The Ballad of the Surfer Moon

from by David Nigel Lloyd

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Late one night on Malibu Beach, shortly after we set out to be Rock Stars, Pat Meehan found himself discussing surf music with one of his heroes, the-soon-to-be-late Keith Moon. Five years later, just before dawn in the Texas Hill Country where gita and I were honeymooning, I wrote this song about it. A thunderstorm had been simmering all night and I could not sleep. Lightning. Thunder. Sheets of rain. The song came all in one sitting.


— for Pat Meehan

A song upon our cusp of dawn,
now the Surfer Moon, he has come and gone:
We were shocked by his untimely severance.
But Death, it seems, shared his irreverence.
Oh, I know how well you loved the song
when the stars were wild and the night was strong.

Let this purple lingo for the moment preside:
It was you who saw him surf the phosphor tide.
In the sea of sadness our Prince Of Laughter
drowned so finally whatever we were after.
So, here’s to us and our decision,
the graceless word, the birth incision,
our wives so glad to hear us say
let’s not turn from the light of day.
Then you and I will meet as friends.
But, not as boys, for now we’re only men.

Those that know they are the world
Who are this very thing they cherish
Who love with love that’s not in vain
Why should they choose to let it perish?

words and music: David Nigel Lloyd


from Dark Ages —remastered 2nd edition, released August 17, 1984
Pat Meehan: bongos.
Brandon 'Straitjacket' Cutis: fiddle.
DNL: guitar, penny whistle, zills, vocals.



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David Nigel Lloyd Yreka, California

David Nigel Lloyd emerged from LA’s new wave scene with the acoustic Dark Ages in 1984. An Age of Fable added traditional songs to the DNL mix in 1987. Death in Los Fumos [1996] blended song poetry, skits and found sound while How Like Ghosts Are We [1998] returned to traditional music. Rivers, Kings and Curses featured blues legend Nat Dove and the Incredible String Band’s Robin Williamson. ... more

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