Blue Moon

Blue Moon

PROFILE
Composer Richard Rodgers
Lyricist Lorenz Hart
Year Written 1933
About Blue Moon Although written in 1933, “Blue Moon” first appeared in the 1934 film Manhattan Melodrama, though with a completely different lyric.

Lyrics

Once upon a time
Before I took up smiling
I hated the moonlight!
Shadows of the night
That poets find beguiling
Seemed flat as the noonlight
With no one to stay up for
I went to sleep at ten
Life was a bitter cup
For the saddest of all men

Once upon a time
My heart was just an organ
My life had no mission
Now that I have you
To be as rich as Morgan
Is my one ambition
Once I awoke at seven
Hating the morning light
Now I awake in Heaven
And all the world’s all right

Blue moon you saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own
Blue moon
You knew just what I was there for
You heard me saying a pray’r for
Someone I really could care for
And then there suddenly appeared before me
The only one my arms will ever hold
I heard somebody whisper “Please adore me”
And when I looked, the moon had turned to gold!
Blue moon! Now I’m no longer alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own

Blue moon you saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own
Blue moon
You knew just what I was there for
You heard me saying a prayer for
Someone I really could care for
And then there suddenly appeared before me
The only one my arms will ever hold
I heard somebody whisper “Please adore me”
And when I looked, the moon had turned to gold!
Blue moon! Now I’m no longer alone
Without a dream in my heart

Session / Album Information

1957

“Blue Moon” was recorded on June 19, 1957 and released the following year as a single. It was arranged by Ralph Sharon.

This recording released on:

  • 1958: Columbia 45: 4-41298
  • 2011: Disc #7 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK7) The Columbia Singles, Vol. 5

1958-1

Blue Moon was recorded on April 8, 1958 and released in 1958 on the album Long Ago and Far Away. It was arranged by Frank DeVol.


This recording  released on:

  • 1958: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 1186 — Long Ago And Far Away
  • 2011:  Disc #12 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK2) Long Ago and Far Away

1958-2

“Blue Moon” was recorded live on November 28, 1958 but was not released until 2011 on Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 1, from the Tony Bennett Complete Collection.

This recording released on:

  • 2011: Disc #1 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK1) Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 1

1973

“Blue Moon” was recorded in July, 1973 and released in 1976 on Tony Bennett Sings 10 Rodgers & Hart Songs.

This recording released on:

  • 1976: Improv LP 12″: 7113 — Tony Bennett Sings 10 Rodgers & Hart Songs
  • unknown: Disky CD: BX 883552 — As Time Goes By
  • 1990: King CD: KICP-2046 — The Rodgers and Hart Songbook [Japan
  • 1991: Improv LP 12″: DARC2-2102 — The Rodgers And Hart Songbook
  • 2000: Horatio Nelson CD: HNRCD9001 — The Essential Tony Bennett (UK)
  • 2002: Recall CD: RECA 353 — Have You Met Miss Jones? [UK]
  • 2004: Concord CD: CCD4-2255 — The Complete Improv Recordings
  • 2005: Concord CD: 2243 — Sings the Rodgers & Hart Songbook
  • 2006: Universal CD: 3122432 — Sings The Rodgers & Hart Songbook (UK)
  • 2011: Concord CRE-32955-02 – The Best of the Improv Recordings
  • 2011: Disc #50 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK49) Tony Bennett’s Sings 10 Rodgers & Hart Songs

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