Karen O & Ezra Koenig "The Moon Song" lyrics:
I'm lying on the moon
My dear, I'll be there soon
It's a quiet starry place
Time's we're swallowed up
In space we're here a million miles away
There's things I wish I knew
There's no thing I'd keep from you
It's a dark and shiny place
But with you my dear
I'm safe and we're a million miles away
We’re lying on the moon
It’s a perfect afternoon
Your shadow follows me all day
Making sure that I'm
Okay and we’re a million miles away
The version of Karen O's "The Moon Song" that appeared in the film Her is one of five songs nominated for the "Best Original Song" category in this year's Oscars. Now, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman has shared a new version, featuring Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig sharing vocal duties with her. Listen above.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Karen O spoke about the song, her first Oscar nomination, and working with Koenig:
"It's wild because 'The Moon Song' was written and recorded in the most humble of circumstances; at my dining room table, a few paces away from the couch I read the script for Her for the first time. I wrote the song as a duet. I was really excited at the prospect of getting to record it with a male vocalist. Ezra was super cool and open, he slipped into character like a champ and damn he's got the goods. Singing this song with Ezra felt like fulfilling a wish of my die-hard romantic junior high self. It's a dreamy tune. Spike's Her is the gift that keeps on giving."
Even if you haven't yet seen Her, "The Moon Song" still resonates as one of the most unabashed, sweet love songs we've heard from indie rockers like O and Koenig. Their harmonies are pitch-perfect, and this version's sparse instrumentation (just a guitar and a piano) is done very tastefully. If anything, it will surely appeal to the "die-hard romantic junior high self" in all of us.
Apparently, this version of "The Moon Song" will appear (along with two other versions of the same song) on a three-song, iTunes-exclusive EP later this week. Stay tuned for that, and in the meantime, tide yourself over with the wealth of music and videos on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Vampire Weekend's respective Zumic artist pages.
Via: Rolling Stone