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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

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“It’s Only a Paper Moon” is a popular song written by Harold Arlen and published in 1933, with lyrics by E. Y. Harburg and Billy Rose. It was written originally for an unsuccessful Broadway play called The Great Magoo, set in Coney Island. It was subsequently used in the movie Take a Chance, in 1933, and Paul Whiteman recorded a successful version, sung by Peggy Healey. But its lasting fame stems from recordings by popular artists during the last years of World War II, when versions by Ella Fitzgerald and the Nat King Cole Trio became popular. It has endured as a vehicle for improvisation by many jazz musicians.

There was a resurgence of interest in the song when the Paul Whiteman Orchestra’s recording was used in the 1973 Oscar-winning film Paper Moon. The song also featured in and lent its name to the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “It’s Only a Paper Moon”, being performed in that episode by James Darren.

A verse from this song was used by the Japanese author Haruki Murakami as the theme for his prize-winning epic “1Q84”.

Last updated on February 22, 2014

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

Officially appears on


Kisses On the Bottom

Official album • Released in 2012

2:35 • Studio version

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

Studio:
Capitol Studios, Los Angeles


Kisses On The Bottom - Complete Kisses

Official album • Released in 2012

2:35 • Studio version


Bootlegs


Kisses on the bottom - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

2:35 • Studio version


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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