Saturday, May 23, 2015

Full Moon and Empty Arms

Wish upon the moon
And it might bring what I want,
Which, of course, is you.

"Full Moon and Empty Arms" is the first song on Bob Dylan's 2015 album "Shadows in the Night." Frank Sinatra popularized the song, written by Buddy Kaye and Ted Mossman, in 1945, and Dylan made it the first release from the new album. The song's melody comes from the allegro scherzando movement of Sergei Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor. The lyrics are simple.

1. Singer and moon: present. Lover: absent.
2. It's a nice night. A kiss might not just be there to build a dream on, but a memory too.
3. Singer wishes on moon.
4. The wish is: you'll appear by the light of the next full moon.
5. Singer wishes on moon again.
6. He repeats the wish.

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