By The Pale Moonlight

by The Love Sprockets

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an old French folk song, translated to English and put to new chords and melody by The Love Sprockets

this recording was funded by our beautiful patrons over at patreon.com/thelovesprockets :-)

and here's a blog post Jahnavi wrote about the lyrics jahnavinewsom.com/by-the-pale-moonlight-another-look-at-characters/

lyrics

"At your door I'm knocking
By the pale moonlight
Lend a pen I beg you
I've a word to write
Dark now is my candle
My fire burns no more
For the love of heaven
Open up the door"

My friend cries in answer
By the pale moonlight
"In my bed I'm lying
Late and chill's the night
Yonder at my neighbor's
Someone is astir
Fire's freshly kindled
Oh get a light from her"

To the neighbor's house then
By the pale moonlight
Goes our lonely author
To beg a pen and write
"Who knocks there so softly?"
Calls a voice above
"Open wide your door now
It is the God of Love."

Seek they pen and candle
By the pale moonlight
They can see so little
Dark is now the night
What they find in seeking
That is not revealed
All behind her door
Is carefully concealed

"Au claire de la lune
Mon amis Pierot
Pres te moi ta plume
Pour ecrire un mot
Ma chandelle est morte
Je n'ais plus de feu
Ouvre moi ta porte
Pour l'amour de Dieu"

credits

released June 26, 2016
Music by The Love Sprockets

Jahnavi Newsom - Vox, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjolin
Addison Rice - Vox, Banjo, Percussion
Lemmy the Loon - Guest Vocals

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