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Full Moon

[Sandy Denny]

Acker Bilk, clarinet; Sandy Denny, piano; Jerry Donahue, guitar; Dave Mattacks, drums; Dave Pegg, bass; strings arranged by Harry Robinson.

  1. This was recorded at Basing Street Studios during the Summer of 1976, as part of the Rendezvous sessions, but left off, as it was felt that the album had too many ballads and not enough “rockers”. In retrospect this seems to be one of Sandy’s greatest songs. It was posthumously released on the Who Knows Where the Time Goes? box set, on the Hannibal CD reissue of Rendezvous, in 2004 on the 5CD Fledg’ling Sandy Denny anthology A Boxful of Treasures, and in 2005 as bonus track of the CD reissue of Rendezvous.
  2. An alternative version recorded at the same session was released on The Attic Tracks Vol. 1, without the Acker Bilk clarinet solo but with Dave Swarbrick more to the fore and taking the solo.
  3. Sandy recorded a demo of this song at home in Byfield in December 1975; she accompanied herself on piano. This track was included in the bonus CD of A Boxful of Treasures. Some verses differ slightly from the final version:

    (1.6) The full moon sailing high across the sky.
    (2.3) I can’t imagine how I pass the time,
    (2.6) I never dreamed you’d ever change your mind.
    (3.8) But you were all those things I’d never be.

    And the last three lines are completely different:

    Our lives will be so different from now on,
    Each and every good time will be longer.
    Full moon, full moon, full moon, full moon.

Cover Versions

  1. Mary Black on her album Full Tide (2005)
  2. The Julie July Band on their CD Who Knows Where the Time Goes? (July 2018)


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