Aug 122012
 

from TWO SIDES OF THE MOON

written by John Lennon

The late Keith Moon was the incredible drummer of the legendary UK rock band, The Who. Moon, with his partners, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and Roger Entwistle, brought on the charts timeless rock anthems like “My Generation,” “The Kids Are Alright,” “I Can’t Explain,” “Baba O’Riley” and “Who Are You.” The Who were also famous for their explosive live shows and for releasing, in 1969, the first rock opera, the extraordinary “Tommy” that will become a movie in 1975 directed by Ken Russell and starring Daltrey alongside Elton John and Tina Turner.

That same year saw the release of Moon’s solo album entitled “Two Sides Of The Moon.” The drummer presented a collection of pop/rock covers written by big names like Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and his band mate, Townshend. Moon sung all the material even though he really didn’t have a distinctive voice and played drums on just three songs. Musically “Two Sides Of The Moon” has more shadows than lights but it was well performed by an endless number of top players and includes an impressive list of guests like Ringo Starr, David Bowie, John Sebastian and Harry Nilsson. Among the best tracks there’s a rendition of an obscure Lennon composition called “Move Over Ms. L.” Originally the b-side of the former Beatle’s single “Stand By Me,” “Move Over Ms. L” is an energetic track with very powerful guitar playing by Joe Walsh of the Eagles, strong horns and some nasty piano playing by a young but already amazing, David Foster. Moon’s voice here is pretty good compared to other weak performances on the album and the overall result is a pretty good rock song. This version of “Move Over Ms. L” was also a b-side included on Moon’s single “Solid Gold.”


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Lead Vocal: Keith Moon
Drums: Keith Moon & Ron Grinel
Bass: Paul Stallworth
Piano: David Foster
Guitar: Jesse Ed Davis
Guitar & Solo: Joe Walsh
Horns: Ollie Mitchell & Steve Douglas

Horns Arranged by Mal Evans
Basic Tracks Produced by Mal Evans
Produced & Directed by John Stronach & Skip Taylor

 


Lyrics

Well, now the underground and overjoyed, they come out just the same,
don’t wanna get to real man, just wanna play the game.
I guess you knew it all along we was singing in the rain,
can’t get to hipped to the down trip, the ship is sailing yet,
and if it sinks you know, that all you really get is wet.

Move over, Ms L.
You know I wish you well.
Move over, Ms L.
You know I wish you well.
Move over, Ms L.
You know I wish you well

(Guitar solo)

Now to err is something human and forgiving so divine,
I’ll forgive your trespasses if you forgive mine.
Life’s a deal you knew it when you signed the dotted line,
they nail you to the paper put a rope around your neck.
And so we sing along the boy stood on the burning deck.

Move over, Ms L.
You know I wish you well.
Move over, Ms L.
You know I wish you well.
Move over, Ms L.
You know I wish you well

(Guitar Solo and Sax Solo)

Well now momma poppa told me son you better watch your head,
your head is full of snakes boy you’re better red than dead.
They’re starving back in China that’s what they always said.
Can’t get head in the head shop yer jeans is full of crap,
you’re full of beans you’re in your teens,
you lost your Momma’s road map.

Move over, Ms L.
You know I wish you well.
Move over, Ms L.
You know I wish you well.
Move over, Ms L.
You know I wish you well