"Harvest Moon" as written by and Regine Schmidt....
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  • +5
    General CommentMy wife LOVES to dance to this tune... and I have to admit I do too. We've been married 23 years, and I think it's become OUR song. The sound is so INCREDIBLE, the lyric is so honest and simple... it exudes ROMANCE. Definitely one of Neil's best!
    RayManon September 12, 2008   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationI think TheSilverNoble is right when he says that the song is about two individuals who used to be lovers but kept in contact and are now experiencing a Harvest Moon together. The line "When we were lovers, I loved you with all my heart" says it all.

    You can remain in contact with a lover even though you both have gone your own ways. That love changes from when you were both actually living together and expressing that love with each other but just because you are no longer together does not mean that love is dead. It continues on and a bond can remain for your whole lives.

    This song is about when your paths now cross again and the memories of your love together rises to the current moment. They are dancing under the Harvest moon knowing that when the moment passes they will still go in separate directions, either that evening or the next morning but when they do part that love between them will still be tucked away in their soul's back pocket.
    lazyesqon September 26, 2010   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI agree with the above comment by lazyesq. "When we were lovers, I loved you with all my heart" clarifies that the relationship is in the past.

    This song is not about a marriage or couple, but rather an all-consuming (perhaps unrequited) love that still exists. I believe the harvest moon parallels a calendar year to the seasons of life...suggesting that his life is soon ending. He is reflecting upon this intense love that he still feels in his older years for a person he wishes to be with again, even if briefly for a single evening/dance.

    Another line: "Just like children sleepin', We could dream this night away" is also being interpreted too literally. I feel that this just also correlates to the fact that years have passed between their being together, and he wants their reuniting to be wondrous, ethereal - such like childlike dreams.

    I understand this song as a deep love that will always exist, though the two involved were separated and probably always will be. I do not think the separation is particularly desired by either party.
    soillusoryon September 27, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Comment
    What makes the song heartbreakingly beautiful is his desire to "dance in the light"...what little light they have left. Moonlight is not as bright as the fire of the sun (i.e.,the fires of passionate love, the fires of youth) but it reflect the sun's light back to us when we are in darkness; even if it can't warm us, it reminds us the sun once shined.

    And there is definitely the melancholy of missing someone, even if you still sleep in the same bed with them. With "I want to see you dance again" he is saying it has been too long since she danced, smiled, or enjoyed being alive. He wants her to be happy again, as happy and carefree as they were years ago. If he just wanted to watch her and adore her grace and beauty one last time the words would be "I want to see you dance once more" or "some more."
    tippetchkaon February 11, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song speaks for itself... it just makes me feel all warm and nostalgic...very awesome song.
    rosene_80on June 15, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI am ASTONISHED that this song has only TWO comments. This is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. Ever. It deserves so much more recognition.
    fugazion February 07, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love the sweetness and simplicity of this song...the soft sweeping of the broom in the background..the tenderness in Neil's voice. Neil Young is my husband's favorite singer, and as we were dating I learned more of Neil's songs. We picked this song as "our song". It was the first song we danced to at our wedding, and I must admit, three years into our marriage, the song still brings tears to my eyes when I hear it. Almost as if Neil wrote it for little ol' us. :o)
    jennywoon April 23, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhile I realize it's silly to chastise someone for something they said almost a year ago...
    Sveden, why did you come onto this song's page and say all that? You didn't even say why you didn't like the song, you just said "it's a lame, wussy song." I'm sorry, but acting like having feelings is lame doesn't make you cool. Stop. And what's with the list? I could probably name 50 songs I like better than this one too. But guess what, I didn't come into this or any other topic and do it, because it's obnoxious.


    I think most other people got it. It sort of has an immediate meaning, I think. That he does just want to dance. He's been with this person a long time, I think, perhaps has even married them and had kids. But he's still in love with them, and still loves to dance.
    It may have a longer term meaning as well. Certainly a Harvest Moon is red, which could indicate blood and death. However, if we're using the day as a metaphor for their life, wouldn't it make more sense for it to end when the sun goes down? And why would he want to dance just as the moon comes up? I'm not sure I'm with this theory.

    The only other thought I might have is that he's visiting a old lover, someone he's not with but managed to stay on good terms with. The "when we were strangers..." verse all seems to be in past tense, including the "when we were lovers." This could mean that all that is in the past, yeah?
    I'm not sure i really believe that, but I think it's worth considering.
    TheSilverNobleon March 19, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentFirst came across this song in the early 90's when my now wife had first got together. Our 13th year to together hit an all time low with us very nearly splitting up. I was looking through CD's which have and came across this track again, the lyrics seem so right about how i feel for my wife now and with with 3 lovely children and 1 great stepson our 14th year looks to be the best yet. This song is for you Mary x
    Elmos2ron July 19, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat Song. The meaning is pretty clear and the song speaks for itself. As I was listening to it, I imagined myself dancing slowly in the mountains on a late summer night with my crush. Wussy, probably, but who cares. It takes a man to admit he has a wussy side.
    glorifiedg79on July 16, 2007   Link

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