Was it summer when the river ran dry,
Or was it just another dam.
When the evil of a snowflake in June
Could still be a source of relief.
O how I love you, I once cried long ago,
But I was the one who decided to go.
To search beyond the final crest,
Though I'd heard it said just birds could dwell so high.

So I pretended to have wings for my arms
And took off in the air.
I flew to places which the clouds never see,
Too close to the deserts of sand,
Where a thousand mirages, the shepherds of lies
Forced me to land and take a disguise.
I would welcome a horse's kick to send me back
If I could find a horse not made of sand.

If this desert's all there'll ever be
Then tell me what becomes of me.
A fall of rain?
That must have been another of your dreams,
A dream of mad man moon.

Hey man,
I'm the sand man.
And boy have I news for you;
They're gonna throw you in gaol
And you know they can't fail
''cause sand is thicker than blood.
But a prison in sand
Is a haven in hell,
For a gaol can give you a goal
[and a] goal can find you a role
On a muddy pitch in Newcastle,
Where it rains so much
You can't wait for a touch
Of sun and sand, sun and sand...

Within the valley of shadowless death
They pray for thunderclouds and rain,
But to the multitude who stand in the rain
Heaven is where the sun shines.
The grass will be greener till the stems turn to brown
And thoughts will fly higher till the earth brings them down.
Forever caught in desert lands one has to learn
To disbelieve the sea.

If this desert's all there'll ever be
Then tell me what becomes of me.
A fall of rain?
That must have been another of your dreams,
A dream of mad man moon.

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Mad Man Moon Lyrics as written by Tony Banks


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    General CommentThe song Mad Man Moon, I recall reading, is based on Pilgrims Progress, by John Bunyan. The allegorical journey is pictorial in imagery. It is set in Bedfordshire. The goal in a gaol refers to the time that John Bunyan was incarcerated in Bedford jail. He was an itinerant free non-conformist preacher during the time that such activity was suppressed. The places such as the Slough of Despond, the Valley of Shadowless Death, the City of Gold are all physical locations. If you Google John Bunyan country. Also the map at the beginning of Pilgrims Progress shows many familiar aspects of the song, the Shepherds of Lies etc. I'm a little busy to make a more accurate post, but was irritated to see much wildly speculative innaccurate guesses on this thread. I only found out this foundation for the song, which has meant very much to me, late in my life. Happy to share the things i learned and the inspiration from this beautiful work. May many beings be freed from avoidable suffering
    ven1155556on April 09, 2019   Link

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