It's Only A Paper Moon Lyrics - Nat King Cole



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Say 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 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.


~interlude~


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.




Writer: KAMMERMEIER, ARNO / HAYO, PETER / MERZIGER, WALTER
Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, EMI Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., NEXT DECADE ENTERTAINMENT,INC., S.A. MUSIC



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Adeline Foster | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/22/09

The song was, yes, lovely and nostalgic but I must say the movie was not about happier times although it was good.
What I was looking for was when the song first came out and when Nat first sang it. The answers to both questions seem to elude me.
Adeline



Old Lyrics are Applicable to Today | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/9/07

The lyrics are so old that they are new. It talks about perspective and the importance of love. It talks about the world being like a circus or a parade. It's full of visuals like cardboard and folk art scenery. It brings images that bring other sights and sounds to mind like the circus and a parade. The lyrics stay with you - how fun! I hope all the songwriters out there take note! I like Ella Fitzgerald's singing this as well. Enjoy!



Staying true to the lyrics | Reviewer: sue mcandrew | 9/8/07

Just about to present a paper to conference with some very prestigious speakers. I am presenting a paper on a person's dream as part of research data collection. The words of the song keep coming back to me and I want to underline the importance of mental health nursing being in believing what the person (patient) is telling you. Their story is crucial in understanding a person's emotional undestading of their world - hence it isn't make bel;ieve but only becomes that if you (the nurse, therapist) fails to acknowledge the reality for them. Not quite sure why I am e-mailing this but thought you might like to know of another way the lyrics can be put to good use.



Great song | Reviewer: JBlair | 1/2/07

Such a light-hearted melody. It automatically makes you happy. Definitely a nod to happier days.



A classic singer/piano player singing a classic Arlen tune | Reviewer: donald bloom | 3/21/05

Nat was the master of vocal articulation and played as tasty a piano as anyone in his day....Check him out "After Hours" where he plays with his classic pn, bas, guitar trio.....no drums needed!





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