Song of the Day #4,706: ‘Sister Moon’ – Sting

Here’s a standout track from Sting’s excellent 1987 album Nothing Like the Sun. The record features a great mix of pop hits and jazzy ballads, and for my money remains the pinnacle of Sting’s solo efforts.

The site SongFacts.com contains this interesting anecdote about ‘Sister Moon,’ pulled from a book of his lyrics and commentary.

In Lyrics By Sting, the singer recounted when he used Shakespeare to appease a staggering drunk one night who kept demanding to know “How beautiful is the moon?” He answered with a line from Sonnet #130: “My mistress’s eyes are nothing like the sun.”

The inebriated man liked the answer and stumbled away into the night. Sting wrote: “Shakespeare is always useful, I’ve found, for calming down violent drunks, if only because it gives them the impression that you’re crazier than they are.”

This song, in particular, is “for the lunatics everywhere, for all those whose sanity is dependent on the phases of the moon.”

[Verse 1]
Sister moon will be my guide
In your blue blue shadows I would hide
All good people asleep tonight
I’m all by myself in your silver light
I would gaze at your face the whole night through

[Chorus]
I’d go out of my mind, but for you
I’d go out of my mind, but for you

[Verse 2]
Lying in a mother’s arms
The primal root of a woman’s charms
I’m a stranger to the sun
My eyes are too weak
How cold is a heart
When it’s warmth that he seeks?
You watch every night, you don’t care what I do

[Chorus]
I’d go out of my mind, but for you
I’d go out of my mind, but for you

[Verse 3]
My mistress eyes are nothing like the sun
My hunger for her explains everything I’ve done
To howl at the moon the whole night through
And they really don’t care if I do
[Chorus]
I’d go out of my mind, but for you
I’d go out of my mind, but for you

Sister Moon

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,706: ‘Sister Moon’ – Sting

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’ve always loved this song, which I always had assumed was a companion to “Moon Over Bourbon Street.”

  2. Peg says:

    Love this song ❤️

  3. Russ Paris says:

    Nice!

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