Old Devil Moon

Old Devil Moon


PROFILE
Composer Burton Lane
Lyricist E.Y. “Yip” Harburg
Year Written 1947
About Old Devil Moon
“Old Devil Moon” was written for the 1947 musical Finian’s Rainbow, which also gave us “How Are Things in Glocca Morra?” While Alec Wilder was no fan of “How Are Things in Glocca Morra?”, in America Popular Song, he praises “Old Devil Moon” as “a well-written, wholly convincing song. It drives, and its initial intensity is sustained throughout.”

Lyrics

I look at you and suddenly
Something in your eyes I see
Soon begins bewitching me
It’s that old devil moon
That you stole from the sky
It’s that old devil moon in your eyes

You and your glance makes this romance too hot to handle
Stars in the night blazin’ their light can’t hold a candle
To your razzle dazzle
You’ve got me flyin’ high and wide
On a magic carpet ride
Full of butterflies inside
Wanna cry
Wanna croon
Wanna laugh like a loon
It’s that old devil moon in your eyes

Just when I think I’m free as a dove
Old Devil moon deep in your eyes
Blinds me with love

I looked at you and suddenly
Something in your eyes I see
Soon begins bewitching me
It’s that old devil moon
That you stole from the sky
It’s that old devil moon in your eyes

You and your glance makes this romance too hot to handle
Stars in the night blazin’ their light can’t hold a candle
To your razzle dazzle
You’ve got me flyin’ high and wide
On a magic carpet ride
Full of butterflies inside
Wanna cry
Wanna croon
Wanna laugh just like a loon
It’s that old devil moon in your eyes

Just when I think I’m free as a dove
Old Devil moon deep in your eyes
Blinds me with love

Session / Album Information

1954

“Old Devil Moon” was recorded on August 6, 1954 and released in 1955 on the album Cloud 7.

This recording   released on:

  • 1955: Columbia LP 12″: CL 621 — Cloud 7
  • 2004: Columbia CD: CK 85806 — Cloud 7
  • 2004: Jazz CD: 5060392000 — Cloud 7
  • 2007: Proper CD: PROPERBOX 121 — Young Tony
  • 2008: Not Now Music CD: NOT3CD010 — Three Original Hit Albums [UK]
  • 2011: Disc #9 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK9) – Cloud 7

1967

“Old Devil Moon” was recorded on January 18, 1967 and released that year on the album Tony Makes It Happen! It was arranged by Marion Evans.

This recording released on:

  • 1967: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9453 — Tony Makes It Happen!
  • 1967: Columbia LP 12″: CL 2653 — Tony Makes It Happen!
  • 1967: CBS LP 12″: SPBG 63055 — Tony Makes It Happen! [UK]
  • 2011: Disc #34 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK33) Tony Makes It Happen!

1971

“Old Devil Moon” was recorded on January 31, 1971 and released that year on the album Get Happy with The London Philharmonic Orchestra. It was arranged by Marion Evans.

This recording released on:

  • 1971: Columbia LP 12″: C 30953 — Get Happy with The London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 2011: Disc #42 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK41) Get Happy with The London Philharmonic Orchestra

1994

“Old Devil Moon” was recorded and televised live on April 12, 1994 on MTV. The MTV Unplugged album was released in June of that year. The songs from the televised concert were arranged by Tony Bennett and the Ralph Sharon Trio.

This recording released on:

  • 1993: Columbia CD: CK 66214 — MTV Unplugged
  • 2011: Discs #60/61 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK59) MTV Unplugged

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