Song of the Week: “The Mantis & The Moon”

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We were honored to host Chris Slaten, a.k.a. Son of Laughter, for the inaugural house show at North Wind Manor earlier this summer. Chris is currently working with producer Ben Shive on a new album, and the new songs peppered throughout the show gave beautiful glimpses of the full-length record to come. The night was also highlighted by familiar songs we’ve grown to love, and our song of the week is the title track from Chris’s debut EP, The Mantis & The Moon. Few songwriters can craft such meaningful stories, let alone keep things as beautiful and lively as Son of Laughter. “The Mantis & The Moon” is a great example of why we all fell in love with this EP in the first place.

“The Mantis & The Moon”
by Son of Laughter
from the album The Mantis & The Moon

He was dreaming of their praise
when he saw the silver moon, the grand celestial stage.
He tried to trap it in a tree.
He used a noose of grass and waited patiently.
He tried it all to sit astride and rule above the world
that once had passed him by.

But I don’t want to be the mantis who tried to ride the moon.
I don’t want to be the sister who cut her sole to try to fit the shoe.
I don’t want to be someone who does not want to be who they are.
Still I find, half the time, I’m staring at the stars.

She was dreaming of escape
when she saw the golden shoe, the hopeless narrow shape.
She knew she could not fit the form
of the missing queen he’d been searching for.
So through the truth she carved her way
to leave the life she knew to find a better place.

But I don’t want to be the mantis who tried to ride the moon.
I don’t want to be the sister who cut her sole to try to fit the shoe.
I don’t want to be someone who does not want to be who they are.
Still I find, half the time, I’m staring at the stars.

He followed his heart into the night
with a new guitar, the endless road in sight.
Tired of waiting all his life,
he struck out on his own and kissed his cares goodbye.
The golden moon shone endlessly…
but the light awoke his wife and sleeping family.

I don’t want to be so far from you.
I don’t want to be so far from the truth.
I don’t want to be someone,
someone lost in desire –

a lonely little spark,
drifting through the dark,
headed for the stars,
far, far, far
from the fire

Matt Conner is a freelance writer and music journalist. As the founding pastor of The Mercy House, he led a church community for more than six years in intense community development across racial and socio-economic lines. As a writer, he’s interviewed thousands of musicians for multiple print and web-based publications.


1 Comment

  1. Lindsey Murphy

    Looking forward to the new album. The “Mantis and the Moon” album is on constant repeat in our home.

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