East of the Sun (West of the Moon)

Composer and Lyricist Brooks Bowman
Year Written 1934
About East of the Sun (West of the Moon)
Brooks Bowman wrote “East of the Sun” while a student at Princeton University for a student musical production called Stags at Bay, produced by the Princeton Triangle Club. The song had great reception and was noted by Princeton alumnus F. Scott Fitzgerald. After his graduation from college in 1936, he worked briefly in Hollywood for the film industry, but decided to return to the East Coast. He was about to start a contract with a New York music publisher when he was killed in an automobile accident in 1937.


I wish that we could live up in the sky
Where we could find a place away up high
To live among the stars, the sun, the moon
Just you and I…
East of the sun and west of the moon,
We’ll build a dream house of love, dear.
Near to the sun in the day
Near to the moon at night,
We’ll live in a lovely way, dear
Living on love and pale moonlight.
Just you and I, forever and a day,
Love will not die, we’ll keep it that way,
Up among the stars we’ll find
A harmony of life to a lovely tune,
East of the sun and west of the moon, dear,
East of the sun and west of the moon.

Session / Album Information


“East of the Sun” was recorded in June 1992 and was released that year on Perfectly Frank. It was arranged by Ralph Sharon.

This recording released on:

  • 1992: Columbia CD: CK 52965 — Perfectly Frank
  • 1992: CBS/Sony CD: SRCS-6565 — Perfectly Frank [Japan
  • 2004: Columbia/Legacy CD: C5K 92784 — Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett
  • 2011: Disc #58 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK57) Perfectly Frank
  • 2014: Sony Music — Sixty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett

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