Song Lyric Sunday – Harvest Moon – Harmonica

This week Jim Adams has prompted us with ‘Harmonica’ for Song Lyric Sunday. This was a fun search as we weren’t looking for the word harmonica in the title or lyrics, but the use it in the music. I chose a personal favorite, Harvest Moon, by Neil Young. It’s a beautifully romantic song and Neil’s voice is pure sweetness. The harmonica comes in towards the end of the song. Enjoy it!

The title track from the album of the same name, Harvest Moon is kind of an unofficial sequel to Young’s 1972’s album Harvest. The two albums share many of the same guest musicians. The album Harvest Moon went gold in January of 1993, platinum in February of 1993, and multi-platinum in 1997.

In keeping with the rural motif of this song, let us not forget that Neil Young has also been an outspoken advocate for environmental issues and small farmers, as demonstrated by his having co-founded Farm Aid, the benefit concert, in 1985.

Cover versions of this song include Cassandra Wilson on her 1995 album New Moon Daughter, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie at a 2007 stage show, and Pearl Jam in 2005 numerous times on their concert tour.

The moon is a big deal to Neil Young. It shows up in 28 of his songs, and he uses it to guide him. Industry folks know that he is more likely to take on a project if it coincides with a full moon. In a 2005 interview with Harp, he explained: “Before there was organized religion, there was the moon. The Indians knew about the moon. Pagans followed the moon. I’ve followed it for as long as I can remember, and that’s just my religion. I’m not a practicing anything, I don’t have a book that I have to read. It can be dangerous working in a full moon atmosphere, because if there are things that are going to go wrong, they can really go wrong. But that’s great, especially for rock ‘n’ roll.”

The 2009 live album Dreamin’ Man consists of recordings from the Harvest Moon tour, and its tracklist is the same, albeit rearranged.

Fun Fact: This song was written and dedicated by Neil Young to his wife, at the time, Pegi. He filed for divorce after 36 years of marriage in 2014 and married actress Darryl Hannah in 2018.

Lyrics

Come a little bit closer
Hear what I have to say
Just like children sleepin'
We could dream this night away

But there's a full moon risin'
Let's go dancin' in the light
We know where the music's playin'
Let's go out and feel the night

Because I'm still in love with you
I want to see you dance again
Because I'm still in love with you
On this harvest moon

When we were strangers
I watched you from afar
When we were lovers
I loved you with all my heart

But now it's gettin' late
And the moon is climbin' high
I want to celebrate
See it shinin' in your eye

Because I'm still in love with you
I want to see you dance again
Because I'm still in love with you
On this harvest moon


Backstory and lyrics courtesy of Songfacts

  19 comments for “Song Lyric Sunday – Harvest Moon – Harmonica

  1. August 8, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    This is a great song! Thanks Christine! I’d forgotten about it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Christine Bolton
      August 9, 2020 at 12:14 am

      Thanks Jen ๐Ÿ˜Š

      • August 9, 2020 at 12:29 am

        ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘

  2. August 8, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    Very interesting about Neil’s affinity for the moon. It isn’t any surprise and he is very loony in a good way. I love this song and this whole album.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 9, 2020 at 12:11 am

      I know that was a little weird. The album is fantastic ๐Ÿฅฐ

  3. August 9, 2020 at 3:04 am

    Another Neil Young classic!

    • August 9, 2020 at 8:48 am

      Neil young enough said! His voice is so beautiful. Great video I could listen to him all day and night ๐Ÿ’œ

    • Christine Bolton
      August 9, 2020 at 9:55 am

      Thanks! โ˜บ๏ธ

  4. August 9, 2020 at 8:45 am

    This is such a romantic song Christine, thanks for sharing it. I love the video with everyone dancing nice a slow.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 9, 2020 at 9:56 am

      Thanks Jim. Itโ€™s like a two-step

  5. Christine Bolton
    August 9, 2020 at 9:56 am

    Thanks Jim. Itโ€™s like a two-step

  6. August 9, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Yes! This is one of my favorite songs as well. Certainly my favorite of his. I’m a sucker for a steel guitar & harmonica anyway! It certainly looks like a very slow two-step. So good! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Christine Bolton
      August 9, 2020 at 2:26 pm

      Yes I always thought a two step. Itโ€™s so lovely ๐Ÿ˜Š

  7. August 9, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Neil Young is another I completely forgot about.

  8. August 10, 2020 at 10:58 am

    Good pick!

    • Christine Bolton
      August 10, 2020 at 1:54 pm

      Yes, thank you. A very sweet song ๐Ÿ˜Š

  9. August 13, 2020 at 12:38 am

    Great pick!

  10. August 13, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    Love his voice in whatever he sings. Interesting reading about his love of the moon. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Christine Bolton
      August 13, 2020 at 9:49 pm

      Yes, it’s an almost angelic voice. The moon thing was very interesting, I agree ๐Ÿ™‚

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