Child of the Moon

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
First release: Jumpin' Jack Flash single B-side, May 1968
Recording date: March-April 1968           Recording location: Olympic Sound Studios, London, England
Producer: Jimmy Miller            Engineer: Eddie Kramer
Never performed onstage


Probable line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Fuzz bass: Bill Wyman
Electric guitars: Keith Richards
Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Background vocals: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Jimmy Miller
Saxophone: Brian Jones
Piano: Nicky Hopkins
Organ: Nicky Hopkins
Percussion: Rocky Dijon
 

The wind blows rain into my face
The sun glows at the end of the highway

Child of the moon
Rub your rainy eyes
Oh child of the moon
Give me a wide awake, crescent shaped smile

She shivers, by the light she is hidden

She flickers like a lamp lady vision

Child of the moon
Rub your rainy eyes
Child of the moon
Give me a wide awake, crescent shaped smile

The first car on the foggy road riding

The last star for my lady is pining

Oh child of the moon
Bid the sun arise
Oh child of the moon
Give me a misty day, pearly gray, silver, silky, stained
Wide awake, very great smile

 

 

TrackTalk

Child of the Moon was one of the early open-tuning numbers on the electric guitars, because Street Fighting Man was all acoustic guitars.

- Keith Richards


Child of the Moon is probably the more original of the two numbers we have cut for a single. It's a pretty song. I think it will do well in America - it's more for the American market. It has a country and western influence.

- Mick Jagger, May 1968


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