“Yellow Moon”

“Yellow Moon”

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the Song

Aaron Neville
“Yellow Moon”

Written by A. Neville / J. Neville
Recorded by The Neville Brothers

I was recording with the Neville Bros. at the time I wrote this. My wife was on a long anticipated cruise with her sister. They’d wanted to go for a long time and this was the only time her sister had available. Even though it was our 25th wedding anniversary, I thought it would be fun for her so I encouraged her to go. I said I’d stay home and watch the kids, and the kids thought it was pretty cool.

So I was at home in New Orleans and I was lonely. I just happened to look out of the window and there was a full moon. It looked so close — it was big and yellow. It was a personal thing, a tribute to my wife and I just started writing. When I write, it comes to me like someone is telling me the words.

I put my wife’s name down as co-writer since it was definitely inspired by her and I couldn’t have written it without feeling about her the way I do.

In 1989 our album was named after this title cut and we performed it in 2000 at Farm Aid and it was on the album Farm Aid — Volume One Live. It, of course, continues to have a very special meaning to me.

“Yellow Moon”

Oh, yellow moon, yellow moon,

Why you keep peeping in my window?

Do you know something

Do you know something I don’t know?

Did you see my baby

Walking down the railroad tracks?

You can tell me

If the girl’s never coming back.

Is she hid out with another

Or is she trying to get back home?

Is she wrapped up in some other’s arms?

Or is the girl somewhere all alone?

Can you see if she is missing me,

Or is she having a real good time?

Has she forgotten all about,

Or is the girl still mine all mine?

With your eye so big a shiny

You can see the whole damn land

Yellow moon can you tell me

If the girl’s with another man?

Oh yellow moon, yellow moon, yellow moon,

Have you seen that Creole woman?

You can tell me,

Now ain’t you a friend of mine?

With your eye so big a shiny

You can see the whole damn land

Yellow moon can you tell me

If the girl’s with another man?

Oh yellow moon, yellow moon, yellow moon,

Have you seen that Creole woman?

You can tell me,

Now ain’t you a friend of mine?

Written by A. Neville / J. Neville. © NEVILLE MUSIC CO; APACHE RED MUSIC

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