It's Only a Paper Moon Lyrics

John Pizzarelli


publisher: ©S.A. MUSIC , SHAPIRO BERNSTEIN & CO. INC.
writers: Billy Rose, E.y. Harburg, Harold Arlen
album: Track 6 in album Dear Mr. Cole
release date: 1995-2-14
popularity : 2 users have visited this page.
genres: Jazz
styles: Swing/Soul-Jazz/Contemporary Jazz
length: 2:36
piano: Benny Green
lead vocals: John Pizzarelli
double bass: Christian McBride
guitar: John Pizzarelli
composer: Harold Arlen
lyricist: Yip Harburg, Billy Rose

Cover Art

John Pizzarelli Dear Mr. Cole cover art
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Say, it's 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

Say, it's 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

It's phony it's plain to see
How happy I would be
If you believed in me


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 Style Is Coming Back in Style
  • 2 (What Can I Say) After I Say I'm Sorry?
  • 3 Little Girl
  • 4 You Must Be Blind
  • 5 Sweet Georgia Brown
  • 6 It's Only a Paper Moon
  • 7 September Song
  • 8 On the Sunny Side of the Street
  • 9 Nature Boy
  • 10 This Way Out
  • 11 Too Marvelous for Words
  • 12 Route 66
  • 13 Sweet Lorraine
  • 14 Straighten Up and Fly Right
  • 15 Honeysuckle Rose
  • 16 Love
  • 17 Unforgettable
  • 18 Portrait of Jenny