The Waterboys, “The Whole Of The Moon” and Hello 2018!

A Happy New Year to everyone who visits here.

Since I’ve taken to posting on a Monday, I will make this offering the next in my “full moon” series, as the first lunar spectacle of 2018 should appear in our night skies tomorrow, the 2nd January. Since starting this series we’ve had the Beaver Moon in November and the Cold Moon in December. January is the month of the Wolf Moon, again taken from the Native Americans as it used to appear in the sky when wolves were howling in hunger, outside their villages.

And here is where I get to share the song I have most looked forward to revisiting since starting this series – The Whole Of The Moon by The Waterboys. No need to wait until tomorrow to attempt an amateurish shot of the Wolf Moon then, as the picture in this clip is pretty special in itself.

The Whole Of The Moon by The Waterboys:

Appropriate that this song should feature at the time of year often associated with the Scots and Hogmanay as it was written by a native of Edinburgh, lead Waterboy Mike Scott. The Whole Of The Moon was first released in 1985 but only achieved moderate success in the charts. By the time The Waterboys had released their greatest hits album in 1991, Celtic Rock was in the ascendance so when re-released the song reached the No. 3 position in the UK Singles Chart. The early Waterboys sound was often referred to as “The Big Music” after a song on their second album. That sound either influenced or was used to very aptly describe a number of other Scottish or Irish bands who specialised in anthemic music at that time – U2, Simple Minds, Big Country and the Hothouse Flowers.

Some great lines in this song, my favourite being this one, “I saw the rain dirty valley, you saw Brigadoon” – It sums up how we’d all like to be in life, but not always easy to get into that mindset. I really wish I could always see Brigadoon rather than the rain dirty valley and I also wish that I could always see the whole of the moon rather than just the crescent but hey, I’m only human, and we humans can get bogged down in the detail sometimes losing the ability to see the big picture.

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Gene and Cyd in Brigadoon

Now we come to the point, for the benefit for those of you who visit here regularly, where I make my excuses as to why I might not be able to spend as much time on the blogosphere for a wee while. Against all the odds I seem to have landed myself a new job doing just the kind of work I enjoy, based locally and as flexible as it gets in terms of the hours. I should start on Wednesday but as of this last weekend it has become apparent that my mum can no longer live on her own so I find myself in the position of becoming her carer until we get something more permanent in place – In the short term, not going to be easy to juggle those two very different demands on my time.

So, “What’s It All About?” – Life never trundles along in a nice smooth pattern. I have, by my own admission, not had quite enough to do over the last few months, but all of a sudden I now have too much. I didn’t want to hang up my chapeau de bloggeur earlier in the year but things change, so the hat stand might be needed after all. Apologies if I miss out on any of your posts over the next few weeks but 2018 looks as if it’s going to be challenging, I can tell. Once everything settles down my blogging mojo will no doubt return.

In the meantime, remember to look out for that full moon tomorrow night – As Mike Scott implied in his lyrics, he who sees the whole of the moon as opposed to just the crescent, is a lucky man.

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The Whole Of The Moon Lyrics
(Song by Mike Scott)

I pictured a rainbow
You held it in your hands
I had flashes
You saw the plan
I wandered out in the world for years
While you just stayed in your room
I saw the crescent
You saw the whole of the moon
The whole of the moon

You were there in the turnstiles
With the wind at your heels
You stretched for the stars
And you know how it feels
To reach too high
Too far
Too soon
You saw the whole of the moon

I was grounded
While you filled the skies
I was dumbfounded by truth
You cut through lies
I saw the rain dirty valley
You saw, “Brigadoon”
I saw the crescent
You saw the whole of the moon

I spoke about wings
You just flew
I wondered, I guessed and I tried
You just knew
I sighed
But you swooned
I saw the crescent
You saw the whole of the moon
The whole of the moon
The whole of the moon

The torch in your pocket
And the wind on your heels
You climbed on a ladder
And you know how it feels
To reach too high
Too far
Too soon
You saw the whole of the moon
The whole of the moon

Unicorns and cannonballs
Palaces and Piers
Trumpets, towers, and tenements
Wide oceans full of tears

Flags, rags, ferryboats
Scimitars and scarves
Every precious dream and vision
Underneath the stars

Yes, you climbed on the ladder
With the wind in your sails
You came like a comet
Blazing your trail

Too high (too high)
Too far (too far)
Too soon (too soon)
You saw the whole of the moon
The whole of the moon
Yeah, you saw the whole of the moon

Author: Alyson

Whenever I hear an old song on the radio, I am immediately transported back to those days - I know I'm not alone here and want to record those memories for myself and for the people in them. 50 years ago the song "Alfie" was recorded for the film of the same name and I'm hoping that by writing this blog, I might finally work out the answer to his question, "What's it all about?"

27 thoughts on “The Waterboys, “The Whole Of The Moon” and Hello 2018!”

  1. Happy New Year, Alyson – and best of luck in your new job, and new role as a carer. I hope all goes well.

    I seem to remember reading years ago that The Whole Of The Moon was about John Lennon and Mike’s frustrations that he would never be the songwriter Lennon was. Although I’ve also seen that disputed elsewhere, so who knows?

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    1. A very Happy New Year to you too Rol and the rest of the family. As for the new job it will only happen if I can work out how to look after my mum’s needs at the same time! Tough times ahead in the short term but a real slice of life.

      As for Mike and John Lennon, I can see how that could be one interpretation of the lyrics but not one I’d read about when looking into the song a bit more. Hope all goes well with your blog in the new year – Apologies if I don’t have time to drop by as much but I doubt if I’ll be able to refrain from Saturday Snapshots.

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  2. Happy New Year to you and your family, Alyson. Sorry to hear about the Emergency visit to hospital though . . . your Mom, I assume?

    I’m very sad to hear that you won’t be a regular poster/visitor for some time to come, but we all understand that real life must take priority. I’ll look forward to your return! In my case, at least 50% will be re-posts this year, as I just seem to have lost some of MY “mojo.”

    All the best, and I hope you enjoy your new job!

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    1. Happy New Year Marie – Yes it was my mum at A&E but as expected they were very busy so didn’t really get to the bottom of what happened – will have to wait until everything opens again on Wednesday. As for the blogging I know you find it hard to stay away for long as well, but this time I’ll have to be very disciplined or else the rest of my life will implode! I will try and keep these monthly “moon” posts going however as not too onerous. All the best for 2018.

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  3. A Happy New Year to you and yours, Alyson. And all the best as main carer for your mum.

    Thanks for an uplifting opening to 2018 with “The Whole Of The Moon”. Love that song and the title track “This Is The Sea” – both songs to make your spirits soar.

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    1. Yes Happy New Year to you too. Thanks for the best wishes as well as not going to be easy.

      As for Whole Of The Moon, it really is “big music” isn’t it so does make your spirits soar indeed.

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  4. Happy New Year to you Alyson. So sorry to hear that things haven’t been so easy over this festive period and that you now find yourself with so many demands on you and your time – indeed life is rarely linear and balance so hard to achieve. Wishing you all the very best, you can only do so much and must take care of yourself in order to be of help to others too (well, I know you know that and don’t wish to sound bossy, just thinking about you!), so I hope you’ll get enough downtime one way or another for all your sakes. As for the kitchen – having had ours (and bathroom) finally brought up to date 3 years ago I understand the disruption of it all but oh how lovely it will be when done, I’m sure, so something to look forward to at least. And re. the moon – I was hoping you’d do your lunar post as I’d read about this Wolf Moon and I love the name, so it’s good to read about it and top track choice too. Got some worries of my own about my dad at the moment which I’m trying not to let get to me but if all else fails – well, we can always howl at the moon 🙂

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    1. Happy New Year to you too C and to Mr SDS. I thought you were having similar issues at the moment – Not easy as can’t be planned for until they happen and then there is that limbo period when you have to cope on your own until some professional help kicks in. I really want this new job to work out but the timing just couldn’t be worse. As for the new kitchen, again the timing couldn’t have been worse but as you say it will be worth it when finished.

      Re the Wolf Moon, not quite full yet but still looks pretty impressive in our skies tonight – Look out for it tomorrow night and then like me, partake in a bit of howling. Could be therapeutic!

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  5. Happy New Year Alyson
    Sorry to hear about your mum – it’s a tough one when it becomes clear that they can no longer live independently.
    Blogging can go on the back burner until you get the more important things sorted.
    Take care

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    1. Yes Happy New Year.

      As for my mum, yes it is a tough one indeed and as a life-long office wallah, not really very well-equipped to cope. Mr WIAA’s dad ended up in hospital for most of the last 2 years of his life which was awful but paid for by the NHS. I now understand the unfairness of the dementia tax as of course in my mum’s case the care will have to be paid for. Both paid their dues during their working lives but hey ho – A broken system.

      As for the blogging, I just wanted to let you all know why I might not have the time to visit your blogs. Hopefully things will settle down in due course.

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  6. Happy New Year, Alyson. That’s a wonderful song to begin the year with. Congratulations on the new job…I hope it’s as enjoyable as you want it to be, or more so…and best of luck with your mum and any other obstacles that present themselves. I know all too well that “life never trundles along in a nice smooth pattern” (well-stated). We just keep plugging away and do our best to find as much time as possible for the people/things we love. Good luck with the renovations. Here’s to a great…or at least a positively interesting…2018. 😀

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    1. Happy New Year to you too Rich – Great song as you say and fitted in with my full moon series!

      The new job will only be possible now if I can find a way of looking after my mum. We forget that when the time comes we have to look after them just as they looked after us when we were small, but not easy, and you never know when that might happen so can’t plan for it. As I said life never trundles along in a nice smooth pattern.

      Hope you enjoy your newly renovated house – we are just about to begin and at the moment I can’t see the whole of the moon at all! Apologies if I miss anything you post but going to try and concentrate on other things for a while outwith the blogosphere. At least I got to the end of FYF – It was a blast.

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  7. What great timing again, Alyson. I just picked up a copy of that Waterboys best-of CD last week at a library sale (for all of one dollar!) and got re-acquainted with this great song. Also, I was driving east on a wide-open highway on Jan. 1st with the Super Moon (aka Wolf Moon) just as it was rising. So I was driving straight at this huge moonrise for almost 30 minutes. What an awesome sight. Happy New Year to you and your family!

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    1. Happy New Year Rick – Yes we seem to be on the same wavelength at the moment in terms of our viewing and listening habits!

      Glad to hear you saw that moon earlier in the week – It didn’t appear in our skies until last night but was pretty spectacular.

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  8. I often go to concerts, sometimes out of curiosity. Usually it was worth the time, even if I don’t see the band ever again nor buy any recordings. Occasionally, I go out of curiosity and find the band quite good and put at least some of their stuff on my list of things to buy. A Waterboys concert a year or two ago was such an experience. Another was Oysterband.

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    1. Yes The Waterboys seem to be still going strong which is great – A few different styles of music over the years but good you managed to go and see them and enjoyed the experience.

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      1. Yes, the moon was a treat, emerged from behind some clouds while I was out. For a while I thought it was the sun behind the clouds because so bright!

        Good luck with your new job. Hope that goes well. And don’t worry about commenting on everyone’s posts if you are busy. Have a great 2018!

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  9. I was a huge fan of the Waterboys in the early days. I lost track of them after this album, but the first EP and the first two LPs still get plenty of spins in my world. OK, I’m avoiding the bigger subject. Your situation is a tough one, and we will be thinking of you during these busy times. Plenty of empathy here. We went through this with both of my in-laws. All I can say is remember that while you’re taking care of others you also need to take care of yourself. Be well.

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    1. Yes, those early Waterboys were great and this was always going to be my January “moon” song. As for the bigger subject, thanks so much for empathising – If you’ve been in this situation you’ll probably know how I’m feeling at the moment. Also as an only child, no one to share the caring with, so not easy. I would love to lose myself in the blogosphere at the moment but will have to be really disciplined about the amount of time I spend online – Cross fingers I will return in due course.

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