On day as Johnny Mercer was driving along a California freeway, he heard a jazz instrumental tune. Mercer pulled into a filling station, called the radio station and said, "This is Johnny Mercer. Would you mind playing that again? I love it." On hearing it a second time, Mercer committed the melody to his uncanny memory and set to work on a lyric.
One famous recording of the song with the Mercer lyrics is by Ella Fitzgerald on her 1957 album Like Someone in Love. Fitzgerald recorded the song again for her 1964 album Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Johnny Mercer Songbook.
Your lips were like a red and ruby chalice, Warmer than the summer night The clouds were like an alabaster palace Rising to a snowy height. Each star it's own aurora borealis, Suddenly you held me tight, I could see the Midnight Sun.
I can't explain the silver rain that found me Or was that a moonlit veil? The music of the universe around me, Or was that a nightingale? And then your arms miraculously found me, Suddenly the sky turned pale, I could see the Midnight Sun.
Was there such a night, It's a thrill I still don't quite believe, But after you were gone, There was still some stardust on my sleeve.
The flame of it may dwindle to an ember, And the stars forget to shine, And we may see the meadow in December, Icy white and crystal line. But oh my darling always I'll remember When your lips were close to mine, And we saw the Midnight Sun.