Very likely a reference to Crowley’s Moonchild and the Stones dabbling and sympathies with the devil, this song was recorded just after the Rolling Stones’ had released their album, ‘Their Satanic Majesties’, and continues the theme. It was the B-side of the single release, ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ (clearly a devil-child). The front story for the character of Jumpin Jack Flash is that he was named after a gardener.
JJF was only included in an L.P. after Brian Jones died: ‘Through the Past, Darkly’ – Big Hits Volume 2. Inside the album cover Brian Jones includes an anonymous verse:
“When this you see, remember me, and bear me in your mind. Let all the world say what they may, speak of me as you find.”
The events, practices, and fall-out around Brian Jones‘ death are certainly very odd, and eerily pertinent to the video of ‘Child of the Moon’ (watch the video below).
Was Brian Jones’ strange death Satanically scripted and subtly, unknowingly, notified in the video of Child of the Moon?
The Stones stared a little too long into the abyss.
“…for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche
…And did they call up something they could not handle?
I say to you againe, do not call up Any that you cannot put downe;
– H. P. Lovecraft