It's Only a Paper Moon

Album This song officially appears on the Kisses On the Bottom Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2012

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


Related interviews


Ich lag auf dem Teppich und lauschte

Jan 26, 2012 • From Die Zeit

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Song facts

“It’s Only a Paper Moon” is a 1932 song with music written by Harold Arlen and lyrics by Yip Harburg and Billy Rose. The song was written for an unsuccessful 1932 Broadway play called The Great Magoo. Hit recordings by Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman transformed this song into a jazz and pop standard. Paul McCartney covered it on his 2012 album “Kisses On The Bottom“.

Last updated on November 1, 2020

Lyrics

Say, it's only a paper moon
Sailing over a cardboard sea
But it wouldn't be make-believe
If you believe 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

~ Solo ~

Without your love
It's a honky-tonk parade
Without your love
It's a melody played in a penny arcade

Yes, it's a Barnum and Bailey world
About as phony as it can be
But it wouldn't be make-believe
If you believed in me
If you believed in me
If you, believed in me

Variations


A Cover from "Kisses On The Bottom"

L1 Live from Capitol Studios

Officially appears on


Kisses On the Bottom

Official album • Released in 2012

2:35 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
Tommy LiPuma :
Producer
Diana Krall :
Piano, Rhythm arrangement
Karriem Riggins :
Drums
Robert Hurst :
Bass
John Pizzarelli :
Guitar
Bucky Pizzarelli :
Guitar
Andy Stein :
Violin
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Genewick :
Additional engineering
Elliot Scheiner :
Additional engineering
Brian Montgomery :
Additional engineering

Session Recording:
April - May 2011 ?
Studio :
Capitol Records Building, Los Angeles, USA


Kisses On The Bottom - Complete Kisses

Official album • Released in 2012

2:35 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
Tommy LiPuma :
Producer
Diana Krall :
Piano, Rhythm arrangement
Karriem Riggins :
Drums
Robert Hurst :
Bass
John Pizzarelli :
Guitar
Bucky Pizzarelli :
Guitar
Andy Stein :
Violin
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Genewick :
Additional engineering
Elliot Scheiner :
Additional engineering
Brian Montgomery :
Additional engineering

Session Recording:
April - May 2011 ?
Studio :
Capitol Records Building, Los Angeles, USA


Kisses On The Bottom - Complete Kisses

Official album • Released in 2012

2:55 • LiveL1 • Live From Capitol Studios

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
Tommy LiPuma :
Producer
Diana Krall :
Piano
Karriem Riggins :
Drums
John Pizzarelli :
Guitar
John Clayton :
Bass
Anthony Wilson :
Guitar
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Sid Page :
Violin

Concert From "Live From Capitol Studios" in Los Angeles, USA on Feb 09, 2012


Kisses On the Bottom (Deluxe version)

Official album • Released in 2012

2:35 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
Tommy LiPuma :
Producer
Diana Krall :
Piano, Rhythm arrangement
Karriem Riggins :
Drums
Robert Hurst :
Bass
John Pizzarelli :
Guitar
Bucky Pizzarelli :
Guitar
Andy Stein :
Violin
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Genewick :
Additional engineering
Elliot Scheiner :
Additional engineering
Brian Montgomery :
Additional engineering

Session Recording:
April - May 2011 ?
Studio :
Capitol Records Building, Los Angeles, USA

Bootlegs


Kisses on the bottom - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

2:35 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
Tommy LiPuma :
Producer
Diana Krall :
Piano, Rhythm arrangement
Karriem Riggins :
Drums
Robert Hurst :
Bass
John Pizzarelli :
Guitar
Bucky Pizzarelli :
Guitar
Andy Stein :
Violin
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Steve Genewick :
Additional engineering
Elliot Scheiner :
Additional engineering
Brian Montgomery :
Additional engineering

Session Recording:
April - May 2011 ?
Studio :
Capitol Records Building, Los Angeles, USA


Kisses on the bottom - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

2:55 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
Tommy LiPuma :
Producer
Diana Krall :
Piano
Karriem Riggins :
Drums
John Pizzarelli :
Guitar
John Clayton :
Bass
Anthony Wilson :
Guitar
Al Schmitt :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Sid Page :
Violin

Concert From "Live From Capitol Studios" in Los Angeles, USA on Feb 09, 2012

Videos

Live performances

“It's Only a Paper Moon” has been played in 1 concerts.

Latest concerts where It's Only a Paper Moon has been played


Live From Capitol Studios

Feb 09, 2012 • USA • Los Angeles • Capitol Records Building

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