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It's Only A Paper Moon

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This song was written by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg for an unsuccessful 1932 Broadway play called THE GREAT MAGOO. The accompaniment on this track is by the terrific pianist Doug Hammer.

Lyrics

I never feel a thing is real
When I'm away from you...
Out of your embrace
The world's a temporary parking place.
Mmm, mm, mm, mm
A bubble for a minute...
Mmm, mm, mm, mm
You smile, the bubble has a rainbow in it.
Say, its 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
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...