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It's Only a Paper Moon

Lyrics:E. Y. Harburg ,Billy Rose
Music:Harold Arlen

The song was publishe 1933.

It was written originally for an unsuccessful Broadway play called
The Great Magoo, set in Coney Island.
It was subsequently used in the movie Take a Chance, in 1933,
and Paul Whiteman recorded a successful version, sung by Peggy Healey.
But its lasting fame stems from recordings by popular artists
during the last years of World War II, when versions by
Ella Fitzgerald and the Nat King Cole Trio became popular.
It has endured as a vehicle for improvisation by many jazz musicians.

It is only a paper moon
Sailin' over a cardboard sea
But it wouldn't be make-believe
If you believed in me

Yes, it's only a canvas sky
Hanging over a muslin tree
But it wouldn't be make-believe
If you believed in me

Without your love
It's a honky-tonk parade
Without your love
It's a melody played in a penny arcade

It's a Barnum and Bailey world
Just as phony as it can be
But it wouldn't be make-believe
If you believed in me.

Ella Fitzgerald(It's Only a Paper Moon)
Ella Fitzgerald

Frank Sinatra(It's Only a Paper Moon)
Frank Sinatra

Nat “King” Cole

Rosemary Clooney(It's Only a Paper Moon)
Rosemary Clooney

Bing Crosby(It's Only a Paper Moon)
Bing Crosby

Ella Fitzgerald

Frank Sinatra

The Nat King Cole Trio

Rosemary Clooney

Bing Crosby

"When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone in the air.
You can never capture it again. "

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