"Black Moon" as written by and Jeff Tweedy....
I was always right
About the morning
Okay, I'm an old shoe
Danced above the blades
Never stopped crawling
Over the black dunes

And I'm waiting
For you
Waiting forever
Are you awake now too?

I am always one
Without a warning
Whole days
Reappear
Lift away
Past the gate
Desert keeps forming
Underneath the black moon

And I'm waiting
For you
Waiting forever
Are you awake now too?


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"Black Moon" as written by Jeff Tweedy

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    General CommentMy perspective, and everyone's post sound's a lot better than mine. But the way I see it, or hear it, is that he has been doing his own thing for so long, that now he's ready to commit, and now he or she is skeptical. Meaning he is ready to get over everything he has done but she might not be there yet. Past the gate desert keeps forming, all obstacle. He might be finished but she's not so sure. But like everyone has said before "music should be interpreted by your own meaning. That is what makes this site great, is that everyone can state their opinion and no one is a asshole, just open to others' interpretation.
    payton February 01, 2012   Link
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    General CommentKinda surprised nobody's said this yet, but I interpreted the lines "I was always right about the morning" and

    And I'm waiting
    For you
    Waiting forever
    Are you awake now too?

    as being about an insomniac waiting for his restfully sleeping companion to wake up.

    And the musics's so somnambulistic besides.
    NankerPhelgeon November 26, 2012   Link
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    MemoryYes...Wilco is great, I am drawn to Jeff Tweedy's lyrical poetry in the same way, years ago, I was affected by Jim Morrisson's poetry... kinda dark but beautiful in a sweetly sad way. Very striking to me are the lines "And I'm waiting for you...Waiting forever..for you to wake now, too... These words may be speaking to, not another person, but to his real self, speaking to the constructed self that needs to awake. I love poetry and Wilco!
    iameasyrideron September 30, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like the metaphor about him being an old shoe, but what does it mean!? He's basically
    "admitting" to it as if he's being accused...
    KT339on October 02, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd I'm wating
    For you
    Waiting forever
    Are you awake now too?

    My initial perspective was that of an individual lamenting about not having yet met someone who has really been able to connect with them. It seems they are singing to a fictional individual in hopes they might actually exist, unfortunately it may not be in the right time or place as the singer.

    And upon later reflection, it may be also about waiting for a loved one after death, on the other side. Or perhaps it is about reincarnation of a loved one.
    pcwebbjron January 25, 2012   Link
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    General CommentAnd I'm wating
    For you
    Waiting forever
    Are you awake now too?

    My initial perspective was that of an individual lamenting about not having yet met someone who has really been able to connect with them. It seems they are singing to a fictional individual in hopes they might actually exist, unfortunately it may not be in the right time or place as the singer.

    And upon later reflection, it may be also about waiting for a loved one after death, on the other side. Or perhaps it is about reincarnation of a loved one.
    pcwebbjron January 25, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy impression of this song is that its about someone who is in a long-distance relationship.

    The line:

    "And I'm waiting
    for you
    Waiting forever
    Are you awake now too?"

    can be interpreted as having to align schedules with someone who is living in a different time zone. They protagonist is staying up to see if their love is also awake, so that they can phone (Skyep, WhatsApp, FaceTime) each other.

    "I am always one
    Without a warning
    Whole days
    Reappear
    Lift away"

    This can be interpreted as constantly reliving memories and experiences the protagonist shared with their lover. Something as simple as a smell may trigger the memory of their time together.

    Whatever the song is about, it is clearly a piece of rock/folk gold. The ambiguity of the lyrics allow every listener to have a unique experience, piecing together their own story, with the help of a beautiful voice ,and hauntingly sonorous band.

    Thanks for the great music, Wilco!
    lvlieropon October 18, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song seems genius to me.

    At first, i thought the first lines, "i was always right about the morning," referred something coming to past and being able to say "i saw this outcome coming" (dawn or morning usually refers to when everything comes into light. I thought he was trying to say that when all has come to light, i always knew this was going to be the outcome.) But then, you get to the line "i am always one without a warning" and it seems to completely contradict the first interpretation. How can you see something coming, be right about the outcome, and then say you are always the one blindsided?

    Then i looked at the rest of the song a little closer and realized it's structure. The story of this song is split in half. The entire top half is referring how things used to be, how the author used to see things, and how nearsighted he was, and the bottom half refers to realities of where he is now, and what he sees ahead of him. You see this in the word structure of "I WAS always" in the top, as apposed to "I AM always" in the bottom.

    Danced above the blades
    Never stopped crawling
    Over the black dunes

    He's saying he thought he used to dance above the negatives, like he missed the bad things, (unless "blades" refers to grass) happy, light, blissful, but is now realizing he never even got on his feet. I'd think that black dunes refers to hills to climb and dark periods in life. He never actually got over something in his life, and these lines:

    And I'm waiting
    For you
    Waiting forever
    Are you awake now too?

    refer to a person he hasn't gotten past. He's asking if she has come to the same realizations he has ("are you awake now too?"). He wants to know if she is hung up on him too, but he's waiting forever regardless of whether she is waiting for him because he can't get over her.

    Now we get to where he has arrived in life. In this last half he's talking about how he didn't have things as figured out as he used to. He's found himself in a completely different place than he could have anticipated.

    I am always one
    Without a warning

    He's realizing he doesn't have things figured out, and he never did. There were always things he didn't foresee with this person.

    Whole days
    Reappear

    He's looking back at events with this person and seeing them differently now that time has past and realizing the mistakes, and signs of downfall he missed.

    Lift away
    Past the gate
    Desert keeps forming
    Underneath the black moon

    Now looking ahead, instead of feeling like he knows what's out there, he knows he's lost his way. "Desert" could refer back to the "black dunes" as he's realizing what's in front of him, or it could just refer to the desolate unknown that seems to keep forming under his feet as he ventures out, but this time all alone. The black moon is referring to how alone, lost, and unenlightened he is. It's just him, this desert, and his hills to climb, now dawn or morning to come to light, but he's still waiting for this person.


    It's a complicated interpretation, and i don't know if it is right, but that's how i see it. Songs like this could mean a lot of things, and people tend to see themselves in them if they can relate to the song, so that might be what i'm doing here. I can also see this being about fighting depression, or drugs, or anything really negative in your life that involves some kind of struggle, or back and forth, but this is the interpretation that i've decided on.
    ME68on April 26, 2014   Link

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