Monday, September 17, 2007

The Moon's A Harsh Mistress

Many years ago, when I was living in California, and working at a Treasury Department Store, I found a cassette of Glen Campbell. On it were many hits, including one obscure song I'd never heard before: "The Moon's A Harsh Mistress", written by Jimmy Webb. Jimmy Webb, if you don't recall, is the songwriter responsible for "MacArthur's Park" among many other hits.

I lost that cassette a long time ago, but never forgot the song, which I enjoyed so much. And I looked for it a long, long time. But it seemed to have disappeared completely. Recently I found a video of Linda Ronstadt singing the song, onstage with Jimmy Webb, but it was poor quality and left me with a bland feeling. Ronstadt is not one of my favorite singers.

The search went on.

I finally found an mp3 file of the song and downloaded it, hoping it was not a newer version. Nope! It's the real thing. I gathered some images - and couldn't find the ones I truly wanted - and cobbled together this short video. I hope you like it. Remember, it's the music.

Update: Well, the video won't play. So maybe I can get the music to show so you can play it.




The Moon's A Harsh Mistress
~ by: Jimmy Webb (From the album 'Reunion')

See her as she flies
Golden sails across the sky
Close enough to touch
But careful if you try

Though she looks as warm as gold
The moon's a harsh mistress
The moon can be so cold

Once the sun did shine
And lord it felt so fine
The moon a phantom rose
Through the mountains and the pine

And then the darkness fell
The moon's a harsh mistress
It's hard to love her well

I fell out of her eyes
I fell out of her heart
I fell down on my face
And I tripped and I missed my star

And I fell and fell alone
The moon's a harsh mistress
The sky is made of stone
The moon's a harsh mistress
She's hard to call your own


I've struggled with this for some time, and can view it in the "edit post" stage, but it doesn't show once published. Anybody else actually see it?

I will email it to anybody who wants it. ;)

7 comments:

Gayle said...

I don't know why, but I can't get the video to load. I'll try another browser.

Gayle said...

Nope. It didn't work with Firefox either. :(

camojack said...

I will email it to anybody who wants it.

Yes, please email it to me bro'.

Thanks...

Always On Watch said...

Benning,
Yes, please email me the video.

AlwaysOnWatch@aol.com

benning said...

Vids on the way!

Brooke said...

Not bad! :)

benning said...

Any wonder I remembered it for so long? ; )