Moonshake (two chord version)

April 21, 2009 10:13 PM

Can cover, E7 and A7. Response to two challenges.

Long, long ago, I was challenged to record a version of "Moonshake". The idea kind of simmered in my head for a long time, until the two chord challenge thing came up.

So here's the funny part. The lyrics available in most places for this song (like here) are just obviously, laughably wrong. I decided I'd decode them myself, and I used this youtube video as my source.

Partway through the "transcription", I decided this Japanese German singer probably wasn't using English, but I went ahead and made some lyrics, Mondegreen-style. The results are below.

Incidentally anyone willing to part with a used copy of Julian Cope's Krautrocksampler is encouraged to MefiMail me.


my ignorance will straighten you out
you just dont want it in the state of your mind

youre coming down with my state of mind
youre coming on to the state i'm in

but its
de l'amour
woah woah
memory's criminal

the heat of dawn
in the state of your eyes

your jealous storm
in the state of your eyes

youre in love
and we start all the time

i kissed love
in the state of your mind

you are my bella noir
woah woah
memory's criminal

* * *

it cant be proven from the state of your mind
you're coming down with the state i'm in

where can you go when its not alright
you're just don't want to
stay in your mind

you are my bella noir
woah woah
and you feel my love

lemme be no more
lemme feel no more
forever be no more
forever feel no more

posted by arcanecrowbar (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

This has a great woozy atmosphere. It breathes well. Nicely done.
posted by umbú at 6:33 AM on April 22, 2009

Nice!! I really liked the percussion in this.
posted by sputgop at 2:25 PM on April 22, 2009

Great lyrics translation, great track. Domu Suzuki is one of my favorite lyricists even though I usually can't understand a single word. My old band covered a different Can song called Deadlocked and basically had to do the same thing.
posted by dagosto at 12:42 PM on April 24, 2009

I really like that kh-kh-kh-kh hi-hat. And the piano part, too. Good stuff overall.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 3:12 AM on April 26, 2009

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