♫ Under A Violet Moon ♫

Ay ay ay!!!  How in heck did this begin?  Well, for those who may not have been following the thread, long story short, our dear friend Clive rather challenged me to play an AC/DC song called Whole Lotta Rosie.  Now, he was pretty sure I would not play it and he could hold that over my head for sometime into eternity, but I’m nothing if not a stubborn wench, so … yeah, I played it.  Meanwhile, though, friend Carolyn had begged me not to cave to Clive’s request, for she had a side bet with him that she’d listen to it if I played it!  Since I already owe Carolyn a big one because of Betsy, then I am now twice in debt to Carolyn. Confused yet? 😵‍ She said I could pay her back by playing an ABBA song, so I was looking forward to playing Dancing Queen, but instead she emailed me links to two songs by a band I’ve never heard of before (and might have been content to go to my ash heap without ever hearing them!) … Blackmore’s Night.  I think there’s more to this request than I’ve been told, but hey … I keep my promises, so this one is for you, my dear Carolyn!

According to Wikipedia, Blackmore’s Night …

“… is a British-American traditional folk rock band formed in 1997, consisting mainly of Ritchie Blackmore (acoustic guitar, hurdy gurdy, mandola, mandolin, nyckelharpe, and electric guitar) and Candice Night (lead vocals, lyricist, and woodwinds). Their lineup has seen many changes over the years; Blackmore and Night have been the only two constant members. They have released eleven studio albums.”

WTF is a “hurdy gurdy” and a “nyckelharpe”???

Today’s song, the title song from their second studio album, was released in Japan in April 1999, and the lyrics to the title track were partly written by Blackmore, “the only time to date he has tried his hand at such,” according to Blackmore biographer Jerry Bloom.  The title was created from his mother’s first name and his grandmother’s surname.

Says Candice Night, this song …

“… was written while we were touring and realized that we needed more upbeat songs to implement into the stage set. So we wrote more gypsy based and faster tempo numbers for that album.”

According to Songfacts …

The lyrics, which feature lines such as “Leave this world behind. We’ll have a drink and toast to ourselves,” and “lose yourself in a medieval mood,” not only characterize the neo-renaissance style of the duo’s music, but also imply Blackmore’s resistance to returning to rock music. Often in interviews Blackmore is asked whether he would reunite with his old rock bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. The lyric, “we’re going back to a time we knew” suggests that medieval music has always been at the heart of Ritchie’s past.

Under A Violet Moon

Blackmore’s Night

Dancing to the feel of the drum
Leave this world behind
We’ll have a drink and toast to ourselves
Under a Violet Moon

Tudor Rose with her hair in curls
Will make you turn and stare
Try to steal a kiss at the bridge
Under a Violet Moon

Raise your hats and your glasses too
We will dance the whole night through
We’re going back to a time we knew
Under a Violet Moon

Cheers to the Knights and days of old
the beggars and the thieves
living in an enchanted wood
Under a Violet Moon

Fortuneteller what do you see
Future in a card
Share your secrets, tell them to me
Under a Violet Moon

Raise your hats and your glasses too
We will dance the whole night through
We’re going back to a time we knew
Under a Violet Moon

Raise your hats and your glasses too
We will dance the whole night through
We’re going back to a time we knew
Under a Violet Moon

Close your eyes and lose yourself
In a medieval mood
Taste the treasures and sing the tunes
Under a Violet Moon

Tis my delight on a shiny night
The seasons of a year
To keep the lanterns burning bright
Under a Violet Moon

Raise your hats and your glasses too
We will dance the whole night through
We’re going back to a time we knew
Under a Violet Moon

Raise your hats and your glasses too
We will dance the whole night through
We’re going back to a time we knew
Under a Violet Moon

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Candice Night / Ritchie Blackmore

Under a Violet Moon lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc