It was published in 1934 and soon became a hallmark of the Princeton Tigertones, one of Princeton University's all-male a cappella groups. The standard is also sung by the Princeton Nassoons, Princeton University's oldest a cappella group.
"East of the Sun" was first recorded by Hal Kemp for Brunswick Records on Dec. 1, 1934. A favorite song on campus, it has been arranged in many different formats, and continues to be featured on student group albums as recently as 2010. Since the 1950s the song has become a popular staple of many jazz musicians.
I wish that we could live up in the sky Where we could find a place away up high 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 our 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