I See the Moon

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"I See The Moon"
Single by Nancy Sinatra
B-side "Put Your Head on My Shoulder"
Released 1963
Format 7" single
Genre Pop
Length 2:38
Label Reprise
Songwriter(s) Meredith Willson
Producer(s) Tutti Camarata
Nancy Sinatra singles chronology
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"I See the Moon", is a popular song written by Meredith Willson.[1]


The Mariners, in the United States, and The Stargazers, in the United Kingdom, had the best-known versions. The Stargazers' recording reached number one in the UK Singles Chart in 1954.[1][2] In taking "I See the Moon" to number one, the Stargazers became the first act in British chart history to reach number one with their first two records to reach the chart.[1] Several singles released in the interim failed to chart.[1] The Stargazers' recording was produced by Dick Rowe, one of eight of his UK chart topping successes in that role.[1]

The Mariners' version, released in 1952, reached number 14 in the United States[3]

A recording by Don Cameron with Morton Fraser's Harmonica Band was made in London on February 17, 1954. It was released by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog number B 10675.

Nancy Sinatra released a version on Reprise Records in 1963.

Television adaptation[edit]

In 1997, the English actress Phoebe Nicholls (as May Thrace) performed the song with piano accompaniment in an adaptation for television of Ruth Rendell's mystery, May and June. It was described as her character's childhood favourite.[4]


The song is quoting two works by the Italian opera composer Vincenzo Bellini: Ite su Colle, O Druidi from act 1 of Norma, and the overture to I Capuleti e i Montecchi.

Nursery rhyme[edit]

There is also a nursery rhyme that has the same title, with the first line of the refrain, from which the title is derived, also matches a couplet that appears in English as early as 1784 in a work entitled Gammer Gurton's Garland, or, The Nursery Parnassus:[5]

I see the moon, and the moon sees me,
God bless the moon, and God bless me!


  1. ^ a b c d e Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 13. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 28–9. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ The Mariners at AllMusic
  4. ^ "May and June, Part 2, broadcast on ITV, 14 February 1997". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  5. ^ Iona and Peter Opie (1951). The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes. London: Oxford University Press. p. 356. ISBN 9780198691112. 
Preceded by
"Oh Mein Papa" by Eddie Calvert
UK Singles Chart Number 1 single
The Stargazers

12 March 1954 for 5 weeks
Succeeded by
"Secret Love" by Doris Day
Preceded by
"Secret Love" by Doris Day
UK Singles Chart Number 1 single
The Stargazers

23 April 1954 for 1 week
Succeeded by
"Such a Night" by Johnnie Ray