It's Only A Paper Moon
(1933)
Yip Harburg/Billy Rose (w), Harold Arlen (m)
It's Only A Paper Moon
E.Y. Harburg (w), Harold Arlen (m), Billy Rose (c)
Take A Chance, 1933
VERSE
I never feel, a thing is real,
When I'm away from you,
Out of your embrace,
The world's a temporary parking place.
Mmm, mm, mm, mm,
A bubble for a minute,
Mm, mm,
You smile, the bubble has a rainbow in it.
REFRAIN
Say, it's only a paper moon,
Sailing over a cardboard sea,
But it wouldn't be make believe,
If you believed in me.
Yes, it's only a canvas sky,
Hanging over a muslin tree,
But it wouldn't be make believe,
If you believed in me.
Without your love,
It's a honky tonk parade,
Without your love,
It's a melody played in a penny arcade.
It's a Barnum and Bailey world,
Just as phony as it can be,
But it wouldn't be make believe
If you believed in me.
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RecordedPerformersLabelCat.#Matrix
Lester YoungAladdin127
King Cole TrioCapitol883
King Cole TrioCapitol1650
Chromise,JoeChampion16703G19422
Vaughn MonroeRCA Victor20-1703
Jess StacyRCA Victor20-1708B
Perry Como (Mitchell Ayres OrchestraRCA Victor20-4034A
Herb Gordon & His OrchestraRomeo214314075
09/07/1933Hal Kemp & His OrchestraBrunswick6648C612
09/07/1933George Olsen & His OrchestraColumbia2811-DW152483
09/11/1933Paul Whiteman & His OrchestraVictor24400-A77645
09/11/1933Henry King & Hotel Pierre OrchestraVocalion255013989
09/15/1933Bill Scotti & His OrchestraBluebirdB5178-B77681
09/15/1933Bill Scotti & His OrchestraBluebirdB5181-A77681
09/15/1933Bill Scotti & His OrchestraSunriseS-326177681
09/26/1933Herb Gordon & His OrchestraConqueror827714075
09/26/1933Bob Causer's CorneliansMelotoneM1280614075
09/26/1933Herb Gordon & His OrchestraOriole277014075
09/26/1933Herb Gordon & His OrchestraPerfect1582914075
09/27/1933Herb Gordon & His OrchestraBanner3287114075
10/05/1933Conrad ThibaultVictor24424-A78092
10/24/1933Cliff EdwardsVocalion258714143
07/25/1941John Kirby & HoVictor27598066897
12/15/1943King Cole TrioCapitol20012141
03/27/1945The Delta Rhythm BoysDecca2913672798
03/27/1945Ella Fitzgerald Delta RhythmDecca2342572798
06/18/1945Benny Goodman & His OrchestraColumbia36843CO35010
05/29/1946Eddie Heywood & His OrchestraDecca23812-A73609
04/24/1950Frank Sinatra (George Siravo Orch)Columbia38997CO43181
YearTitleMediumTypeUsage
1932stagestage originalnot used/dropped
1933Take A Chancefilmfilm originalintroduced
1945Too Young To Knowfilmfilm originalreused
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