Old Devil Moon

Don Francks, Petula Clark

About Old Devil Moon

"Old Devil Moon" is a popular song composed by Burton Lane, with lyrics by Yip Harburg for the 1947 musical Finian's Rainbow. It was introduced by Ella Logan and Donald Richards in the Broadway show. In the 1968 film version, the song was performed by Don Francks and Petula Clark.


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I look at you and suddenly
Something in your eyes I see
Soon begins bewitching me
It's that old devil moon
That you stole from the skies
It's that old devil moon in your eyes

You and you glance make this romance
Too hot to handle
Stars in the night
Blazing their light
Can't hold a candle
To your razzle-dazzle

You've got me flyin' high and wide
On a magic carpet ride
Full of butterflies inside
Wanna cry, wanna croon
Wanna laugh like a loon
It's that old devil moon in your eyes

Just when I think
I'm free as a dove
Old devil moon
Deep in your eyes
Blinds me with love

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Petula Clark

Petula Sally Olwen Clark, CBE (born 15 November 1932) is an English singer, actress, and composer whose career has spanned seven decades. more »

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Written by: Burton Lane, E. Y. Harburg

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12 facts about this song

Song Origin
"Old Devil Moon" is a popular song composed by Burton Lane, with lyrics by E.Y. Harburg for the 1947 musical "Finian's Rainbow" which starred Ella Logan.
Ella Logan, as the original performer, popularized the song "Old Devil Moon" in Broadway theater. She sang it in the original Broadway production of "Finian's Rainbow."
Cultural Impact
The song has become a standard, recorded by many artists, which includes Petula Clark.
Petula Clark Version
Petula Clark, an English singer, actress and composer, performed her version of "Old Devil Moon" in her album titled "The Sound of Petula Clark" released in 1972.
Notable Cover
Frank Sinatra also released a version of "Old Devil Moon" in his 1955 album titled "Swing Easy."
Trivial Fact
Ella Logan was actually a Scottish-American actress and singer, which likely contributed to her powerful delivery and unique interpretation of the song.
Track Information
In most renditions, the song runs for about 3 to 4 minutes, but Ella Logan's original Broadway rendition was slightly longer.
Musical Style
"Old Devil Moon" is characterized by its catchy tune and playful lyrics, fitting into musical comedy and jazz genres.
Despite the popularity of the song, it did not win any awards. However, the musical it is from, "Finian's Rainbow", was nominated for multiple Tony awards in 1947.
Film Adaptation
Ella Logan's performance of "Old Devil Moon" was not included in the 1968 film adaptation of "Finian's Rainbow", leading to a surge in popularity for the stage version.
Critical Reception
The song "Old Devil Moon" has been noted by critics for its memorable melody and the clever, whimsical lyrics written by E.Y. Harburg.
The song "Old Devil Moon" is often viewed as one of Burton Lane’s major contributions to the American Songbook.

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