Moonlight Shadow

by Mike Oldfield

Duration:
3:38
Released:
May 27, 1983
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Lyrics for Moonlight Shadow by Mike Oldfield:

Verse 1
The last that ever she saw him
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
He passed on, worried and warning
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
Lost in a riddle that Saturday night
Far away on the other side
He was caught in the middle of a desperate fight
And she couldn't find how to push through

Verse 2
The trees that whisper in the evening
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
Sing a song of sorrow and grieving
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
All she saw was a silhouette of a gun
Far away on the other side
He was shot six times by a man on the run
And she couldn't find how to push through

Chorus
I stay, I pray
See you in Heaven, far away
I stay, I pray
See you in Heaven one day

Verse 3
Four A.M. in the morning
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
I watched your vision forming
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
Stars roll slowly in a silvery night
Far away on the other side
Will you come to talk to me this night?
But she couldn't find how to push through

Chorus
I stay, I pray
See you in Heaven, far away
I stay, I pray
See you in Heaven one day

Instrumental

Outro
Far away on the other side
Caught in the middle of a hundred and five
The night was heavy and the air was alive
But she couldn't find how to push through
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
Carried away by a moonlight shadow
Far away on the other side

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Song Facts

“Moonlight Shadow” is a song released in 1983, and remains Mike Oldfield’s most successful single. Maggie Reilly performed the vocals, but Oldfield wrote the lyrics and was the song’s guitarist.

The song tells the story of a woman who loses her lover to a violent struggle in the middle of the night. People have since speculated that the song refers to the death of John Lennon, who was killed by gunman Mark David Chapman in 1980. The details in the song differ from that of the incident in which Lennon was killed, and Oldfield, in a 1995 interview says the song was inspired by the film Houdini. Still, he suggests that the Lennon murder might have been on his mind, especially given his proximity to the shooting that night.

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