Under the cherry moon, I hold notes and carry tunes

from Common – Aquarius Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Reference to the 1986 Prince film, Under the Cherry Moon, where Prince plays a gigolo who swindles rich French women for money. “Hold notes and carry tunes” is a purposeful pun (“notes” meaning both musical notes and cash), and compares Common to Prince’s gigolo character; both are hustling and giving the people what they want.

You also see a big red light placed at the top of the booth like the moon beams red that means you’re recording, and he got the pad that he wrote on, rapping while he ride the beat…

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