"Half Moon" as written by and Samuel Ervin Beam....
Halfway home in the hilltop trees
And all our footprints in the snow
And the evening glow, leaving

Low night noise in the winter time
I wake besides you on the floor
Counting your breathing

I can't see nothing in this half moon
Lay me down if I should lose you

Halfway working on a worn out house
And all our friends, the ragged clothes
The naked bones, whining

Where are we when the twilight comes?
The darker valley and the breeze
And the frozen leaves, chiming

Because I can't see nothing in this half moon
Lay me down if I should lose you

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"Half Moon" as written by Samuel Ervin Beam

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    General CommentThis sounds like an upbeat and happy song but I would have to disagree with the music's intention. To me, I think a man is describing a couple that is walking out to the woods to get wood or supplies to finish up a quick repair on a house in the woods with some friends. As they are in the woods, the woman he is with faints or falls to the ground and seems to be dying. He falls to the ground after her and starts counting her breath. He looks around to see if he can see anything or anyone that could help but he can't see anything in the half moon. The friends back at the house are cold in their ragged clothes, whining about having to help repair the house and also about how cold it is in the house now. "Where are we when the twilight comes?
    The darker valley and the breeze And the frozen leaves, chiming" is a very telling part of this story, because he starts to wonder, as the night progresses and gets darker, if he will be able to help at all or if his mate is going to die right there. The woods chime in and remind him that they are in a very bad situation and he thinks to himself "lay me down if I should lose you." This is very sad when he realizes that there is a good chance that she is going to die at his hands and at his expense. Sam did a very very good job with all the lyrics in this album, even though they are mostly religious. I think everyone should look into what else he has said in this album. Beautiful, tragic, and bold lyrics.
    obrya1jron February 24, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThe entire song is a metaphor for life. Like the rest of the album, it contains plenty of religious overtones.

    Halfway home = halfway to heaven
    Footprints in the snow = the life that's now behind them
    The evening glow leaving = they're both old/about to die

    Throughout the song, winter is used to symbolize death, the end of things.

    The speaker is uncertain. He doesn't know what to do, or what's next. All he does know is that he doesn't want to keep on living on earth or in Heaven unless his lover lives with him.

    They've been "halfway working on a worn-out house"- trying to build a family? but it's not going as planned for whatever reason, so they're not putting as much effort into it as before. They're feeling discouraged and don't really see the point anymore.

    "Where are we when the twilight comes?" Where are we when death comes? When our time comes?
    The darker valley = the valley of the shadow of death.
    Breeze = the four winds of the Bible, perhaps? the winds of change? or maybe just more winter, coldness.
    Frozen leaves = time doesn't matter anymore, life is always beaten by winter/death (BUT, when winter ends, spring will come, which would then represent life after death/Heaven).
    laughingandgriefon April 24, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment<3
    chamomileandcomfreyon January 26, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI agree with obrya's brilliant interpretation with one small exception. I don't think there are any freinds waiting on them back home. I believe the friends he speaks of are the ragged crows nearby, the only creatures to witness to their plight
    Regalmanoron April 04, 2011   Link
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    General CommentLove this about Beam's music.. the melody sounds so happy and playful.. but when u listen to the lyrics.. u get a tragic story of a man crying out in dismay as his companion is dying and he can do nothing for her.. the hopelessness of the story is heart wrenching. Beam writes so easily, beautifully and simply about emotions and situations that are incredibly difficult to describe :) what a champion
    MuuCowOfDeathon November 04, 2011   Link
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    General CommentHe said something when playing live about how he used a lot of major chords in this album. The major chords are considered "happy" tones, and sad music in generally in a minor key. He said, and I am paraphrasing, that he basically wanted to couple the "happy" sounding chords with solemn music. He stated this right before he played this song. I like this song more because of that because I think that he was trying to portray a dismal situation in a positive light through his music. Love lasts beyond death and that is a major worry that we won't see our loved ones on the other side. But in life you can't worry about that and even though death is certain we can't get sad about it... So the major chords bring light of death and the tragic situations that we all encounter at some point in our lives. He also hit it on the nose in "Naked as we Came"
    andrewS11on November 16, 2014   Link

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