Video: Leon Redbone sings “Shine on, Harvest Moon”

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Filmed in Nashville, Tennessee. Leon Redbone and Scott Black on cornet perform with a studio orchestra.

“Shine on, Harvest Moon” was a popular Tin Pan Alley song of unknown authorship. The song became famous after being performed in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1908 to great acclaim. It has long been a pop standard and continues to be performed and recorded even in the 21st century.


First verse
The night was mighty dark so you could hardly see,
For the moon refused to shine.
Couple sitting underneath a willow tree,
For love they did pine.
Little maid was kinda ‘fraid of darkness
So she said, “I guess I’ll go.”
Boy began to sigh, looked up at the sky,
And told the moon his little tale of woe.

Oh, Shine on, shine on, harvest moon
Up in the sky;
I ain’t had no lovin’
Since January, February, June or…

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