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Gregory Alan Isakov — That Moon Song
Album: This Empty Northern Hemisphere
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Total ratings: 1661









Released: 2009
Length: 3:32
Plays (last 30 days): 2
The tail lights burn red
They were hotter than hell,
And I've been long gone; couldn't you tell

The smoke in the air
Couldn't hide my shame,
Saw it lit up on that silver screen

And ahh that full bellied moon, she's a-shinin' on me
Yeah she pulls on this heart like she pulls on the sea

And you came on strong like some running wave
And your beauty left me broke and hungry
Left me begging to the birds for a bone or an offering
Left me saying nothin'; nothin', like I always say

And ahh that full bellied moon, she's a-shinin' on me
Yeah she pulls on this heart like she pulls on the sea

Ahh she's shinin' on; she's shinin' on me
And those broken-hearted lovers,
They got nothing on me
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Beautiful.
I am inspired by this vision, more so every time I hear it.....
 khardog145 wrote:

You perfectly described the feeling that washed over me while listening to this song.  I'm going to play it this weekend under the very dark milky way filled sky in Northern Wisconsin this weekend with my true love!
 

Cheers, khardog145!   
Amsterdam  also sends me to another place. Just something about GAI compositions and performance that can appeal to a wide range of musical tastes!
Yet another artist that RP introduced me to!! Love this! 
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Every once in a while a song comes along which has that certain undefinable “something”. I’m tempted to call it “magic”, as cliché as that may sound, because I can’t think of a better word to describe it. Such songs are timeless, they survive decades, generations, and never lose that something. Every time you hear them they lift you up to a higher level. Maybe they make you smile, maybe they make you cry, but they always make you feel something. Suddenly whatever petty problem you were concerned with drifts away.

The fact that one or more human beings sat down with a guitar or at the piano and actually created these mini-masterpieces is nothing short of miraculous, in my humble opinion. I am eternally grateful to those songwriters, whose talent created these timeless gifts.

This is one such song, to me anyway. The lyrics, the performance, the vocals always grab me and won’t let go until the last sublime note fades.

Thank you, Gregory Alan Isakov (and all you other musical magicians).
 
100% agree. And Gregory has done it more than once - Stable Song is another one. It's been 10 years and I've never had even the briefest of "I'm sick of this" moments with these tracks. 
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Every once in a while a song comes along which has that certain undefinable “something”. I’m tempted to call it “magic”, as cliché as that may sound, because I can’t think of a better word to describe it. Such songs are timeless, they survive decades, generations, and never lose that something. Every time you hear them they lift you up to a higher level. Maybe they make you smile, maybe they make you cry, but they always make you feel something. Suddenly whatever petty problem you were concerned with drifts away.

The fact that one or more human beings sat down with a guitar or at the piano and actually created these mini-masterpieces is nothing short of miraculous, in my humble opinion. I am eternally grateful to those songwriters, whose talent created these timeless gifts.

This is one such song, to me anyway. The lyrics, the performance, the vocals always grab me and won’t let go until the last sublime note fades.

Thank you, Gregory Alan Isakov (and all you other musical magicians).
 
You perfectly described the feeling that washed over me while listening to this song.  I'm going to play it this weekend under the very dark milky way filled sky in Northern Wisconsin this weekend with my true love!
The into, particularly the strumming rythym and suspensions, reminds me of another moon song, Nick Drake's Pink Moon
For some strange reason this reminds me of my earliest childhood.
Beautiful...
Such a great song! A 10 with no hesitation.
7 to 9
Just a wonderful mellow song for a Tuesday
 minimole wrote:
I'm getting Mumford & Sons here ...
 

Me too, with a pinch of fields of gold.
beautiful song - thank you for sharing!
Every once in a while a song comes along which has that certain undefinable “something”. I’m tempted to call it “magic”, as cliché as that may sound, because I can’t think of a better word to describe it. Such songs are timeless, they survive decades, generations, and never lose that something. Every time you hear them they lift you up to a higher level. Maybe they make you smile, maybe they make you cry, but they always make you feel something. Suddenly whatever petty problem you were concerned with drifts away.

The fact that one or more human beings sat down with a guitar or at the piano and actually created these mini-masterpieces is nothing short of miraculous, in my humble opinion. I am eternally grateful to those songwriters, whose talent created these timeless gifts.

This is one such song, to me anyway. The lyrics, the performance, the vocals always grab me and won’t let go until the last sublime note fades.

Thank you, Gregory Alan Isakov (and all you other musical magicians).
 Spiderwoman wrote:
ARRGGGHHHHHHHHH. Where are the words? Love this even more than before. 
 

The tail lights burn red
They were hotter than hell
And I've been long gone couldn’t you tellThe smoke in the air
Couldn’t hide my shame
Saw it lit up on that silver screenAnd ah that full bellied moon she’s a shinin' on me
Yeah she pulls on this heart like she pulls on the seaAnd you came on strong like some running wave
And your beauty left me broke and hungry
Left me begging to the birds for a bone or an offering
Left me saying nothin', nothin', like I always sayAnd ahh that full bellied moon she’s a shinin' on me
Yeah she pulls on this heart like she pulls on the seaAnd those broken hearted lovers
They got nothing on me
Every time I hear the beginning of this song, I think that Bill is playing a Royal Wood song.  Both artists have a voice that soothes the soul.
Ahhhhh . . . {#Meditate}
 Spiderwoman wrote:

 
Thanks for reposting - I'd forgotten about that image. Many years later, still embracing the song as a 10-rater...
 Spiderwoman wrote:

If you like this, check out his other music. It's all outstanding. Here's a vote for playing a wider variety of GAI.

 
second that!
 minimole wrote:
I'm getting Mumford & Sons here ...
 
You should probably take an antibiotic for that.
 jules44 wrote:
Good song...really...it is...just kinda tired of hearing it so much.

 
If you like this, check out his other music. It's all outstanding. Here's a vote for playing a wider variety of GAI.
Fine  song, but it doesn't quite fit a sunny spring day.
 minimole wrote:
I'm getting Mumford & Sons here ...

 
brutal
Sounding more Rufus to me.  Great song,
I'm getting Mumford & Sons here ...
And it is indeed a full moon tonight.
This is one of the best songs in recent memory.
I love i!
ARRGGGHHHHHHHHH. Where are the words? Love this even more than before. 
nice Troubadoring here
Sounds like Steve Wilson
several good ones by him that RP plays
everything sounds so natural and effortless  
Anyone else notice the similarity to The Head and the Heart?  (That's a good thing.)
Posted: Jun 17, 2010 - 14:43
 

has to be her, right?  this is wonderful.
 
Blackfoot wrote:
I thought I recognized Brandi Carlile in there.  Their voices go well together.
 
bump
 eveliko wrote:
You know you're on RP when this tune comes in.

 
Another reason to listen to RP.


And that full bellied moon, she's a-shinin' on me
Yeah she pulls on this heart like she pulls on the sea

Damn fine.
Full Sturgeon Moon, Aug. 29, 2:35 p.m. EDT (1835 GMT)
A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because the moon rises looking reddish through sultry haze. Other names are the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.
You know you're on RP when this tune comes in.
 rdo wrote:
wonderful
 
agreed, my friend.
Saw him with the boys and a full symphony.  So, so, so phenomenal.
 Beaker wrote:
This dude and his music totally sounds like Royal Wood.

Who came first?  :-) 

 
Both of their first recordings were apparently released in 2003.
 A wonderful album, but Bill, please, please, please play 'Master and the Hound" off the same LP; it is the most beautiful song I've ever heard. My daughter actually came down the aisle for her wedding to this tune (minus the lyrics), after getting Isakov to send her just the soundtrack for the event. She thanked him in person in Nashville when he played at a small venue there a year ago.
Hadn't heard this one for awhile - since it was on RP heavy rotation, maybe a year or two in the past. My whole life is completely different now. Funny how a song can kind of bookmark a chapter of life, and then pull you right back there when you hear it again down the track.
{#Daisy} ... nice tune -  "most excellent"
 Spiderwoman wrote:
 
 
{#Daisy}
wonderful
 RabbitEars wrote:



I hope GAI somehow gets to see this
 



 Tuesday1 wrote:
New GAI album coming out July 2013!  Can't wait to hear it on RP.

 
Mine's preordered :)
ooo I like this one
New GAI album coming out July 2013!  Can't wait to hear it on RP.
I'm a sucker for this melancholy stuff.
7+
Funny reading the previous comment - I was going to write that 2 of my favorite GAI songs are The Stable Song and That Moon Song. But Black and Blue is what turned my head, I can tell you exactly where I was when I first really listened to 3 am's lyrics, and and..... Thanks for being a GAI fan!!!
 jules44 wrote:
Good song...really...it is...just kinda tired of hearing it so much.
 
Seconded. This song got me all excited about GAI, but after a while I started preferring his other songs because I hadn't heard them played so many times.
Went to see if Mumford and Sons finally had SOME change going on... {#Rolleyes}
 fredriley wrote:
Droa-oh-ah-oh-ah-oan {#Sleep}. The sixth Ho-Hum on the trot - thank feck for dub to keep me awake.

 
Fred, you need to chill out and relax man!! You're oviously working too hard!
 fredriley wrote:
Droa-oh-ah-oh-ah-oan {#Sleep}. The sixth Ho-Hum on the trot - thank feck for dub to keep me awake.

 
Where you be, Fred? Feckless?
Mee too.
Love this song.
..marble-mouth?..
yawn.  The only thing worse then the droning is droning with what I perceive as a twang.
 dwlangham wrote:
What's with all the "droning" male vocals? Droning onnn and ooonnnnn. Well, it's not all bad, but enough already.
 

I know!  Right?  Apparently it's the new cool.
I like this one.
whining, predictable and ... boring
I haven't heard this in a while, and absence has not made the heart grow fonder. Down from "acceptable" to whatever a "3" is (ho-hum?).
 Misterfixit wrote:
Ah yes, the old moan and groan...
 
seems he's getting a lot of play lately on RP. it all sounds so depressing and slooooooow.
Ah yes, the old moan and groan...
What's with all the "droning" male vocals? Droning onnn and ooonnnnn. Well, it's not all bad, but enough already.
I have missed this song.  I was thinking about it yesterday.
Good song...really...it is...just kinda tired of hearing it so much.
I saw Gregory live a few times.  Go see him if you get the chance.  He was great.  I am addicted to this record.  It's all great!
 
Never heard this before... pretty darn cool
Again, only on RP
awesome.
I first heard him in an episode of Californication. I love this entire album.
:) he has been mumfordized to some extent, not as extreme though.

 
dwlangham wrote:
The good news: This isn't Mumford and Sons.
 


The good news: This isn't Mumford and Sons.
Takes you in, floats along the slow-flowing stream, lovely.
This guy is an awesome and very modest songwriter. Once, he mentioned during a show after the intermission that he valued the fact nobody had left yet :P
Whole album deserves at least an 8!
 dwlangham wrote:
I loaded the comments page expecting to complain (again) about Mumford and Sons, only to learn that there's another artist with that same moooany grooooany sound. Sigh.

  Lovin' the moooany grooooany sound. Sigh.


I loaded the comments page expecting to complain (again) about Mumford and Sons, only to learn that there's another artist with that same moooany grooooany sound. Sigh.

Somehow, I had only given this an 8. WHAT??
Love this!
Yup, had to check as well

 
ploba wrote:
definitely - i thought it was him til I looked

 
apd wrote:
Any Canadians getting a Royal Wood vibe?
 
 

Droa-oh-ah-oh-ah-oan {#Sleep}. The sixth Ho-Hum on the trot - thank feck for dub to keep me awake.

definitely - i thought it was him til I looked

 
apd wrote:
Any Canadians getting a Royal Wood vibe?
 


Not too many in my list make it to "OUTSTANDING" ... but I'm upgrading this one.  Right now it moves me.
Such a sweet song, so much texture on a close listen. Great song.
Little Glen and Marketa in there. 
I looove this song!
{#Music}
Very nice sound, I'm paying attention now...
Here it is again.

I can hear this song forever.
Its good to relax.
Instantly likable.
Any Canadians getting a Royal Wood vibe?
It's Monday morning, but I feel like I'm in an old cabin in the wilderness of New Hampshire, watching the stars appear between the tree branches. Thanks for playing, Bill!
 CasaE wrote:
It's a lot slow for friday night. We're not old grandmas going to bed! Trying to get the party started here!
 
Not everywhere its Friday night, my friend! And not all grandmas go to bed early!!


It's a lot slow for friday night. We're not old grandmas going to bed! Trying to get the party started here!
I'm so in love with this one... It's got a lovely feel to it..

8 —> 9
Wow what a great song
Mmmmmmmmm   nice
 2cats wrote:

Had to bump it from an 8 to a nine.


 

From zero to ten!!!
 TerryS wrote:
Ahh that's better. Before, without my specs, the title read: Thai Moon Bong.
 
That tune was on the album before this one.  {#Lol}

Nice album cover.
Ahh that's better. Before, without my specs, the title read: Thai Moon Bong.

Had to bump it from an 8 to a nine.


 muse_Kidd wrote:
Am I the only one to think this was Ryan Adams at first?
 
You are not alone!
Just used the RP link to buy this on iTunes, along with some others. Trying to do my part, folks. You?
 Bocephus wrote:
Perfect for the lunar eclipse tonight.
 
Wasn't it? {#Shhh}
Really like "Big Black Car" from this album ,its on the LRC {#Mrgreen}
{#Sleep}
Perfect for the lunar eclipse tonight.
"and you came on strong like some running wave"

I always thought it was "runaway", which I like better because it sounds desperate and vulnerable. 
Oh, it was that moon song - thought it was a different one.  Good song, btw.
 doriso wrote:
Kind of reminds me of Mumford and Sons. Have to say I was expecting to hear Dust Bowl Dance after this, so Supergrass Tales of Endurance was a nice surprise.
 
Indeed, I thought of Mumford and Sons, as well. Not that that is a bad thing.


Kind of reminds me of Mumford and Sons. Have to say I was expecting to hear Dust Bowl Dance after this, so Supergrass Tales of Endurance was a nice surprise.
Am I the only one to think this was Ryan Adams at first?
The rest of the album is much of the same. mellow