"Moonchild" as written by Robert Fripp, Michael Rex Giles, Greg Lake, Ian Mcdonald and Peter John Sinfield....
Call her moonchild
Dancing in the shallows of a river
Lonely moonchild
Dreaming in the shadow
Of the willow.

Talking to the trees of the
Cobweb strange
Sleeping on the steps of a fountain
Weaving silver wands to the
Night-birds song
Waiting for the sun on the mountain.

She's a moonchild
Gathering the flowers in a garden.
Lovely moonchild
Drifting on the echoes of the hours.

Sailing on the wind
In a milk white gown
Dropping circle stones on a sun dial
Playing hide and seek
With the ghosts of dawn
Waiting for a smile from a sun child


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"Moonchild" as written by Ian Mcdonald Greg Lake

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  • +6
    General CommentIt is nice to see so many people appreciate this song
    It is probably easier to understand the song if you concentrate on the ‘Moon’ part of the it and ignore the ‘Child’
    Call her Moonchild
    Dancing in the shallows of a river (The reflection of the Moon dancing in the surface ripples)
    Lonely Moonchild
    Dreaming in the shadow of the willow (Moonlight falling on the base of the willow)
    Talking to the trees of the cobweb strange (Light filtering through the trees and causing strange, cobweb like patterns to fall on the ground)
    Sleeping on the steps of a fountain (Bathing the base of a fountain in light)
    Waving silver wands to the night birds song (Using Moonbeams with which to conduct an orchestra of songs from night birds)
    Waiting for the Sun on a mountain (Standing in silhouette against a mountain backdrop) (the only direct reference to the Moon itself)
    She’s a Moonchild
    Gathering the flowers in the garden (The Moons shadow passing across flowers)
    Lovely Moonchild
    Drifting in the echo of the hours (Marking the passage of time)
    Sailing on the wind in a milk white gown (The Moons glare passing across your vision)
    Dropping circle stones on a Sundial (Causing circular patterns to appear when alighting on a sundial)
    Playing hide and seek with the ghosts of dawn (Changing and elongating the forms of shadows and light as the dawn rises)
    Waiting for a smile from a Sunchild (Waiting for the sunrise so that she can retire)

    The shadows and light play have been used to create an imaginary female creature biding time in a garden and waiting for the Sun to come up. This creates the ‘child’ part of the song
    The combination of these elements and the deeper meanings and moods the song invokes (Loneliness, melancholy) give it the power to create what I call Art or poetry

    malcolmgon March 01, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is some dark dark shit man. bery cool and trippy though reminds me of old pink floyd meets old moody blues.
    Vast334on August 24, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhoa! excellent song. i first heard it while watching Buffalo '66 (good film in my opinion), and instantly fell in love with it, sooooo beautiful. if you've seen the film, you'll find the sound of Christina Ricci's dancing enhances the song, great scene
    PiKueloon March 16, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is my idol. im writting a book with main character moonchild. although i'm not sure dear peter sinfield actually wanted to give a deeper meaning than a fairytale to this song... maybe... Call her moonchild, dancing in the shallows of a river. Lonely moonchild, dreaming in the shadow of the willow.(...) waiting for a smile of a sunchild... waiting for a predestined love?
    Firewitchon April 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's as simple as "malcolmg" said

    The Moonchild is the moonshine
    Istead of imagining a person , you simply have to imagine moonshine in the river, on the willow ect.
    And the moon is waiting for the sund to rise.

    It's a wonderfull way to describe the moon.
    HuntingBears11on May 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery very true
    moe2000on May 31, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is simply astonishing.... and the lyrics are so magical...
    HighwayStaron August 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe yellow jester does not play
    But gently pulls the strings

    That's how the LONG instrumental part sounds to me.
    InspectorMustacheon September 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is life
    laureleion October 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis seems to be an introduciton to the "late man's" dream... wihich culminates in the title track. Maybe a fantastical representation of the late man? His thought is only recognized by few and out of society, htus in the night. And he is waiting for recognition from the people of society , or the "sun child".
    cronoyuhaon February 05, 2006   Link

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