"Moonlight In Samosa" is the second track on Robert Plant's debut solo album, Pictures at Eleven
. It's also the B-side of "Burning Down One Side
," which was the best-selling single on the collection.
It's a love song that feels almost as though it's being played in a dream, and that may indeed be what it's about. The lyrics describe Plant repeatedly passing by an old lover who doesn't seem to notice him in return. For the most part, the song is written as though detailing real events, but a couple lines cast that in doubt and bring us the dream hypothesis:Day after day I turn it over in my mind
Dream after dream it's hard to tell you how I find
Whether talking about waking life or a dream, the song has a mystical feel that features Plant's signature man-siren voice at its most ethereal.