Shadow of the Moon

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1. Shadow Of The Moon 5:07
2. The Clock Ticks On 5:14
3. Be Mine Tonight 2:51
4. Play Minstrel Play 3:58
5. Ocean Gypsy 6:05
6. Minstrel Hall 2:36
7. Magical World 4:01
8. Writing On The Wall 4:35
9. Renaissance Faire 4:16
10. Memmingen 1:06
11. No Second Chance 5:38
12. Mond Tanz 3:33
13. Spirit Of The Sea 4:50
14. Greensleeves 3:47
15. Wish You Were Here 5:02
Various Bonus tracks on different albums
Minstrel Hall
Possum’s Last Dance – Bonus Track
Shadow of the Moon – Asian Version

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Shadow Of The Moon

Written by: R. Blackmore & C. Night

There is an ancient oriental philosophy that says that sunlight blocks our creative passage with the universe. The daytime sky gives us false boundaries. Only when you see the night sky do you realize the infinity of the universe and the outer limits of what you are truly capable of… Draw from that power. Breathe it in and keep it in you heart always. This song is about not allowing the material world to come between you and your creativity. Allow your inner gypsy to be free to dance in the “Shadow of The Moon.”

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The Clock Ticks On

music written and arranged by Ritchie Blackmore traditional composition by Tielman Susato  lyrics by Candice Night

Past life, reincarnation – maybe. Does time really change us that much? Or just our perception and appearance? The passage of time. When you walk into a place you have never been to before and you feel as if you have lived there your whole life. A calling stronger than remembrance. No matter how quickly time passes, it doesn’t dull or change the familiarity.

Original Version

Blackmore’s Night Version

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Be Mine Tonight

Written by R. Blackmore & C. Night

Taking time out to look back over the time spent with your true love. When you meet the person you have shared many lifetimes with… You’ve been through it all together and have only grown closer. Tend the garden of your relationship with love, care, honesty and respect. You look back and the years seem to fly like minutes, but one look in this person’s eyes and you know you are home. This song is for you.

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Play Minstrel Play

written by Traditional song by Pierre Attaingnant adapted by R. Blackmore / C. Night   Special guest appearance by Ian Anderson

The power that a musician has over the people. Music can dictate your emotions. It can make you laugh or cry. It can excite or relax you. And the musician who creates that music is the magician. The story of the Pied Piper of Hamlin – or your favourite musician. You choose…   *Joining Ritchie on “Play Minstrel Play” will be Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull (appearing courtesy of Chrysalis Records).

Original Version

Blackmore’s Night Version

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Ocean Gypsy

written by M. Dunford / B. Thatcher  This song was original performed by Renaissance

We first heard this haunting melody when Annie Haslam gave us a tape of the band Renaissance. We fell in love with this song.
 

Original Version

Blackmore’s Night Version

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Minstrel Hall

Written by R. Blackmore  Instrumental piece

This is where we live and recorded this album. The melody is a reflection of stone walls, tapestries, lit torches and occasional friendly spirits passing through…

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Magical World

Written by Traditional composition by Wassail adapted by R. Blackmore / C. Night

    A familiar story. Star-crossed lovers in life. Left to be together and enjoy their love only in death. Tragic and timeless.

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Writing On The Wall

Traditional composition by P. Tchaikovsky adapted by R. Blackmore / C. Night

 Some people call it “sixth sense,” “perception,” “a feeling.” The process of learning that instead of trying to analyze, explain, and understand everything, you should go with what you feel is right. Intuition is the most intense power a human can have. Learn to trust it.

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Renaissance Faire

Written by Traditional composition by T. Susato adapted by R. Blackmore / C. Night

  To play with the minstrels, run with the gypsies and fight with the knights. To sip the mead and allow the fortune tellers to predict your future. To sit in the shade of a willow and sing with the madrigals. To run barefoot in long skirts with flowers in your hair – if for only a day. The doorway to the past is left ajar for you to experience… through the Renaissance Faire.

Original Version

Blackmore’s Night Version

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Memmingen

Written by R. Blackmore  Instrumental piece

Inspired by visiting this German medieval town and then being invited to join a party of friends who have a musical group called “Des Geyers Schwartzer Haufen.” We spent the night with about 2,000 equally anachronistic musical enthusiasts around bonfires playing renaissance music. The moon was bright, the medieval clock tower was illuminated and lots of mead and ale were consumed with good company. My favourite way of spending and evening.

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No Second Chance

written by R. Blackmore / C. Night

Self-redemption. Only when the darkness of the storm fades can you feel the warmth of a new day. Only when you decide not to take anymore of a negative situation can you begin anew.  Memories will always be there for you but a new life beings now.

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Mond Tanz

Written by R. Blackmore Instrumental piece

German for “Moon Dance.” Inspired by observing a group of gypsies that congregate to dance in the field next to my house to drum in the summer solstice when the moon is full.

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 Spirit Of The Sea

Written by R. Blackmore / C. Night
A story of sea-faring guardian angel. A tale of a love separated only by realm. Although you may not be able to hold someone that you love in your arms – they are always around you… guiding you, comforting you. And no matter how lost you feel, your guardian will always show you the path – if you allow them.

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Greensleeves

   Traditional composition by Anonymous © R. Blackmore – arrangement 1997

 Rumoured to have been written by Henry VIII – or more likely, one of the minstrels whom he beheaded and took the publishing. The original song has about 24 verses. This is RITCHIE’s third version of this song.

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Wish You Were Here

Written by L. Teijo performed by Rednex on their Album sex and Violins.

 Thanks to Rednex for a wonderful song.

Original Version

Blackmore’s Night Version

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Various Promo / Collectible Versions of this album

Shadow of the Moon LP Vinyl (Rare)

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