"Moon Song" as written by and Coslow/johnston....
Hold me close
I hate you the most
When you are the only one
(Never could) forgotten one
I can hear you dear
I wish that I was never born
When you are the only one

You come to me
(Thoughts and) I can't see
You're never real, you're pretend to me
When I'm with you
I don't know what to do
Don't come back soon, I don't want you to
When you are the only one

Hold my hand
But understand
You are the hated one
And you are the only one
You can look
And you can touch
That's why it's never fun
When you are the only one

If they could see
What you have done to me
You will not be the only one
You come back soon
Breaking up the room
And soon you'll be the forgotten one
And to her the only one
Only one
Now you'll be forgotten one


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"Moon Song" as written by Arthur Johnston Sam Coslow

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    General CommentI'm coming back to the song because it has even more personal meaning now.

    Yeah, it's just all about being in love and obsessed with someone who is completely destructive to your well-being.

    You can love this person so much, yet hate them with almost the same entirety. You say you'll leave it all behind, since you know it's so bad and that you deserve better, but the obsession for this person who you think is "the only one" makes it nearly impossible.

    I can sense all the hatred he feels in this song towards the one he loves and possibly towards himself for having these feelings and conflicts. Sometimes, love stinks.


    vlaric, nice two cents on the song. I'll say it counts for a little more than two cents, though. ;D
    Psychedeliaon March 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about hating the one you love, the bad things this love bring are horrible yet, it's the "only one" real love you have or see.
    MarvanoFrancoon July 02, 2011   Link
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    General Commentbloody valentine now thats some good gothic music, i dont know about everyone else but that shit puts me to sleep. his voice gives me chills and the lyrics brings the sensation through the body!
    versuson October 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI've had so many guesses as to what this song is about, that it'd take me far too long to type them out

    hell, last night I thought it might be about a dead girl.

    I don't really think so now though
    kijimaon April 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about being obsessed with someone you don't really know well, who comes around sporadically, so you can't see everything about them, just the image of them you've made in your mind.

    I think the part about "the only one" means that this person is the only one the speaker can love.
    xcatson March 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSeems to me that he's both obsessed yet loathes the idea of loving this girl. She's like a bad drug. Makes him feel good at times, yet so terrible at others that he hates himself. And he knows she'll be "the only one" because he can't seem to give her up. She's just an obsession he wants to get over already.
    Psychedeliaon May 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPsychadelia pretty much got it. She makes him feel horrible but he needs her; she's the 'only one' for him, or possibly the only one he thinks he can have.

    Hold me close
    -I need you, I love you, let's be together

    I can hear you dear
    -Kind of confusing line to me; he calls her 'dear' in this, so there may be some sort of feeling of affection in this line towards her. Maybe he hears her calling for him?



    I hate you the most
    When you are the only one
    -She treats him badly, he hates it. He hates it the most, knowing that shes the only one.

    (Never could) forgotten one
    -He wishes he could forget her. But in reality, he's still in the same horrible situation. He could never bring himself to leave and forget about her.

    I wish that I was never born
    When you are the only one
    -He wishes that he wasn't born so he wouldn't have to experience this feeling of dependency and affection towards the 'only one' for him.

    You come to me
    (Thoughts that) I can't see
    -She comes to him with thoughts that he doesn't know about, or he doesn't know what she's been lying about/ telling the truth about. This could also mean she may be hiding something, cheating on him, using him as a toy/ playing games with him, etc. Whatever you interpret it as.

    You're never real
    You're pretend to me
    -She's never truthful about her affection or anything she says. She's practically pretend(false) to him because he knows that she never says anything truthful/that she means. In other words, he knows she isn't real, and she might as well be called 'imaginary', because shes never true to him.

    When I'm with you
    I don't know what to do
    -He doesn't know whether he should get angry at her for all of the things she does or could be too afraid of that. He's unsure whether he should love her or hate her, but it's obvious that he clings to her anyway.

    Don't come back soon
    I don't want you to
    When you are the only one
    -Pretty self explanatory. He doesn't want to see her anytime soon because she still is the only one. Then again, she is the only one. So he does feel affection towards her but knows that if she comes she'll do the same thing all over again.

    Hold my hand
    But understand
    You are the hated one
    And you are the only one
    -He loves her, he wants her to hold his hand. He has a lot of affection towards her. But he doesn't like what she does, what she acts like, or something along those lines. So he's trying to make her understand that she is the hated one, but the only one that he could ever have/ the only one that he wants to be with.

    You can look
    And you can touch
    That's why it's never fun
    When you are the only one
    -She can do everything. She can look/touch other guys, she can cheat on him or flirt with other people with no consequence because he needs her, and she knows that he won't leave. It's never fun doing anything intimate with her perhaps, or never fun in the relationship. Because she's still the only one; his only love, his only partner.

    If they could see
    What you have done to me
    You will not be the only one
    -If everyone else in the world knew what he was going through, he'd have someone else better for him. She wouldn't be his only friend/companion because others would come to him for support.

    You come back soon
    Breaking up the room
    And soon you'll be the forgotten one
    -She came back soon and destroyed what he had. Maybe this is one of the points where he's realized that he has to go, soon she'll be the forgotten one and he'll leave her.

    And (to her) the only one
    Only one
    (Now you'll be) forgotten one
    -This line makes me think that the song is written from the girl speaking about the guy, which may be completely possible, depending on how you interpret it. Anyway, and (to her/him) the only one means that soon she/he will be gone and will be someone elses only one. This is the point where the person of the story finally says now you'll be the forgotten one, I'm leaving. Goodbye.

    That's just my 2 cents on the song.
    vlaricon August 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentXCATS pretty much nailed it...Psychadelia wasn't too far off the mark either. Obviously, Psych thought about this song quite a bit. Good stuff.
    rocket426on March 28, 2008   Link
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    General Commentit's like a deconstruction/parody of the archetypal pop song with lyrics about love. as if Kevin said, Hey I think I'll write a "hate song" instead of a "love song," that might be interesting

    this subversion of pop-song convention often seems to be what MBV's songwriting is all about. here, they took it to its extreme.
    foreverdroneon June 17, 2012   Link
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    My Interpretation"Hold me close, I hate you the most" - contrast of feelings

    "When you are the only one, (Never could) forgotten one" - the only one person A ever cared about and the only one they believe they can be with is person B

    "I can hear you dear. I wish that I was never born, when you are the only one" - he/she understand's what person A is saying but disregards it. They wish they were never born in order to avoid these feelings.

    "You come to me, (Thoughts and) I can't see" - when person B is around, person A can't think of anything else

    "You're never real, you're pretend to me" - either person A is mentally ill and are starting to believe that person B is a figment of their imagination or person A is reluctant to believe things that person B is saying because they seem fake.

    "When I'm with you, I don't know what to do" - again, when person A is with person B they cannot concentrate/focus.

    "Don't come back soon, I don't want you to. When you are the only one" - Person A wants to be around person B all the time but they resent themselves for having such an obsession. Or person B was otherwise occupied and person A is bitter about the rejection

    "You can look And you can touch. That's why it's never fun, When you are the only one" - there's no excitement. Rather than "you can look but you can't touch" this person can do whatever they want

    Last paragraph to me suggests a breakup

    "If they could see What you have done to me" - person B has messed up person A completely

    "You come back soon Breaking up the room" - they want them back but they're imagining how it could all go wrong again
    mehehehon October 03, 2013   Link

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