It's Only a Paper Moon

by The Pied Pipers

The Pied Pipers were a popular singing group in the late 1930s and 1940s. Originally they consisted of eight members who had belonged to three separate groups: Jo Stafford from The Stafford Sisters, and seven male singers: John Huddleston, Hal Hopper, Chuck Lowry, Bud Hervey, George Tait, Woody New…




It's only a papermoon, s
ailin'over a cardboard sea,
But it wouldn't be make believe, 
if you believed in me.

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 phoney as it can be,
But it wouldn't be make believe, 
if you believed in me.

Written by: Billy Rose, E. Y. Harburg, Harold Arlen

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