Caught Between the Moon and New York City


I’ve been reading about Paris in the past couple of days, the beginnings of planning a weekend trip when my mum comes to visit in a couple of months. Somehow I then started to look for pictures of Paris at night that included the moon.

The other night I took this picture of the moon. I know it is not a great photo, it was never going to be good since it was taken on my phone.  And I’m not the photographer in the family – my other half takes excellent shots. Even though it is a poor quality photo it captured the colours of the sunset that night and more importantly, the crescent shaped moon which is the reason I took the shot in the first place. As it turns out I also kind of like how the picture is a bit grainy, in the style of my preferred type of art – impressionism.

So anyway, I was thinking about Paris and the moon and then all of a sudden a tune pops into my head and has stayed there ever since:

When you get caught between the moon and New York City
I know it’s crazy
But it’s true
If you get caught between the moon and New York City
The best that you can do
The best that you can do is fall in love

I think I used to play this tune on the piano, I definitely knew all of the words and could sing along if I heard it on the radio. I do know that the song this chorus comes from is called Arthur’s Theme, from the 1981 film ‘Arthur’, but I never saw the film.

It occurred to me though that I never understood what this phrase meant, about being caught between the moon and New York City. I guess if I had seen the film it would make sense.

A quick Google search answers my query: apparently this Arthur character was living in a  fantasy world, represented by the moon in the song. And his life intersects with a woman perhaps not enjoying her life in the real world (New York City) and they fall in love.

I should probably just watch the film for myself.

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