Just a drop more blue …

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Blue Moon

I was listening to this classic and wonderfully mood-expressive song on the radio yesterday evening while cooking, when a lyric I had never noticed before leaped out at me – that the moon turned from blue to gold when the protagonist was no longer alone.

(kitschy visuals and Chris Isaak’s haunting tones, what more could a girl want?!)

Having been discussing the lonely side of blue in the previous post, I found this riveting.

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Blue moon
You saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own
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Blue moon
You knew just what I was there for
You heard me saying a prayer for
Someone I really could care for
.
And then there suddenly appeared before me
The only one my arms will ever hold
I heard somebody whisper please adore me
And when I looked the moon had turned to gold
Blue moon
Now I’m no longer alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own
.
Blue moon
Now I’m no longer alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own
.

Rodgers & Hart, 1934

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Messrs Rodgers and Hart must have felt that blue was a lonely colour too.

In case you are wondering, a Blue Moon is a second full moon in a calendar month – a very rare occurrence and even more rarely is the moon actually Blue.  Hence the use of the phrase to describe something which rarely happens.

The first known literary reference to the term occurs in a text of 1528 entitled “Rede me and Be nott wrothe, For I faye no thynge but troth.”, ‘wrothe’ meaning angry, and was intended as a diatribe against the ‘ambicion of the clergye’.  ‘Yf they say the mone is belewe / We must believe that it is true’, indicated the clergy’s power to manipulate.

So, I think that’s enough blue for a while …

8 Comments

  1. I’ve always loved the idea of a blue moon – magical, mystical, watching over us all. And now you’ve had me singing this song out loud in my kitchen! From blue to gold – what a treasure. Makes me think of all that blue and gold you see mixed together in medieval/ Renaissance and pre-Raphaelite works…Each giving the other a special punch.

  2. Yes, Yes, Yes! Thank you for putting those images together – and of course, Greek and Russian icons too. Such a rich combination – you are right, it is like treasure. I think I love the idea of a blue moon too – serene and mystical, definitely. Carry on singing now …

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