The song was a hit twice in 1949 with successful recordings by Billy Eckstine and Mel Tormé. In 1961, "Blue Moon" became an international number one hit for the doo-wop group The Marcels, on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and in the UK Singles chart.
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 moonlight
But no one to stay up for I went to sleep at ten Life was a bitter cup for The saddest of all men...
Blue moon, you saw me standin' 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 sayin' 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 Without a love of my own