By the Light of the Silvery Moon (song)

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"By The Light of the Silvery Moon"
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Sheet music cover, 1909
Song
Published1909
Composer(s)Gus Edwards
Lyricist(s)Edward Madden

"By The Light of the Silvery Moon" or "By the Light of the Silv'ry Moon" is a popular song. The music was written by Gus Edwards, and the lyrics by Edward Madden. The song was published in 1909 and first performed on stage by Lillian Lorraine in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1909. It was one of a series of moon-related Tin Pan Alley songs of the era. The song was also used in the short-lived Broadway show Miss Innocence (September 27-October 9, 1909) when it was sung by Frances Farr.[1]

Popular recordings in 1910 were by Billy Murray and The Haydn Quartet; Ada Jones; and The Peerless Quartet.[2]

The song has been used in a great many television shows and motion pictures. A film of the same title was released in 1953, starring Doris Day. It served as a sequel to On Moonlight Bay, which also starred Doris Day.

The song was originally recorded in C major, but has since been sung in E major (Day) and A major (Jimmy Bowen).

Lyrics[edit]

Place park, scene dark, silvery moon is shining through the trees;
Cast two, me, you, sound of kisses floating on the breeze.
Act one, begun. Dialogue, "Where would you like to spoon?"
My cue, with you, underneath the silvery moon.

By the light of the silvery moon,
I want to spoon, to my honey I'll croon love's tune,
Honeymoon keep a-shining in June,
Your silvery beams will bring love dreams, we'll be cuddling soon,
By the silvery moon.

Act two, scene new, roses blooming all around the place;
Cast three, you, me, Preacher with a solemn looking face.
Choir sings, bell rings, Preacher: "You are wed for evermore."
Act two, all through, every night the same encore.

By the light, (By the light, By the light),
Of the silvery moon, (The silvery moon).
I want to spoon, (Want to spoon, Want to spoon)
To my honey I'll croon love's tune.

Honeymoon, (Honeymoon, Honeymoon),
Keep on shining in June. (Keep on shining in June)
Your silvery beams will bring love dreams,
We'll be cuddling soon,
By the silvery moon.

Your silvery beams will bring love dreams,
We'll be cuddling soon,
By the silvery moon. (The silvery moon).

Parody[edit]

Billy Murray recorded the song Stand Up and Sing for Your Father an Old Time Tune in 1923. The lyrics of Murray's song parody By the Light of the Silvery Moon, portraying an old man who found this new song frivolous.

Oh, I'm sick of all these ditties about "moon" and "spoon" and "June"
So, will you stand up, and sing for your father, an old time tune!

Recordings[edit]

Film appearances[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

  • The song was featured in a 1931 Fleischer Studios "Follow the bouncing ball" cartoon, that featured Betty Boop and the voice of Eddie Cantor. An earlier Fleischer cartoon "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" (1926) was released in the Phonofilm sound-on-film process, as part of the Song Car-Tunes series.
  • In a 1952 episode of I Love Lucy, "Lucy's Show Biz Swan Song", the song was sung by Lucy Ricardo and Ethel Mertz (Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance), while the characters were auditioning for Ricky's "Gay Nineties Revue."
  • The song's patter is parodied in a popular The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Audience Participation line for the song "Eddie". lines like "By the light (not the dark but the light)" become lines like "From the day he was born (not the night but the day)" and "She tried in vain (not the artery but the vein)".
  • In the January 27, 1976 episode of the ABC sitcom Happy Days, titled "Fonzie The Superstar", restaurant owner Arnold (Pat Morita) and Laverne and Shirley (Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams), stall for time by singing the song (very badly) onstage,for a teen audience waiting for Fonzie (Henry Winkler) to come out and sing.
  • In an All in the Family episode (S6 E15), Archie Bunker and Barney Hefner sang the song as part of a minstrel show.
  • The song is featured in the second episode of Boardwalk Empire.
  • In 1991, the song is sung by a group of human-themed Muppets called, The Three Ds in the preshow of Muppet*Vision 3D.
  • Kidsongs, included in the music videoLet's Put on a Show (1995).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Internet Broadway Database". ibdb.com. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 481. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  3. ^ "The Online Discographical Project". 78discography.com. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
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  5. ^ RCA Victor Records in the 20-2000 to 20-2499 series
  6. ^ "The Online Discographical Project". 78discography.com. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 338. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  8. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
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  10. ^ "Jimmy Bowen, "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" Chart Position". Retrieved December 17, 2016.
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