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Song Released: 1985

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I pictured a rainbow
You held it in your hands
I had flashes
But 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...


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    Dec 25th, 2013 12:01am report

    I always thought it was about the comparison of two friends, one who saw the big picture of life and seemed to have attained great wisdom and insight, whilst actually doing nothing with their own life. While the other is desperate the for same wisdom and insight and tries to fulfill it by doing and seeing as much as they can, but no matter how hard they try, they still can't seem to see the big the picture.


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    Nov 17th, 10:40 report

    Absolutely adore the tune the words!!in my relationship I always want the rainbow the moon!!not the crescent!!❤️The words about how he see’s dirty river she or he see’s Brigoodoone !! Feel good when I hear this song!!!xxx


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    Nov 6th, 11:56pm report

    I love this song after listening to it by the Waterboys and then by Fiona Apple.
    What resonated for me was that it was a comparison of how 2 people go through the journey of life. It felt like they were writing about that encounter with the one who just grabs hold of life, its gifts and runs with it. Special creatures who are very atypical of most who just stay in their room.
    The lyrics just blow me away. I love each line and it not only makes me look at my life but also Im curious as how others perceive me. I so want to be able to see the whole of the moon.


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    Nov 5th, 11:18am report

    You are entitled to your interpretation but I've actually explained it once.

    Without me doing it again it is quite straight forward.

    He realises the other person, a woman, get that, man woman relationship, has the qualities he doesn't.

    That's it.


    He admires those qualities but falls short of them as 99.999% of us do.

    He is not Picasso, Mozart or Messi and never will be. He realises there are bigger, better, bolder, brighter people in the world and that his efforts in comparison to be anything will fall far short of what others are capable of.

    And if you can't see that it's because you are the 99.9999%.

    That's Life …. now go boil the kettle not your head.

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    Nov 4th, 11:32am report

    I think it's a person letting go of what is expected of him , not carding he wants to chalange life!
    The person whos in the room is more controlled by fear and others opinions .
    He lives the life of what's expected of him rather than living his true self !


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    Sep 20th, 9:31pm report

    For me ...me going to my mum and not realising after she had gone her knowledge...for the last verse...too soon.


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    Mar 19th, 2019 3:52pm report

    Am going with the bipolar disorder theory myself but it is open to many interpretations and lots of different meanings to everyone who listens to this wonderful song was ahead of it’s time in my opinion and yet still so relevant today brilliant lyrics brilliant song ...whole of the moon yeh baby ...


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    May 30th, 2018 5:09am report

    I always thought it was about drugs. The one who stays in his room and sees things (acid) in the end they have burnt out too high too far too soon hinting at death, this was happening to a lot of young people at the time it was written.


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    Sep 10th, 2017 9:46pm report

    It has meant Emily Dickinson to me. She created incredible poetry, yet rarely left her house. He wandered around the world, yet she just stayed in her room. She sees these incredible visions and he fills his life running around looking for them.


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    Aug 29th, 2017 8:24am report

    Not only the self criticism but negative comparison with others. Not satisfied with praising others it balances the self perceived low achievement against the considerably greater success of another person. It is admiring of them by comparing one's own lesser achievements. So is it about self or some one else? It is self.


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    Oct 17th, 2016 10:27pm report

    My perception is that some folks journey is within. While others explore seeking to find answers, adventure and self. In the end they discover that the answers are with you all the time.


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    Oct 4th, 2014 10:02am report

    I think these are some of the greatest song lyrics, as how they compare ordinary thought with visionary excellence. On another level it could be the ordinary with excellence in anything, sport, parenting, living life. The song is supposed to be referring to Prince.


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    May 22nd, 2014 5:17am report

    The Waterboys are clearly trying to portray to their friends and family that they no longer want to be singers- they want to be astronauts and see the whole of the moon. this relates to the story "on the Jellicoe road"


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    Feb 8th, 2014 2:27pm report

    the whole of the moon, is one of my favourite songs, which has a profound meaning to me.

    I think the song is about bi-polar (manic depression)

    its about perception, like when it goes I saw the rain dirty valley, and you saw brigadune. its the manic phase you see more than is there. one lyric is. I was out in the world for years and you just stayed in your room, is depression. in mania you see things that aren't there, which are often euphoric. the biggest seller for me is the lyric,. you know how it feels to get to high, to far, to soon.

    I have bi-polar myself, and the song is how I feel when manic.

    the song also is heavily about perceptions, as most people see different things. it is just my interpretation.

    it is lyricly immense.


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    Oct 2nd, 2012 10:36pm report

    Every one knows someone who is in the song whatever you see or do they have done it .you have a black dog he has a blacker one .you fart he shits himself .


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    Mar 18th, 2012 3:21pm report

    Proust and poetry..he saw it all from his bed.

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