecy, as if in the dead of night so no one is made aware, but they long for freedom, or "daylight." You're only free in what you think, but they even try to control that.]

    Chorus:
    Oh make it rain, ain't a thang in the sky to fall.
    (The silver bullet's in your hand and the war's heating up)
    And when the truth goes BANG the shouts splatter out
    (Revolutionize your lives and find a way out)
    And when you're growing down instead of growing up
    (You gotta ooo ah ah like a panther)
    Tell me are you bold enough to reach for love, for love?
    (Na na na...)

    [I believe she's talking about the actions when she says "make it rain," instead of money. The opposing side supposidly has a storm waiting for her. Kind of like "yeah? You can make it rain? So, uh... let's see it then. No? Ain't a thing in the sky to fall, huh?" She's saying talk is cheap. The silver bullet refers to a truth that will stop this evil and change the tide of the argument. This war is based on a childish belief and it seems as if people are taking a step back in maturity. Anyone else get the Gay Rights vibe? It makes sense.]

    Quite Often Forgotten Lyrics:
    He lived in sector 10
    He had a friend named Benjamin
    Sail away, sail away Susan.

    [... I really have nothing for you, here!]

    2nd Verse:
    So strong, for so long
    All I wanna do is sing my simple song
    Is it square or round, rich or poor
    At the end of day and night all we want is more
    I keep my feet on solid ground and use my wings when storms come around
    I keep my feet on solid ground for freedom
    You're free but in your mind, your freedom's in a bind

    [She's fought a long battle and is done fighting. Whether it's "Square or round, rich or poor," and possibly "Gay or Straight," it shouldn't matter. We are all human, but within us all is the divine. Basically, the wing analogy is stating that she is just as much of an angel as anyone else and will make it to heaven. (The gay argument, I think, in how some individuals believe that homosexuals are going to hell. In this case, she's disagreeing.)]
    Chorus

    Cybernetic Chantdown:
    Civil rights, civil war
    Hood rat, crack whore
    Carefree, nightclub
    Closet drunk, bathtub
    Out-outcast, weirdo
    Stepchild, freak show
    Black girl, bad hair
    Broad nose, cold stare
    Tap shoes, Broadway
    T-t-tuxedo, holiday
    Creative block, Love song
    Stupid words, erased song
    G-gun shots, orange house
    D-d-dead man walking with a dirty mouth
    Spoiled milk, stale bread
    Welfare, bubonic plague
    Record deal, light bulb
    K-keep back kid not corporate thug
    Breast cancer, common cold
    HIV, lost hope
    Overweight, self esteem
    Mis-misfit, broken dream
    Fish tank, small bowl
    Closed minded, dark hold
    Cy-cy-cybergirl, droid-droid control
    Get away now they trying to steal your soul
    Mi-microphone, one-one stage
    Tomboy, outrage
    Street fight, bloody war
    Instigators, third floor
    Promiscuous child, broken heart
    STD, quarentine
    Heroin user, coke head
    Fin-final chapter, death bed
    Plastic sweat, metal skin
    Metallic tears, mannequin
    Carefree, night club
    Closet drunk, bathtub
    White house, Jim Crow
    Dir-dirty lies, my-my regards

    [The break down of this song lists all of the things society is, believes, or labels her has and the things she's supposed to be made to believe. I think most important would be "Civil rights, civil war," which says we're all supposed to have our own personal rights, but we really don't. Because she's different, she's treated as if she is diseased. But they try to "quarantine," her. This is where the Android Girl bit comes to play. We program Androids. She's nothing more than a robot if she lets people tell her how to be or what to do. I think as some of you stated, it's the "Android" breaking down. It's been told what to believe, but reasoning causes those ideas to short circuit.]

    Closing Lullaby:
    And when the world just treats you wrong
    just come with me and I'll take you home
    No need to pack a bag
    Who put your life in the danger zone?
    You running, drop it like a rolling stone
    No time to pack a bag
    You just can't stop your heart from hanging on
    The old man dies and then a baby's born
    Chan, chan, chan, change your life
    And when the world just treats you wrong
    just come with us and we'll take you home
    Shang, shang, shang, shan-gri la
    Na na na na na na na na na na na na.

    [The lullaby sings of unfairness and the need for those of us who are subjugated to this unfair treatment to stick together. Why pack a bag? We have each other, what else could you need? And there's really no time to prepare. The time to act is now. Yes, it hurts, but no use in fretting. Life is a cycle. Just as sure as we are born, we will die. Just as we are in bad times, good times are sure to come. Change where you are and what you're made to be. You shouldn't have to run or hide who you are. But until that day comes where the "We," is liberated, come with us to Shangri-la, a safe haven.]

    That's my take on it.

    So, what do you guys think? I absolutely believe it's talking about homosexuality. Possibly the entire album. I'm just saying, listen to Cold War and it becomes clear. Also, the fact that she won't discuss her sexuality. I think she might be gay. This album is a silent silver bullet for the gay rights movement, or anyone else who has to struggle against the majority for their rights.

    And if you're wondering, I'm straight. So in no way is my sexuality influencing my idea process. Though I am a major supporter for Civil Rights for everyone.
    carnelianhopeon September 20, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionI believe that these are the actual lyrics, which many people seem to not have the ears enough to listen for nowadays. After playing Halo 3 for around 12 days straight listening to this song, and ONLY this song, for that entire length of time, it is hard to mistake these as being correct.

    Verse 1:
    We're dancing free but we're stuck here underground
    And everybody trying to figure they way out
    Hey Hey Hey, all we ever wanted to say
    Was chased erased and then thrown away
    And day to day we live in a daze

    Refrain:
    We march all around til' the sun goes down night children (night children in a round)
    Broken dreams, no sunshine, endless crimes, we long for freedom (for freedom)
    You're free but in your mind, your freedom's in a bind

    Chorus:
    Oh make it rain, ain't a thang and it's gonna fall
    (The silver bullet's in your hand and the war's heating up)
    And when the truth goes BANG the shouts splatter out
    (Revolutionize your lives and find a way out)
    And when you're growing down instead of growing up
    (You gotta ooo ah ah like a panther)
    Tell me are you bold enough to reach for love?
    (Na na na...)

    Quite Often Forgotten Lyrics:
    He lived in sector 10
    He had a friend named Linderman
    Sail away, sail away some time.

    2nd Verse:
    So strong for so long
    All I wanna do is sing my simple song
    Is it square or round, rich or poor
    At the end of day and night all we want is more
    I keep my feet on solid ground and use my wings when storms come around
    I keep my feet on solid ground for freedom
    You're free but in your mind, your freedom's in a bind

    Chorus

    Cybernetic Chantdown:
    Civil rights, civil war
    Hood rat, crack whore
    Carefree, nightclub
    Closet drunk, bathtub
    Out-outcast, weirdo
    Stepchild, freak show
    Black girl, bad hair
    Broad nose, cold stare
    Tap shoes, Broadway
    T-t-tuxedo, holiday
    Creative block, Love song
    Stupid words, erased song
    G-gun shots, orange house
    D-d-dead man walking with a dirty mouth
    Spoiled milk, stale bread
    Welfare, bubonic plague
    Record deal, light bulb
    K-keep back kid not corporate thug
    Breast cancer, common cold
    HIV, lost hope
    Overweight, self esteem
    Mis-misfit, broken dream
    Fish tank, small bowl
    Closed minded, dark hold
    Cy-cy-cybergirl, droid-droid control
    Get away now they trying to steal your soul
    Mi-microphone, one-one stage
    Tomboy, outrage
    Street fight, bloody war
    Instigators, third floor
    Promiscuous child, broken heart
    STD, quarentine
    Heroin user, coke head
    Fin-final chapter, death bed
    Plastic sweat, metal skin
    Metallic tears, mannequin
    Carefree, night club
    Closet drunk, bathtub
    White house, Jim Crow
    Dir-dirty lies, my-my regards

    Closing Lullaby:
    And when the world just treats you wrong
    just come with me and I'll take you home
    No need to pack a bag
    Who put your life in the danger zone?
    You running drop it like a rolling stone
    No need to pack a bag
    You just can't stop your heart from hanging on
    The old man dies and then a baby's born
    Chan, chan, chan, change your life
    And when the world just treats you wrong
    just come with me and i'll take you home
    Shang, shang, shang, shan-gri la
    Na na na na na na na na na na na na.

    As for a meaning? Well...without the full story (this is only a chapter of the first suite, The Chase) you cannot truly find a answer to what this song is about. You only know that Cindy Mayweather, or Alpha Platinum 9000 (her robotic model), has fallen in love with a human named Anthony Greenboum (possibly), which in the futuristic society Janelle Monae has created, is illegal. Therefore, Cindy is being hunted for her crimes. From the music video, though, this seems to be one of the last songs which she sang in public before she decided to run for her life. Perhaps the main reason for why she mentions such things as "Quarantine", "Jim Crow", "Outcast", "Gun Shots", "Misfit", "Final Chapter", and "Dirty Lies" in her cybernetic rap. Mayhaps this is her programming telling her that what she has done is wrong, but she thought it was right at the time. It would account for the stuttering on such words as she sings them.

    In any case, this is a brilliant song from one of the greatest musical talents of our age. Well done, Ms. Monae.
    MasterAndreRavenon February 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentGreat song, its about keeping your hope up
    dejavulaon September 11, 2008   Link
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    General Commentsuch an amazing song! it combines so many different styles of music - and the result is an brilliant freak fest that you just can't resist dancing to!
    leakegon October 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGenius!
    raisedbywolveson October 20, 2008   Link
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    General Comment...I think these lyrics are wrong/missing. I couldn't tell you what they really were though, that's what I've been looking up and can't find...
    dontblink3454on January 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAndreRaven has it right, except for one word.

    Quite Often Forgotten Lyrics:
    He lived in sector 10
    He had a friend named Linderman
    Sail away, sail away some time.

    I'm pretty sure she's singing "He had a friend named Benjamin." Aside from that, it's spot-on.
    niggytarduston June 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentShes and amazinq artist realliy supper talented & blessed hehe she one ov ma faveorite artist

    this is one of my faveorite songs of all timee, or at least from her, its so maniy diffrent styles all in one . ican listen to it all daiy& make me wana dance to it and for the video its one of the best videos ive ever seen . likee it can bee a moviee : )
    this video & sonq shows how amazinq a human mind is

    MasterAndreRaven: iaqree with u what u think the meaninq is
    Anniieeon March 27, 2010   Link
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    General Commentbased on the robotic rap part of the sonq lol
    i think this song is talkinq bout our nation , or world
    with people who have all those problems and are in thosee thinqs

    the chorus & is tellinq them were they are and if u feel that waiy
    the verses are the thiqns to tellt hose people (basically) tellin them have hope,keep yur head up,
    Anniieeon March 27, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOhh I thought it went:
    He lived in sector 10,
    He had a friend named Benjamin,
    >Sail away, sail away Suzanne...

    hahah whoops.


    I love this song, especially the closing lullaby.
    AlyLikesOWLSon June 14, 2010   Link

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