By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1909)

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Billy Murray & Haydon Quartet, 1910

Featured above is an early recording from 1910, by Billy Murray & Haydon Quartet, of this popular 20th-century Tin Pan Alley song made famous by Doris Day in the film of the same name released in 1953. The music was written by Gus Edwards and the lyrics by Edward Madden in 1909. Also featured below are versions by Ada Jones from 1912, Fats Waller from 1942, Al Jolson from 1949, and the Doris Day rendition from the musical film.

Ada Jones rendition, 1912


Fats Waller rendition, 1942


Al Jolson rendition, 1949


Doris Day rendition, 1953


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LYRICS

Place park, scene dark, silvery moon is shining through the trees;
Cast two, me, you, sound of kisses floating on the breeze.
Act one, begun. Dialogue, “Where would you like to spoon?”
My cue, with you, underneath the silvery moon.
By the light of the silvery moon,
I want to spoon, to my honey I’ll croon love’s tune,
Honeymoon keep a-shining in June,
Your silvery beams will bring love dreams, we’ll be cuddling soon,
By the silvery moon.
Act two, scene new, roses blooming all around the place;
Cast three, you, me, Preacher with a solemn looking face.
Choir sings, bell rings, Preacher: “You are wed for evermore.”
Act two, all through, every night the same encore.
By the light, (By the light, By the light),
Of the silvery moon, (The silvery moon).
I want to spoon, (Want to spoon, Want to spoon)
To my honey I’ll croon love’s tune.
Honeymoon, (Honeymoon, Honeymoon),
Keep a-shining in June. (Keep a-shining in June)
Your silvery beams will bring love dreams,
We’ll be cuddling soon,
By the silvery moon.
Your silvery beams will bring love dreams,
We’ll be cuddling soon,
By the silvery moon. (The silvery moon).

  • gus7

    WOW! Such beautiful music. By the best artists, too.It has all the links needed forenjoyment and preservation. What more could be asked, I ask you?