"Who Killed Mr. Moonlight?" as written by Daniel Gaston Ash, Kevin Haskins, David Jay and Peter John Murphy....
Consider green lakes
And the idocy of clocks
Someone shot nostalgia in the back
Someone shot our innocence

A broken arrow in a bloody pool
The in the face
Of midnight proposals
Someone shot nostalgia in the back
Someone shot our innocence

In the shadow of his smile
In the shadow of his smile
In the shadow of his smile
In the shadow of his smile

All our dreams have melted down
We are hiding in the bushes
From dead men
Doing Douglas Fairbanks' stunts

All our stories burnt
Our films lost in the rushes
We can't paint any pictures
As the moon had all our brushes

Extracting wasps from stings in flight
Who killed Mr. Moonlight?
Who killed Mr. Moonlight
In the shadow of his smile
Who killed Mr. Moonlight
In the shadow of his smile



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"Who Killed Mr. Moonlight" as written by David Jay Daniel Gaston Ash

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  • +3
    General CommentAlways thought this was about the murder of John Lennon, for some reason...
    peter.puckon August 12, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentDeath of innocence. The realization you aren't immortal. See Douglas Fairbanks.
    Wonder Nedon August 26, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentNot just goth rock, but the post-Romantic/Surrealist approach to art in general...the moon, in occult tradition (or even just in poetic tradition) is a symbol of inspiration; moonlight promises the unveiling of mysteries.
    maddsurgeonon May 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think i agree with x____Fucktard

    a really good song, in my opinion.
    TheHumanFlyon May 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought that it was "idiocy" rather than "diary" of clocks. Yes, David J sang this and he is amazing but I still prefer Peter Murphy's voice.
    Maddsurgeon, you're bang on.
    This was on their last album before they went their seperate ways and focused on different projects.
    ikkunaprincessaon August 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOn the version of this song I have it says

    "Consider green lakes
    and the diary of clocks
    Someone shot nostalgia in the back
    Someone shot our innocence
    and all our colors have run"
    ikkunaprincessaon August 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenton the sleeve notes on my cd which has copies of the lyrics as was initially written it says

    'consider green lakes
    and the idiocy of clocks
    someone shot nostalgia in the back
    someone shot our innocence'

    one of my favorite tracks from the first Bauhaus album I heard
    sanityassassinon November 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah...trust the sleeve notes...i've got the same ones from burning from the inside
    theblanknoteon December 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust listen good to when he starts talking there is a big difference between idiocy and diary. imao he says idiocy
    Whenon November 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis can't be about the "death of goth rock", goth rock didn't really "die" until the 90s. The Sisters of Mercy were barely around by the time this was written, and goth rock didn't become a widely used term until later in the 80s(In a recent interview, Peter Murphy thinks it wasn't used until the 90s, presumably used for bands like Switchblade symphony, but he's probably purposely bullshitting).

    Even the original Post Punk scene that Bauhaus were a part of wasn't dead by then, that didn't fully end until '86 at least.

    It's possible it's about the band ending, though. Which is a bit premature since they're releasing their "Real" last album next march...
    Roseweaveon November 16, 2007   Link

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