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It's Only A Paper Moon

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"It's Only a Paper Moon" is a popular song written by Harold Arlen and published in 1933, with lyrics by E. Y. Harburg and Billy Rose.[1] It was written originally for an unsuccessful Broadway play called The Great Magoo, set in Coney Island.

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.

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

Yes, it's only a canvas sky
Hangin' 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

credits

from Everytime We Say Goodbye, released March 15, 2012
Harold Arlen, lyrics by E. Y. Harburg and Billy Rose
George Mesterhazy, paino-melodica-keyboards
Lisa Lindsley, vocals

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Lisa Lindsley Paris, France

Sultry chanteuse Lisa Lindsley, sings on stages from Paris-San Francisco, sings timeless standards from the 20′s-40’s. She's been described as a glass of Champagne, cool, refreshing and mildly intoxicating.

“The mood is intimate…Lindsley’s simple delivery is delicate and unaffected.” John Ephland- Downbeat, March 2012 issue (3 stars)
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