Moon Over Bourbon Street

Album: Dream Of The Blue Turtles (1985)
Charted: 44
  • There's a moon over bourbon street tonight
    I see faces as they pass beneath the pale lamplight
    I've no choice but to follow that call
    The bright lights the people and the moon and all
    I pray everyday to be strong
    For I know what I do must be wrong
    Oh you'll never see my shade or hear the sound of my feet
    While there's a moon over bourbon street

    It was many years ago that I became what I am
    I was trapped in this life like an innocent lamb
    Now I can never show my face at noon
    And you'll only see me walking by the light of the moon
    The brim of my hat hides the eye of a beast
    I've the face of a sinner but the hands of a priest
    Oh you'll never see my shade or hear the sound of my feet
    While there's a moon over bourbon street

    She walks everyday through the streets of New Orleans
    She's innocent and young from a family of means
    I have stood many times outside her window at night
    To struggle with my instinct in the pale moonlight
    How could I be this way when I pray to god above
    I must love what I destroy and destroy the thing I love
    Oh you'll never see my shade or hear the sound of my feet
    While there's a moon over bourbon streetWriter/s: GORDON SUMNER
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Comments: 7

  • Rob from Austin,txNice summary, but Bourbon Street is named after the Bourbon family- the dynasty of French monarchs, not the whiskey, which is also named after said royal family.
  • Jess from St. Louis, MoI saw Sting in concert last week and he stated before he sang this song that he got the idea while walking around bourbon street at night and it is in fact about a vampire. He put on a black trench coat and talked about being followed by a vampire.
  • Piet from Nijmegen, NetherlandsIt's not about vampire, it's about werewolf. After all, in the end of the song, he's howling like a wolf.
  • Miz Lady from Oakland, Cato Matthew: 'while the moon's over Bourbon Street." - while the moon is out (at night, duh) the vampire is prowling in stealth and anonymity. "You'll never hear the sound of my feet..." - He casts no shade and he moves too quickly by air or by ground to hear him (like a vampire, duh!)
  • Matthew from Milford, Ma...I wonder why they include the lines "You'll never see my shade or hear the sound of my feet while there's a moon over Bourbon Street" if vampires only come out during the night?
  • Veronica from Sydney, AustraliaBloody brilliant (Pun intended!)
  • Chelsea from Nyc, OrThe uncharacteristic sound for a Bluestune can in part be attributed to Keith playing a 12 string accoustic.
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