"Moonchild" as written by and Chris Cornell....
Open your arms to the lonely shine
Lonesome as gold in a poor man's smile
See how the moon is full
Follow the push and pull
Follow the ebb and flow in the breathing tide

Come on moonchild, you're so far away tonight
The door is falling open and we're flying wild

Cat on the road, down in the living night
See how the black dog grins
In the diamond light
We're dreaming and we're real
We're broken and we're healed
Give in to what you feel over what you see

Come on moonchild, you're so far away tonight
The door is falling open and we're flying wild
Come on moon flower
You're so far away from now
You could bloom forever in the hour

And when if is only yes and no
And now becomes too soon
I know you'll be alright if you only
Come away to the moon
Come away to the moon
In the blue shine

Come on moonchild, you're so far away tonight
The door is falling open and we're flying wild
Come on moon flower
You're so far away from now
You could bloom forever in the hour


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"Moonchild" as written by Chris Cornell

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    General CommentHm...
    Well, I've always thought it was about this freedom... where you stop thinking about your troubles and leave them far behind. And you live in the moment, freely.
    "We're dreaming and we're real, we're broken and we're healed
    Give in to what you feel over what you see"
    It' like, I know that my pain won't go away, I realize it's there, but there's more to life than just seeing your pain. You have to let go sometimes. And instead of thinking of the consequences an worrying about how you look, just trust in the good feelings.

    Heh, sorry if it doesn't make much sense to anyone else, it's a hard thing to describe.
    CaptainKatton January 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhat does Moonchild mean??
    Jilkerenon June 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIts about the problem of chasing the giant carrot in front of you. Whatever that carrot may be (money, dreams, goals etc). I think its trying to explain that you should appreciate things more for what they are, not for what you want them to be.

    "Open your arms to the lonely shine" - Something that appears to be brilliant, but instead makes you lonely.

    "Lonesome as gold in a poor man's smile" - Two parts to this. The pursuit of gold makes you lonely - and you are belittled by it. Unlike a poor man, who we assume has more accessible and immediate pleasures.

    "Follow the ebb and flow in the breathing tide" - Suggesting you should follow something that we see as breathing. Which assumes that at the moment you are not breathing (living).

    "Cat on the road, down in the living night" - We think of night time as dead or immobile compared with the day time. He is perhaps saying that the emptiness of the night leads to greater exploration of your own mind and passions (like a cat).

    "See how the black dog grins in the diamond light" - 'Black dog' is a metaphor for depression. This line could suggest that depression thrives in the World of glamor and riches.

    "We're dreaming and we're real, we're broken and we're healed" - This perhaps describes delusion. You think your living in reality, but really your living and buying into dreams. You can think what your doing is for the better (healing you), but really it could be a bad choice (its breaking you). It also works vise versa in the way you could look at others. People who we see as broken, like the poor man - could have life the right way (so are healing). People who we think live in the clouds and don't get anything done, could be people who are actually more in touch with reality than you are.

    "Give in to what you feel over what you see" - He could be trying to tell you to live for whats around now rather than what is in the future. Also, it doubles as an emotional suggestion. Do what you feel like at the moment rather than what you think others want you to do.

    "And when if is only yes and no, and now becomes too soon" - He may be looking at how we think of abstract words. The word 'if' means that you are referring to something which hasn't happened. He is perhaps saying that by thinking 'it either will (yes) or won't (no)' is narrow minded. He is maybe suggesting we should not try to determine or assume what is ahead, but deal with it when it gets here. The second part focuses on the word 'now'. You can't get any sooner than now, so if now becomes to soon then it is impossible to achieve.

    "You could bloom forever in the hour" - We associate forever as in from the start of time to the end of time. Or with the start of our life and the end of it. Therefore we may think that it takes forever to 'bloom' - which could include a number of things such as happiness or sense of achievement. What he says is you could bloom forever in the space of just an hour. Which says to me that forever is an imaginary length of time, a concept that shouldn't really exist. It also says that you could technically achieve exactly the same level of happiness or achievement now as at the end of your life.

    "The door is falling open and we're flying wild" - It could mean a number of things depending on which side of the door you are standing on. Its the door between two ways of life. The free life he suggests and the average persons 'pursuit' and goal orientated life. If we can assume he has taken on this free way of life 'we' could mean that 'we are flying freely over this side - in any direction we want!' or if he is saying we as in on the other side it could mean 'we are going insane (wild)'.

    "Come on moonchild, you're so far away tonight"
    "I know you'll be alright if you only come away to the moon"

    - The moon is far away from Earth. You first assume that he is telling you to come back down to Earth because your 'on a different planet'. However his later line suggests that the Earth is linked with materialism and this pursuit of what shouldn't matter yet. It also suggests that the Earth holds places built by other people (not us personally). He could be saying that we should set our minds upon a blank canvas (like the moon) with which we can build our own World. The 'Moon and Earth' could be referring to the World of our minds.

    So to be an 'Earthchild' would mean your living under somebody elses preconceived idea of a World. To be a 'Moonchild' would be to design your own way of life.

    You may not agree with some things, but I hope that helps you understand the meaning of these lyrics.
    dartfon October 12, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationHe is saying stop thinking and just do what you feel. She is "far away" in her thoughts because she is worried about something. I think he is talking about living in the moment and giving into those primal urges ;) Moonlight is seductive.
    AquariuSaraon November 28, 2014   Link

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