Light of the Moon

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about

This song is another one that was written for friend’s wedding. Unlike “Radio Song,” I actually managed to complete a version in time that I could play during the reception. But the song never stayed quite the same after that day. Though I retained a lot of the lyrical content, the shape kept evolving over the next few years and for that reason, I chose not to put it on any records for the longest time—it never quite seemed to be at the place I wanted it to be. In fact, I left it sitting dormant for a while, until one day during the time that I was recording this album, I dug it out again and started messing around with it. I still loved the images I’d conjured up in the original lyric—of lovers driving around without headlights, being guided only by moonlight; of angels existing in the eyes of birds watching us from telephone wires—and I figured it was time to give the song a proper home on an album, this album, Telegrams. It seemed to belong there with the other songs. So, my bandmates and I went into the studio and started tracking it with drums, bass and a Hammond organ, and we got a pretty interesting version of it, though in the end, what we’d done seemed far too bombastic for what I thought the mood of the song ought to be. And so I abandoned that version and one evening, towards the end of our sessions, I grabbed an old J-45 that was sitting around the studio and recorded the acoustic version which is the one we decided to go with in the end.

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Oh bride of the summer come and meet me outside. In this precious moment there is nowhere to hide and your mama won’t like it but she’s fast asleep in her room. Let’s drive for a while without headlights by the light of the moon.

We’ll drive through the shadows, we’ll drive to the sea. Slide over baby, it was meant to be with the wind in your hair, we go flying down Garrison Road. Your hands are like wings when you hold me, you lighten my load.

I once was a soldier and I travelled to shores. But I fought more battles inside me than wars. And when I was a child heaven always seemed so much higher. Now the eyes of an angel are birds on telephone wires.

I see the signs of the night turning day, the sky is on fire and I see Saint Christopher rolling and rolling away. So bride of the summer come and meet me outside. In this precious moment there’s nowhere to hide and your mama won’t like it but she’s fast asleep in her room. Let’s drive for awhile without headlights by the light of the moon.

credits

from Telegrams, track released March 29, 2019
Composer: Tariq

Performers:
Tariq—vocals, guitar
John Raham—percussion

Studio--Afterlife (Vancouver, BC)

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Tariq Vancouver, British Columbia

Tariq is a Juno nominated singer/songwriter & recording artist. He releases music as himself and w/ the critically acclaimed band, Brasstronaut.

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