[Home]I Don't Believe In The Sun

The moon appears regularly in Stephin Merritt's songs: [14 instances were recorded] before 69 Love Songs, and the same source identifies even more songs that mention eyes, which also appear in this song (The only stars there really are / were shining in your eyes).

The sun/moon/stars symbolism is associated with heavenly, spiritual love [example].

mym observes: See also the great "wings of night" speech in Romeo & Juliet, a play packed with references to Love, the moon, the sun and the stars:

Come, gentle night, come, loving, black-brow'd night,
Give me my Romeo; and, when he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.

another case where astronomy will have to be revised.

LD Beghtol writes:

Alan Sparhawk of Low [official site] thinks this is the best song on the album, and once jokingly said in an interview that Stephin should just quit writing since he's making it that much harder on the rest of us songwriters…


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