''It was originally inspired by a film I loved, 'Houdini', starring Tony Curtis, which was about attempts to contact Houdini after he'd died, through spiritualism... it was originally a song influenced by that, but a lot of other things must have crept in there without me realizing it.'' - Mike Oldfield
''I sat down all night with a lovely bottle of Chateau Latour, a rhyming dictionary and thesaurus, and a pen and pad. The first thing that came into my mind was that it was night, was that there had to be ‘moon’ in it. The moon was making shadows of the trees and I thought: ‘Alright I‘ll have some of that in’. Ideas and phrases and words poured out in a great big mixture onto the pad, and I started fitting them together. At about five o’clock in the morning I had something that looked like a reasonable song.'' - Mike Oldfield
''Maggie turned up next day and she wanted to sing it out in a soulful way, belt it out as rock song. And I thought that wasn’t going to work, so I put the mic up very close to her mouth and said: ‘Maggie, just whisper it, like you’re whispering in someone’s ear,’ which she’d never done before. I’m pleased with all the work that went into it, because it was successful and it still sounds very good today.'' - Mike Oldfield
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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