Sister Moon

Album: Nothing Like the Sun (1987)

Songfacts®:

  • 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."

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