It's Only A Paper Moon
The Great Magoo, (1933)
Yip Harburg/Billy Rose (w), Harold Arlen (m)
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It's Only A Paper Moon
E.Y. Harburg (w), Harold Arlen (m), Billy Rose (c)
Take A Chance, 1933
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,
Mm, mm,
You smile, the bubble has a rainbow in it.
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.
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1932The Great Magoostagestage originalnot used/dropped
1933Take A Chancefilmfilm originalintroduced
1945Too Young To Knowfilmfilm originalreused
It's Only A Paper Moon - Too Young To Know (1945) It's Only A Paper Moon - Take A Chance (1933)
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