Updated: Nov 14, 2022
Terry wrote more moon songs than anyone I know.
He loved other people's moon songs too, particularly that heartbreaker from Jimmy Webb. But Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini hung that moon as far as he was concerned. Here he is singing Moon River in New Jersey and thinking about a girl out on the fire escape who was running away from everything.
"Over by the gantries under a cast iron moon
me and Delia dancing to a red accordion's tune
Micky said he loved her I said: 'You love the ponies more'
It was in the morning when they found him
in the mud down on the shore" https://terryclarke1.bandcamp.com/track/delias-gone
"Under a wedding-dress moon
Where a soft breeze croons
The song of the homeless heart."
"He had a ray from Buddy's moon
I saw it his pocket in the dressing room."
"The wind is weeping, the cornfield cries the blues
The moon is keeping a close watch, one step removed
The wind is weeping and baby I am too"
"I got my suit cut by a tailor
a hummingbird pulled the thread
My shirt’s made from a silk sheet
from my baby’s bed
We used to sing ‘Havana Moon’
a town I once knew well..... Bad man Stagger Lee" https://terryclarke1.bandcamp.com/track/stagger-lee
"I saw Johnny Kidd and his Pirate band
There was a Fender cutlass in his hand
There was a mirror ball up in the crow's nest
They sang Shakin' All Over and I was truly blessed
The Pirates' moon shone like a gold dubloon....." https://soundcloud.com/terryclarke47/home-of-the-gods
"Living on the Shelley River,
when the salmon came upstream
and those joker poachers blacked their faces
when the moon shone like fresh cream...." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXVUCnkIeDg