It's Only a Paper Moon

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"It's Only a Paper Moon" is a popular song published in 1933 with music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by Yip Harburg and Billy Rose. It was originally titled "If You Believed in Me," but later went by the more popular title "It's Only a Paper Moon." The song was written for an unsuccessful 1932 Broadway play called The Great Magoo that was set in Coney Island. Claire Carleton first performed this song on December 2, 1932. It was used in the movie Take a Chance in 1933 when it was sung by June Knight and Charles "Buddy" Rogers. Paul Whiteman recorded a hit version later that year, featuring Bunny Berigan on trumpet and Peggy Healy on vocals. Another popular 1933 recording was done by Cliff Edwards. The song's lasting fame stems from its revival by popular artists during the last years of World War II, with hit recordings being made by Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and Benny Goodman (vocal by Dottie Reid). It is now regarded as a jazz and pop standard, and has been recorded by numerous artists over the years. 


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2005
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Said it is only a paper moon 
Sailing over a cardboard sea
But it wouldn't be make believe 
If you believed in me

Say it is 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

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

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Nat King Cole

Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), known professionally as Nat King Cole, was a musician who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. He owes most of his popular musical fame to his soft baritone voice, which he used to perform in big band and jazz genres. He was one of the first black Americans to host a television variety show, and has maintained worldwide popularity since his death. more »

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Written by: BILLY ROSE, E. Y. HARBURG, HAROLD ARLEN

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