Who Sang It's Only a Paper Moon? J.J. Johnson

J.J. Johnson First Place cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1957
Genre: Jazz
Style: Bop/Hard Bop
length: 5:01
trombone: J.J. Johnson
double bass: Paul Chambers
piano: Tommy Flanagan
drums (drum set): Max Roach
Some other versions of "It's Only a Paper Moon"

Lyrics
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

Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 It's Only a Paper Moon
  • 2 Paul's Pal
  • 3 For Heaven's Sake
  • 4 Commutation
  • 5 Harvey's House
  • 6 That Tired Routine Called Love
  • 7 Be My Love
  • 8 Cry Me a River
  • 9 Nickles and Dimes

  • Release information
    label: Columbia
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin