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Lyr Req: Dark Moon (Ned Miller)

GUEST,Singout 14 Mar 00 - 07:52 PM
Metchosin 14 Mar 00 - 11:19 PM
GUEST,Singout--Not a guest! 15 Mar 00 - 07:01 PM
Jim Dixon 18 Jun 10 - 01:07 AM
GUEST,kendall 18 Jun 10 - 06:26 AM
GUEST,leeneia 18 Jun 10 - 08:56 AM
GUEST,DWR 18 Jun 10 - 04:59 PM
GUEST,DWR 18 Jun 10 - 05:42 PM
Genie 18 Jun 10 - 05:46 PM
BK Lick 19 Jun 10 - 01:27 AM
GUEST,BigDaddy 19 Jun 10 - 11:36 PM
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Subject: Dark Moon
From: GUEST,Singout
Date: 14 Mar 00 - 07:52 PM

Does anyone have the lyrics for Dark Moon? It goes a little like... Dark moon away up high up in the sky oh tell me why oh tell me why you lost your splender, dark moon. Is it because, is it because, is it because you lost your love? Thanks. Penny


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Subject: Lyr Add: DARK MOON (Ned Miller)
From: Metchosin
Date: 14 Mar 00 - 11:19 PM

Dark Moon
Sung by Bonnie Guitar

Dark moon,
A way up high up in the sky
Oh, tell me why, oh, tell me why
you've lost your splendor
Dark moon,
What is the cause
Your light withdraws?
Is it because, is it because
I've lost my love?

Mortals have dreams
Of love's perfect schemes
But they don't realize
That love will sometimes bring a

Dark moon,
A way up high up in the sky
Oh, tell me why, oh, tell me why
You've lost your splendor
Dark moon,
What is the cause
Your light withdraws?
Is it because, is it because
I've lost my love?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dark Moon
From: GUEST,Singout--Not a guest!
Date: 15 Mar 00 - 07:01 PM

Thanks, Metchosin. That's great. I recently heard this on our local community radio station out of Tampa, WMNF, and remembered it as a song I had long ago forgotten about. Penny.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dark Moon (Ned Miller)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Jun 10 - 01:07 AM

DARK MOON was written by Ned Miller. It was recorded by Bonnie Guitar and by Gale Storm; both versions were on the pop charts at the same time in 1957.

It was also covered by Teresa Brewer, Chris Isaak, Ned Miller, Patti Page, Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves, Hank Snow, and many others.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dark Moon (Ned Miller)
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 18 Jun 10 - 06:26 AM

One of the few pop songs that I liked.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dark Moon (Ned Miller)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 18 Jun 10 - 08:56 AM

Ten or fifteen years ago, a friend came back from New Zealand with a gift for us - a tape of Maori music. That tune was on the tape, as a song sung by a young Maori woman in her native tongue.

I suspect Ned Miller wrote those words, but the tune is traditional.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dark Moon (Ned Miller)
From: GUEST,DWR
Date: 18 Jun 10 - 04:59 PM

I have four versions, Ned Miller himself, Bonnie Guitar and Gale Storm plus one not mentioned earlier, Mandy Barnett. All of the winners.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dark Moon (Ned Miller)
From: GUEST,DWR
Date: 18 Jun 10 - 05:42 PM

http://www.oldies.com/artist-biography/Ned-Miller.html

Henry Ned Miller (B 1925) was more than a one hit wonder. As the link above says, he disliked touring and recording. Even so, he had several nice hits singing his own work, From A Jack To A King, Do What You Do Do Well and Invisible Tears being the most notable.

Trivia Time: Bonnie Guitar's real name was Bonnie Buckingham (B 1923). They called her Bonnie Guitar because of her skill on the instrument. She started out as a session musician.

Gale Storm's real name was Josephine Owaissa Cottle (April 5, 1922 - June 27, 2009)and of course, was probably best known as My Little Margie on TV.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dark Moon (Ned Miller)
From: Genie
Date: 18 Jun 10 - 05:46 PM

So, leeneia, are you saying the tune is an old Maori tune?   The structure - verse, bridge, verse - seems very 19th C. American (maybe American / European) pop/jazz/country to me.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dark Moon (Ned Miller)
From: BK Lick
Date: 19 Jun 10 - 01:27 AM

Also covered by the Kathy Kallick Band on their 1998 CD "Walkin' In My Shoes."
You can listen to it here.
Amy Stenberg writes in the liner notes:
A hit for Bonnie Guitar in the 50s, a miss for Kitty Wells,
and covered by Loretta Lynn in 1967 (as the flip side of
"Bargain Basement Dress," my personal anthem).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dark Moon (Ned Miller)
From: GUEST,BigDaddy
Date: 19 Jun 10 - 11:36 PM

I first heard it on the soundtrack recording from the 1993 film, "A Perfect World." It was performed by Chris Izaak. Very nice.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dark Moon (Ned Miller)
From: BK Lick
Date: 20 Jun 10 - 03:26 AM

video clip of Chris Isaak

video clip of Bonnie Guitar


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dark Moon (Ned Miller)
From: BK Lick
Date: 21 Jun 10 - 04:33 PM

Chris Isaak's is very nice indeed -- except he kinda messed up the lyrics, in my opinion. He sings:
Dark moon,
A way up high up in the sky
Oh, tell me why
I've lost your love
Dark moon,
Is it because, is it because
The one I love loves someone else?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dark Moon (Ned Miller)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 21 Jun 10 - 06:04 PM

Genie, I don't have the tape from New Zealand any more.

It does sound Western, but that's okay. It didn't seem to take very long for native people conquered by Westerners to figure out the advantages of the scale and of modern instruments. And then to copy popular styles.

I think of the scales and chords as world accomplishents. Kind of like pottery, woodworking and soap, they cannot be claimed by any one culture.


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