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Lyr Req: Mr. Moon

rahfiddle 27 Feb 02 - 03:49 PM
GUEST,Bill Kennedy 27 Feb 02 - 04:02 PM
Sorcha 27 Feb 02 - 04:04 PM
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Subject: Mr. Moon
From: rahfiddle
Date: 27 Feb 02 - 03:49 PM

My mother used to sing us a song to put us to sleep (and I found out as I got older that HER mother sang the song to her - putting the approx. date around 1930). The only lyrics I have are one verse and chorus. Was wondering if anyone knew any more verses...

Chorus: Oh Mr. Moon, moon, bright and shiny moon
Won't you please shine down on me
Oh Mr. Moon, moon, bright and shiny moon
Hiding behind that ol' tree.

Verse: Well if your life is in danger and you're starting to run
There's a man behind you with a Gatling gun
Oh Mr. Moon, moon, bright and shiny moon
Won't you please shine down on me.

I've sung this to people in the past and they all think it sounds familiar, but no one has been able to definitively say they knew it - and more importantly knew any more of the lyrics. Please let me know if this is familiar. Thank you.

- rahfiddle


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,Bill Kennedy
Date: 27 Feb 02 - 04:02 PM

We sang it in grade school, with slightly different lyrics, from a song book, with great harmony lines, so it should be available somewhere; we sang-

O Mr. Moon, Moon, Bright & silvery moon,
won't you please shine down on me.
O Mr. Moon, Moon, Bright & silvery moon,
I'm lonesome (or lonely?) as I can be.

...can't remember, then big finish:

Won't you please shine down on, please shine down on,
won't you please shine down on me.

I think there may have been some non PC lyrics about 'darkies', but I can't be certain, this would have been in the 50's when we should have known better, but it was a song in a book, what did we know? I'll look for it.


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Subject: Lyr Add: Mr. Moon
From: Sorcha
Date: 27 Feb 02 - 04:04 PM

I found this:
OH MISTER MOON

Oh Mister Moon, moon, bright and silvery moon
Won't you please shine down on me.
Oh Mister Moon, moon, bright and silvery moon
Hiding behind that tree.
Can't you see the main with the big shotgun.
He's gonna shoot you if you start to run.
Oh Mister Moon, moon, bright and silvery moon,
Won't you please shine down on, talk about your shining
Won't you please shine down on me


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: breezy
Date: 27 Feb 02 - 04:12 PM

mr moon, mr moon you're out too soon
the sun is still in the sky
Go back to bed and cover up your head
and wait till the days gone by


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: masato sakurai
Date: 28 Feb 02 - 06:07 AM

Mister Moon

O Mister Moon, Moon, Mister Silvery Moon
Please shine down on me.
O Mister Moon, Moon, Mister Silvery Moon
Hiding behind that tree
When your knees are shaking and you start to run
There's a man behind you with a Gatling gun,
O Mister Moon, Moon, Mister Silvery Moon
Won't you please shine down on, please shine down on,
please shine down on me?

(From HERE

There's another "Mr. Moon" song (from Levy):

Title: Oh! Mr. Moon. Serenade.
Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: Play, Words and Music By George M. Cohan. Under [the] Direction Sam. H. Harris.
Publication: New York: F.A. Mills, 48 West 29th St., 1901.
Form of Composition: strophic with chorus
Instrumentation: piano and voice
First Line: Twelve o'clock, the moon is shining bright, Ev'rything is lovely what a beautiful night
First Line of Chorus: Oh! Mister Moon my baby, Oh! Mister Moon my love
Performer: As Originally Introduced in Geo. M. Cohan's Musical Farce The Governor's Son at The Savoy, N.Y.

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: Mudlark
Date: 28 Feb 02 - 03:21 PM

Sorcha... My mother sang it exactly like that except she sang line 4-6 as "...Cause there's a (slight pause for syncopation) man behind you so you (syncopation here) better run, cause there's a ....man behind you with a....Gatling gun..."

Thanks, Rahfiddle, for reminding me of this song...haven't thought of it in years.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 02 Mar 02 - 02:43 PM

This song is oddly hard to track down. It seems like an old pop song, yet I have failed to find any web site that credits an author, or gives any specific information like a date of publication. There are a lot of variants out there. Some even change it to "Mister Sun." It is a popular kids' song, and often appears on lists of camp songs. One version appears on a Barney video. The Delta Delta Delta sorority has adapted it for their purposes. It is popular with barbershop quartets, and I have seen many ads for songbooks that include it, but no actual lyrics.

I hope someone out there finds it, but I'm giving up for now.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: late 'n short 2
Date: 02 Mar 02 - 08:57 PM

The "Mister Sun" version has also been recorded by Raffi. Little kids (5 and under) love it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: Sorcha
Date: 02 Mar 02 - 09:06 PM

Uh, Jim, I don't quite understand "I hope someone out there finds it"--both lyrics and a link were posted above.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 03 Mar 02 - 06:30 PM

Sorcha: Perhaps I wasn't clear. The George M. Cohan song that Masato posted a link to is a totally different song that just coincidentally has the words "Mister Moon" in it.

All the other lyrics that people have posted here are obviously related to one another, but we haven't found their origin yet. (Except I'm not sure if Breezy's verse is part of the same song.)

Call it an old song-hunter's intuition. My hunches are (1) the lines about the shotgun or gatling gun were not in the original, but are parody lines added afterwards; and (2) the "song" that we are familiar with is only the chorus, and there are missing verses yet to be found.

I think Bill Kennedy might be on the right track, and that the original song might be a "coon song" or minstrel-show song. I would like to know if he remembers anything about a gun. Bill, are you still following this thread?


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Subject: Lyr Add: MR. MOON
From: GUEST,Bill Kennedy
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 01:55 PM

Still haven't found the old song book I remember having it in, but James Leisy's Good Times Songbook (1974) has this:

Traditional, American

Oh, Mister Moon, moon, bright and shiny moon,
Won't you please shine down on me?
Oh, Mister Moon, moon, bright and shiny moon,
Won't you come from behind that tree?
Oh, my life's in danger but I'm scared to run.
There's a man behind me with a big shotgun,
Oh, Mister moon, moon, bright and shiny moon,
Won't you please shine down on,
Please shine down on,
Please shine down on me.

Then Leisy states it's a 'Traditional American barbershop quartet song'. He also states that some material was included in his earlier 'Folk Song Abecedary', doesn't say if this song was one of those.

I still have vague memories of a slightly different lyric, (I know we sang 'bright and silv'ry moon') and at least one other verse, will keep looking.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,Bill Kennedy
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 02:04 PM

I neglected to add that it appears in Leisy's book with notation & guitar chords, and that I'm fairly certain it was in a section of the old song book I haven't yet found related to 'Minstrel Shows', which is I believe its origin, though written by whom it may not say.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,MAG at work
Date: 14 Mar 02 - 02:20 PM

The nature of the Gatling Gun may provide a clue -- went into production 1865; first rapid-fire weapon -- too heavy to move; an artillery weapon; not infantry. Fits with the minstrel show period.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 01:39 AM

http://www.wilson.edu/wilson/asp/content.asp?id=1697
http://www.campfavorite.com/cfsongs.htm#mister_moon


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: Susan A-R
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 03:32 PM

I always sang it
My Life's in danger, I've got to run
Here comes that man with the big gatling gun.

I just assumed that there weren't more lyrics. It was definitely part of the Reid childhood, with Dad singing a great barbershop harmony on the end. I have nieces and nephews who know it too. Don't know why, but I always thought of it as world war 1 era.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: Joe_F
Date: 06 Sep 07 - 08:40 PM

As sung by a barbershop quartet at Caltech, 1957:

By the light of the moon, of the silvery moon,
By the bright shining light, by the light of the moon,
If you want to go a-barbershopping, come along with me,
By the bright, shining light of the moon, of the moon.

Oh Mr Moon, Moon, bright and silvery moon,
Won't you please shine down on me?
Oh Mr Moon, Moon, bright and silvery moon,
Come from behind that tree.
My life's in danger, I've got to run:
Here comes a man with a big Gatling gun.
Oh Mr Moon, Moon, bright and silvery moon,
Won't you please shine down on me?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,Amy in Texas
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 10:43 PM

My grandfather used to sing it to me this way...

Oh Mr. Moon, Moon, bright and shiny Moon
Oh won't you please shine down on me...

Oh Mr. Moon, Moon, bright and shiny Moon
Oh won't you come from behind that tree...

Well there's a man behind me with a big Gatling Gun,
I know my life is in danger, but I'm too scared to run

Oh Mr. Moon, Moon, bright and shiny Moon
Oh won't you please shine down on...
Talk about your shine on...
Please shine down on me -- Oh Mr. Mooooooon...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 09 Sep 07 - 07:35 AM

I've been searching for the rest of this song for years without success. My wife Amba learned it in camp as a child in the 1950s, but it must go back decades further, as few people were writing songs like this any later than WWI.

I've always assumed that, like "Chicken Can't Roost Behind the Moon," "Preacher and the Bear" and others of the kind, it originated as a, excuse the term, "coon song" in the period when these were popular, approximately the 1890s-1910.

If so, it was a product of the Tin Pan Alley of the time, and ought to be traceable to a given publisher and composer. But the standard web collections, Levy, American Memory and so on, don't have it.

The implied plot is repeated in dozens of similar songs: the narrator is out at night on no good purpose ... stealing chickens or whatnot (the reigning cliche of the time). He is about to be caught and he needs either the shelter of darkness, or else, as in this case, the light of the moon to give him a good getaway.

Hope somebody can find the source ... and the rest of the song. Levy and American Memory are constantly adding new sheet music -- just last month I found a much-wanted song of that era on Levy that hadn't been there previously, so it's worth checking their collections repeatedly. Hope somebody turns it up! Bob


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,Wayne B. Norris
Date: 10 Sep 07 - 12:36 AM

I'm 60, and my dad sang it when I was a kid. Never thought much about it till after he passed away in 1999. I originally thought it was an Underground Railroad song, but someone suggested the notion of a SHOTGUN WEDDING!!! :-) Could be!!! Duh. Shoulda thought of that before, myself!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Sep 07 - 05:51 PM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Sep 07 - 08:22 AM

We sing another good night mr moon think this may be a barber shop song as well


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Sep 07 - 08:28 AM

Our song went .....

Good night to Mr. Moon. We shall have to go and leave you.
Good night to Mr. Moon. Come again to see us soon,
And when we are asleep, through the window pane you peep.
We wake up and shout out, “Good night to Mr. Moon.”
Have you got a mother dear like the one we have down here?
Do you ever rest in your starry nest?
Good night to Mr. Moon. We shall have to go and leave you.
Good night to Mr. Moon. Come again to see us soon.

Think from 1930 any one know as my gran sang this and my mother to me. Thanks from JO


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 12:57 AM

I can get out the CD that my grandma, my sister, and I made. :) Actually I was looking to see who sings it because my grandma taught me this song when I was about 6 and this is a song I do not want to forget. I would ask my grandma, but unfortunately she is no longer with us.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,katieb
Date: 26 Sep 07 - 10:16 AM

It is funny to find this site my husband and I were wondering the origin of Mr. Moon and thought we'd look it up on the net but it seems no one else knows anything either here's is what we grew up hearing in southern Ohio:

Mr. moon, moon bright and shiny moon
hiding behind the trees
here comes the farmer with his big shot gun
he's goin' get ya if you start to run
oh Mr. moon, moon bright and shiny moon
won't ya please shine down on, please shine
down on, please shine down on meeeeeee.

I guess I thought it had something to do with a slave trying to run away and needing the moonlight so I had guessed it to be an old slave song?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,bounty
Date: 28 Sep 07 - 01:01 AM

Oh, Mr. moon, bright and shining moon
hiding behind that tree
I'd like to love you but I gotta run
cuz There's a guy behind me With a Gatlin' gun
Oh mister moon, moon, bright and shiny moon
Won't you please shine down on me


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Subject: Lyr Add: MISTER MOON (KINDLY COME OUT AND SHINE)
From: Bob Coltman
Date: 28 Sep 07 - 07:29 AM

Here it is!!!   Finding this was no snap, as the original song was not in any of the usual historical music archives. But I got the idea of looking in Maine Music Box, a consortium of three archives, one of which is the Bagaduce Music Lending Library, itself a terrific resource, and -- Wo Ho -- there it was.

"Mister Moon" is a 1903 popular song published in Boston. Details below, then come the lyrics. They may disappoint or offend some who will wish they weren't full of the racial denigration of the past. But this is, as I suspected, its origin: the height of the "coon shout" fad that ended decisively before WWI.

Still I feel pretty good about turning up this nugget at all. It is extremely rare, almost unheard-of, beyond the bare refrain known to numerous campers. Made my day to see it -- could hardly believe my luck. All honor to Maine Music Box.

MISTER MOON (Kindly Come Out and Shine)

From
http://mainemusicbox.library.umaine.edu/musicbox/pages/imagesequence2.asp?id=VP_003635A&seq=1&full=1

Mister Moon (Kindly Come Out and Shine) Copyright 1903 by Walter Jacobs
Being sung nightly in vaudeville by the composers
Words and music by Smith & Bowman, composers of "Good Morning Carrie." Published by Walter Jacobs, 167 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 1903.



MISTER MOON: KINDLY COME OUT AND SHINE
Smith & Bowman
Boston: Walter Jacobs, 1903.

VERSE 1. Ole Parson Jones was coming home this morn twixt one and two,
When lots of boys that hangs around has nothing else to do
But interfere with people ev'ry evening when it's dark.
Last night they saw the parson coming. One made this remark:
Says, “Yonder comes the parson. Now, let's try to make him run.
He thinks he's brave. We’ll test his nerve. I'll fiah off this gun.”
And when the parson heard the shot, 'twas then he got right scared
And started running up the road and this the way he prayed:

CHORUS 1: Oh, Mister Moon, Moon, silvery moon, kindly come out and shine.
Do Mister Moon, Moon, come out soon. My home I wants to find.
I'm brave, 'tis true, was never known to run,
But the boys behind me with a Gatling gun.
Oh, Mister Moon, Moon, silvery moon, kindly come out and shine.

VERSE 2. Now, all the darkies followed close behind him just for fun,
As they was told the parson's feet was bad and couldn't run.
'Twas just four minutes when the parson made a mile or more.
He must have been a-running when he ran clear by his door.
One coon says, “We're just joking, parson. Won’t you stop right here?”
The parson said, “excuse me, boys. I have no time to spare.”
'Twas very dark and lonely, not a single star in sight.
The parson 'sturbed the neighbors when he yelled with all his might:

CHORUS 2: Oh, Mister Moon, Moon, silvery moon, kindly come out and shine.
Do Mister Moon, Moon, come out soon. My home I cannot find.
'Deed all my life I never had no fear,
But now's the time I want my pathway clear.
Oh, Mister Moon, Moon, silvery moon, kindly come out and shine.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: Bob Coltman
Date: 28 Sep 07 - 08:10 AM

Interesting to see what a century of folk variation can do to a pop song. Starting with a refrain of

Oh, Mister Moon, Moon, silvery moon, kindly come out and shine,
Do Mister Moon, Moon, come out soon, my home I want to find,
I'm brave, 'tis true, was never known to run,
But the boys behind me with a gatling gun,
Oh Mister Moon, Moon, silvery moon, kindly come out and shine,

We get variants like:

Line 1: bright and shiny moon, [won't you] please shine down on me
   OR Mr. Sun, sun, Mr. Golden Sun ...

Line 2: ... hiding behind that tree OR come from behind that tree OR I'm lonesome / lonely as I can be

Lines 3-4:

Your life is in danger, you better run
Here comes a man with a gatling gun, OR

Well, if your life is in danger and you're starting to run / When your knees are shaking and you start to run / Well my life is in danger but I'm scared [or OR I've got] to run
There's a man behind you [me] with a gatling gun OR

Here comes the farmer with his big shotgun,
He's gonna get you if you start to run,   OR

I want to shoot that possum with my big shotgun
Shoot that possum 'fore he starts to run OR

Can't you see that man with the big shotgun
Here comes a Johnny with a kettle and a gun

Line 5 (reprise of line 1)

-- and that's just the major variations. Folk process!

More recently camp counselors have obviously had their way with lines 3 and 4, as a quick web search indicates:

Way over there there's an owl in a tree,
Here she comes swoopin' down on me,

I want to see you shinin' down on earth below,
See you shine way up above us so,

We're all here just waiting for you,
So come out and do the things that you do,

These little children are asking you,
To please come out so we can play with you,

Kingsley Camp, I'm a-telling you,
To Miss Higham we'll be true,

and so on ...

The "hoofing" finish, "Talk about shine on, Won't you please shine down on me" may have stemmed from Smith and Bowman, or may have been added later. It was a wildly popular way for vaudevillians to end a song right up through the 1930s if not later, and could still be seen on TV variety shows in the 50s. -- Bob


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,Madison McKoy
Date: 29 Sep 07 - 12:47 AM

I have a recollection of my older brothers and sisters singing this to me. I remember it actually frightened me for some reason... They always sang it as we walked up and down the road. (lived in the country) Still, the memories of it make me feel quite good. :-) ha ha ha Unfortunately, I don't know any more lyrics.

See ya

Madison
www.madisonmckoy.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,Michelle
Date: 09 Nov 07 - 10:40 PM

My dad used to sing it to us (I'm 48 and my brother is 46) as:

Oh Mr Moon, Moon, lovely Mr Moon
won't you please shine down on me
Oh Mr Moon, Moon, lovely Mr Moon,
hiding behind that tree
Well when your life's in danger and you're on the run
There's a man behind you with a great big gun
Oh Mr Moon, Moon, lovely Mr Moon
Won't you please shine down on, never cease to shine on,
Moon shine down on mee--e--ee!


Don't know where he heard it--he died 5 years ago, but both my brother and I recall the lyrics the same.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Feb 08 - 12:15 AM

My mom sang:

Oh Mister Moon, moon, bright and shiny moon,
oh won't you please shine down on me.
Oh Mister Moon, moon bright and shiny moon,
hiding behind that tree.
I'm gonna shoot that possum with my old shotgun,
I'm gonna shoot that possum 'fore he starts to run.
Oh Mister Moon, moon bright and shiny moooon...
Oh won't you please shine down on,
talk about your shining,
won't you please shine down on me?


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Subject: It's not just a song...
From: GUEST,jkemeny
Date: 27 Apr 08 - 09:12 AM

If you thought this subject was pretty much tied up, here's a new twist. We sang this in camp in Griffith Park, CA when I was growing up. We sang this version:

Over there there's a man with a gun
He'll shoot you if you try to run
So Mr moon, moon bright and shiny moon
Won't you please shine down on'
Please shine down on.
Please shine down on me.

But, see, the real genius is what happens next. Now remember this was the 70s and streaking was big. And it was the 70s. So at the end of the song you were supposed to "moon" the audience. Yup, pull your pants down. Our bunk went up in front of the whole camp at assembly and performed the song in its entirety, stage direction and all

--jk.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,Chris Jenkins
Date: 20 Oct 08 - 07:22 AM

My aunt used to sing this to me when we'd go walking at night. I was very young, so I only remember a rudimentary set of lyrics, but her version seemed to differ even more than the above offerings:

Oh Mister Moon, Moon
Bright and Silv'ry Moon,
Won't you please shine down on me?

[repeat]

Oh when your life's in danger, and you're 'fraid to run, and there's a man behind you with a big shotgun...

Oh Mister Moon, Moon
Bright and Silv'ry Moon,
Won't you please shine down on me?

Doo-do-doo-do-doo-doo,

Please...shine...down on........ME!


Like I said, incomplete at best, but that's why I'm out looking now!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: Amos
Date: 20 Oct 08 - 07:34 AM

Chris:

Read the previous entries to this thread and all will be revealed.


A


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,JC
Date: 27 Oct 08 - 09:02 PM

O Mr. Moon, Mr. Moon, bright and shiny moon,
please shine down upon me.
There's a man over there, with a knife and a gun.
He'll shoot you if stand still, or knife if you run.
O Mr. Moon, Mr. Moon, bright and shiny moon,
please shine down upon me.

There are some more verses but I don't remember them....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,Caver
Date: 08 Nov 08 - 08:27 PM

Place me firmly in the "possum" variant camp. I sang this song in Junior High School in Indianapolis during the mid 1960's. It was included in a standard issue student song book.
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Oh Mister Moon, moon, bright and silvery moon,
won't you please shine down on me!
Oh Mister Moon, moon bright and silvery moon,
hiding behind that tree.
I'm gonna shoot that possum with my big shotgun,
I'm gonna shoot that possum 'fore he starts to run.
Oh Mister Moon, moon, bright and silvery moon
Oh won't you please shine down on, please shine down on,
won't you please shine down on me?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,jhribal
Date: 03 Dec 08 - 11:06 AM

Yeah, I was sung this song as a child and could only remember bits and pieces... the posts by Bob Coltman and Caver are the closest to what I remember since they are the only ones that mentions the possum

"I gonna shoot, shoot, shoot that possum"

Great thread though


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,natalie
Date: 18 Jan 09 - 04:22 AM

is anyone else bothered by the fact that this song is sung to children to put them to sleep??? i mean my mom sang it to me too but singing about a man being behind you with big shotgun or gatling gun or whatever type of gun.. how is that comforting to children?? lol


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 09:13 AM

Thanks for this! My mother used to sing a version which she said was "a minstrel song" that she'd learned at camp in the 1940's; it went:

Oh, Mr. Moon, moon, bright and shiny moon,
Won't you please shine down on me?
Oh, my life's in danger and I'm scared to run.
There's a man behind me with a big shotgun.
Oh, Mr. Moon, moon, bright and shiny moon,
won't you please shine down on --
Talk about your shine-on --
Please shine down on me.

My web-search was prompted by encountering the "round and golden sun" version; I'd wondered which came first.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,Michael Jones
Date: 03 Feb 09 - 09:09 AM

Oh Mister Moon, moon, bright & shining moon,
come from behind that tree.
My life's in danger, I've got to run,
here comes the man with the big Gatlin' gun
Oh Mister Moon, moon bright & shining moon,
won't you please shine down on,
(please shine down on),
please shine down on me!

That's a childhood memory of how my dad sang it 40 years ago when we travelled around Canada.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,Memories
Date: 09 Mar 09 - 03:03 PM

From my memory and old age of almost 58... I remember the song going something like this...

Oh Mister Moon, Moon, Bright and silvery moon,
Hiding behind that tree...
I'm goanna shoot that possum with my big shoot gun,
Shoot that possum before he starts to run.
On Mr.. Moon, Moon, Bright and silvery moon,
Hiding behind that tree, shine down for me.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,miranda
Date: 12 Mar 09 - 04:11 PM

oh mister moon, moon, bright and shiny moon
won't you please shine down on me
oh mister moon moon bright and shiny moon
hiding behind that tree
over there there's an owl in that tree
here he comes swooping down on me
oh mister moon moon bright and shiny moon
wont you please shine down on,
talk about your shine on
please shine down on me.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,miranda
Date: 12 Mar 09 - 04:14 PM

my teacher taught it to me this way today


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,Ginny
Date: 09 Apr 09 - 09:50 AM

I'm eighty years old, and I remember my Mom and Dad singing these words as we were driving at night on Illinois roads in the early 1930s.

"Oh Mr. Moon, Moon, pretty silvery moon,
won't you please shine down on me?
Oh Mr. Moon, Moon pretty silvery moon,
won't you come from behind that tree ?
Look out, Mr Moon, you'd better run
for yonder comes a man with a big shot gun.
Oh Mr. Moon, Moon, pretty silvery moon,
won't you please shine down on me."

I remember being amazed at how the moon kept following our car, and you never knew which window you'd see it through. I'm a lot smarter now....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: Jezmondo
Date: 16 Jun 09 - 01:20 PM

I know the version referred to by 'guest' on 17 Sep 07 - 08:28 AM. I learned it in the 1940s and have been searching for the copyright owner for some time.

Good night Mr. Moon. We shall have to go and leave you.
Good night Mr. Moon. Come again to see us soon,
And when we are asleep, through the window pane you'll peep.
We'll wake up and call out, "Good night to Mr. Moon."

I have more words for verses / bridge section.

Does anyone know recording/ composer / publisher ?


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Subject: Lyr Add: GOOD-NIGHT MR. MOON (Dawson, Von Tilzer)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 01:34 PM

Probably not the song you're looking for, but another in the same genre, from the sheet music at Indiana University:


GOOD-NIGHT MR. MOON.
Words, Eli Dawson. Music, Albert Von Tilzer.
New York: The York Music Co., 1911.

1. Honey dear, this nook is lonely. I have a fear
Someone is near. Let's move from here.
I would feel funny if someone were to hear
Sweet nothings that you whisper in my ear.
The moon is shining. folks can't help but know.
Bid him "Good-night" and then, perhaps he'll go.

CHORUS: Good-night, good-night, Mister Moon.
Hide your face so we can spoon.
We just can't make love in front of you.
(And why not?)
Don't you see that we are bashful too?
(I cannot.)
Good-night, good-night, Mister Moon.
Close your bright eyes!
Won't you go to sleep?
And don't you dare to peep!
Good-night (Good-night, good-night!), Mister Moon.

2. Honey dear, the winds are blowing. I have a fear
Raindrops are near. It's lightning, dear.
I can hear thunder. We must run home quick, dear,
'Cause mother doesn't worry when you're near.
The moon's so angry! Tears he has to shed.
He knew just what we meant when we both said: CHORUS

[You can hear GOOD NIGHT MR. MOON, sung by Albert Campbell & Irving Gillette, from an Edison Amberol cylinder recorded in 1912, at The Internet Archive.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Jul 09 - 07:24 PM

This is how my mom sung this song to my sister and I in the late 70's, early 80's. She learned it in her music class in school as a girl in northern New Jersey.

One interesting note is that she always sung this song to us as a coda to the song that begins... "Some folks say that a tramp won't steal... way down, way down, way down yonder in the cornfield." When that song ended, she always went right into Mr. Moon. When we asked her if this was part of the same song, she could only reply that she learned them together.

Oh Mr. Moon, Moon, bright and silvery moon
Won't you please shine down on me?
Oh Mr. Moon, Moon, bright and silvery moon
Hiding behind that tree
I'm gonna shoot that possum with my big shotgun
Shoot that possum 'fore he starts to run
Oh Mr. Moon, Moon, bright and silvery moon
Won't you please shine down on
Aren't you gonna shine on
Puh-lease shine down on meeee!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,DEH
Date: 11 Aug 09 - 03:04 AM

GUEST 17 Sept. 2007 8:28am gave me the lyrics to the song my mother sang to me in the late 30's, early 40's. I think there are other verses but this is the one I remember most clearly.
Thanks- I have been looking for a long time.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Oct 09 - 01:58 AM

This is how my grandma used to sing it to me. She would be 98 years old if she were still alive.

Oh mister moon, moon, bright and silvery moon
won't you please shine down on me.
Oh mister moon, moon, bright and silvery moon,
come out behind that tree
My life's in danger, I've got to run
Here comes a man with a big Gatling gun
Oh mister moon, moon, bright and silvery moon
won't you please shine down on me


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,RMallett
Date: 07 Dec 09 - 07:29 AM

Oh Mister Moon, Moon
Bright and shiny moon
hiding behind that tree
when your life's in danger, you had better run
there's a man behind you with a great big gun
OH mister Moon, moon bright and shiny moon
hiding behind that tree...
oh won't you please shine down on, talkin' about your shinin'
won't you please shine down on me

It could just go on and on...

That's the way my parents would sing it to us in the car while we were driving on a trip. I was very young, 3 or so when I first heard it. I am 52 now and still remember us all singing it for many many years


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,shane thomas
Date: 10 Dec 09 - 05:37 PM

Hi I am looking for this info as well. My Grandad sang that to me in the 1070s and I am a musician. would love to hear a recording or sheet music.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,guest, tammy p.
Date: 21 Dec 09 - 10:51 PM

WOW! For many years I heard this song from my Grandma late at night, but never really knew or remembered the lyrics. It is so funny what a few words will make a person recall. Would like to know the whole song. Thanks


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Subject: Lyr Add: MISTER MOON (Carl Smith)
From: Gene
Date: 23 Dec 09 - 02:34 AM

This one has only been around some 50+ years...I like it!

MISTER MOON
As recorded by: Carl Smith

Can I depend on your light, purty moon
While I'm holdin' her tight, silver moon
Will you be there above,
Helpin' me win my love
Can I depend on your light, Mr. Moon.

Ev'ry time you're shinin',
There's romance in the air
Please set her heart to pinin',
And tell her I'll be there

As I look in her eyes, purty moon
Will you look from the sky, silver moon
If I ask her to be - mine, will you stand by me
Will you help me tonight, Mr. Moon.

If we're wed in the middle of June
Will you shine bright for our honeymoon
When you shine you make love,
Seem to come from above
Will I see you tonight, Mr. Moon.

It seems your golden beauty
Just makes a perfect night
Somehow it seems my cutie
Looks cuter by your light.

There'll be just us three, purty moon
You and her, her and me, silver moon
For helpin' our romance,
I thank you in advance
And I'll see you tonight, Mr. Moon.

G


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,Daniele
Date: 28 Jan 10 - 01:17 PM

I learned a version of it when I was in the Camp Fire Girls around 1970

Oh mister moon, moon, bright and shiny moon,
won't ya please shine down on me.
Oh mister moon, moon, bright and shiny moon,
won't ya come out behind that tree?
Right over there there's a man with a gun,
da da da da, he's sure to shoot ya if ya try to run.
So mister moon, moon, bright and shiny moon,
won't ya please shine down on,
talk about your shine on,
please shine down on me,
for the both of us. Yahhhhhh

Good memories.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,'guest' on 17 Sep 07 - 08:28 AM - Jojo
Date: 29 Jan 10 - 09:57 AM

hi...

thank you for the response, as i have been searching for a long time for any information about this song. my name is Jojo, and i would really like to know more about the other words for verses / bridge section... can Jezmondo please post the other lyrics (as per 16 june 2009) - that would be really appreciated. you have also acknowledged that this was an actual song. it was handed down from my grant mother (born in 1914) and my mother and i still sing it regularly.

Any information about this song would be really appreciated, as we know nothing more about this song other than the lyrics and that it was probably written in the 1930's.

i have not checked the site for some time, as i had given up hope of anyone else knowing anything about this song.

Thank you.

Jojo


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Jan 10 - 04:53 PM

Jojo: Look at Bob Coltman's message above, posted 28 Sep 07 - 07:29 AM.

It shows that we have a copy of the sheet music dated 1903—although the version that is popular now has evolved quite a bit since then.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 01 Feb 10 - 03:13 PM

Jojo: Please disregard my last remark. I now understand that you were probably referring to a different song that is probably unrelated to MISTER MOON: KINDLY COME OUT AND SHINE, which Bob Coltman posted.

This is the kind of confusion that inevitably happens when people try to discuss more than one song in one thread, and they use expressions like "this song" without clearly explaining which song they are referring to.

I also now see that you tried to address your question to one specific person who perhaps would have known which song you meant. Maybe you assumed everyone else would ignore you. As you can see, that's not what happens, and it's usually a good thing. Your answer might come from an unexpected quarter.

As a general rule, if you want to discuss a different song than the one the thread is mainly about, it's best to start a new thread. It helps avoid confusion.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,JoJo
Date: 19 Feb 10 - 06:47 AM

Thank you for the message. Still living in hope .Will take your advice & start a new Thread. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 12:16 AM

The version I recall from Camp Sealth in Washington state around 1989:
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Oh mister moon, moon, bright and shiny moon.
Oh won't you please shine down on me.
Oh mister moon, moon, bright and shiny moon.
Oh won't you come out from behind that tree.

'cause right over there,
there's a man with a gun.
da da da duh
He's gonna shoot me so I gotta run.

So mister moon, moon, bright and shiny moon.
Oh won't you please shine down on,
talk about shinin'
please shine down on me!
--


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,Teagan Ekvall
Date: 24 Apr 10 - 10:34 PM

My grandmother sang this song to me when I was little, before bed. It went like this...

"Oh Mr. Moon, Moon, Bright and Shiny Moon, won't you please shine down on me.
Oh Mr. Moon, Moon, Bright and Shiny Moon, won't you please shine down from behind that Tree.
Boom, Boom, Boom.
Someone's Coming, Coming with a Gun. Someone's coming with a Big Shot Gun.
Oh Mr. Moon, Moon, Bright and Shiny Moon won't please Shine Down on. Talk about your Shine on. Won't you please Shine down on me.
Shhhhh...
Me
Shhhhhh....
Me, me, me, me..
Shhhhhhhhhhh......


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,GUEST,Lynn Pollard
Date: 01 May 10 - 05:57 PM

My father used to sing 'Goodnight Mr Moon'as referred to by Jezmondo on June 16th 09 -01.20pm. He said it was sung to Him as a child before WW1. I would love to find more lyrics especially verses. I have found a clip on You Tube of a two year old using the tune my father sang to me and I now sing to my grandson. Does anyone know how to get hold of the complete version with the tune?

I am also looking for information on another pre- WW1 song called 'Hush here comes the Dream man' (or possibly Sandman)translated by the troops on the front into 'Hush here comes a Whizzbang'.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,Guest 376
Date: 21 May 10 - 01:28 PM

How bout an old rock and roll song from the early 60's that was played in Minneapolis that had similar lyrics;
mister moon, shine down on my baby tonight,
mister moon, mister moon.

ring any bells/


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,Dacia
Date: 27 Jul 10 - 10:37 PM

WOW. My mom and I were just talking about this song. Apparently her mom sang it to her - she sang it to me when I was a kid (I'm 34).

Cool to see its origins on here...thanks all for looking it up!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,Guest Jennifer
Date: 31 Jul 10 - 09:03 PM

I remember the song going much the same way but I learned it with a slow, sweet beginning, which is probably why kids were rocked to sleep with it...

Tell me why the stars do shine
Tell me why the ivy twine
Tell me why the sky's so blue and I will tell you why I love you
Because God made the stars to shine
Because God made the ivy twine
Because God made the sky so blue and that's the reason why I love you..

Oh Mr. Moon, Moon, bright and silvery moon
Hiding behind that tree
Oh Mr. Moon, Moon, bright and silvery moon
Won't you please shine down on me?
I'm gonna shoot that possum with my big shotgun
Shoot that possum 'fore he starts to run
Oh Mr. Moon, Moon, bright and silvery moon
Won't you please shine down on
Please shine down on
Please shine down on me...shine down on me


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,Carol
Date: 04 Aug 10 - 01:38 PM

I had been looking for the words to that song since my daughter was a baby...she is 26 now.
I remember it

Oh mister moon, moon, bright and shiny moon,
won't you please shine down on me,
Oh mister moon, moon, bright and shiny moon,
won't you come out behind that tree.
When the sun goes down and the moon comes out
All the little children gonna sing and shout!

Oh mister moon, moon, bright and shiny moon,
won't you please shine down, please shine down,
please shine down on me.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 24 Aug 10 - 08:46 AM

Now for the biggie: Does anyone know where a recording of the music can be found?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Sep 10 - 12:28 AM

oh mister moon moon great big shiny moon
wont cha come out behind that tree
oh mister moon moon great big shiny moon
wont cha come out behind that tree
there's a man behind you with a big bad gun
your life's in danger and you are afraid to run
oh mister moon moon great big shiny moon
wont cha come out behind that tree


my Mom born in the 30s sang this to me in the 60s


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,mah
Date: 06 Oct 10 - 10:10 PM

I am 67 years old and my mother sang it to me this way....she came from Maine.

Oh Mr. Moon, Moon, pretty silvery moon
Won't you please shine down on me.
Oh Mr. Moon, Moon, Pretty silvery moon
Hiding behind a tree.
Right over there there's a man with a gun,
Ready for to shoot you if you dare to run.
Oh Mr. Moon, Moon, pretty silvery moon
Won't you please shine down on
Please shine down on
Please shine down on me.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Oct 10 - 05:40 AM

Oh Mr. Moon, Moon, Bright and Shiny Moon,
Hiding behind the trees...
There's a man over there with a big Gatlin' gun,
You better hide or you better run.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: EveHop
Date: 22 Oct 10 - 03:33 PM

I was delighted to see that so many had grandparents who sang this song to them. I did a search and wanted to find out more about the history. Seems everyone has their own words. Mine is almost the same I'll give you what I learned:

Mr. Moon, Moon, pretty silver moon;
won't you please shine down on me?
Oh! Mr. Moon, Moon, pretty silver moon;
come out from behind that tree.
You're in danger you'd better run;
Here comes Johnny with his big-bad gun.
Oh! Mr. Moon, Moon, pretty silver moon;
won't you please shine down on me?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,GUEST
Date: 11 Dec 10 - 08:02 PM

Oh Mister Moon, Moon, bright and silv'ry Moon,
Won't you please shine down on me?
Oh Mister Moon, Moon, bright and silv'ry Moon,
Won't you come out (from) behind that tree?
My life's in danger, I've got to run.
Here comes a man with a big shot gun.
Oh Mister Moon, Moon, bright and silv'ry Moon,
Won't you please shine down on,
talk about your shine on,
please shine down on me?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Jan 11 - 12:35 AM

My grandpa sang it to us as

Oh Mr. Moon, moon. Great big silvery moon. Won't you please shine down on me? There's a man standin there with a big shotgun and he's gonna have to shoot you if you dare to run oh, moon moon great big silvery moon. Won't you please shine down on, talk about your moon shine, moon shine down on me.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Jan 11 - 07:56 PM

My grandmother used to sing it to me in the 1960's.
She sang it like this:
"Mr. Moon, moon, pretty silvery moon,
Won't you please shine down on me.
Oh Mr. Moon, moon, pretty silvery moon,
hiding behind the tree.
My life's in danger, I'm afraid to run.
There's a man behind me with a Gatlin gun.
Oh Mr. Moon, moon, pretty silvery moon,
won't you please shine down on me."

My grandmother was born in Maine but grew up in New Hampshire.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 03:20 AM

Our family version was:

Oh Mr. Moon, Moon, bright and shiny moon,
Oh, won't you please shine down on me?
Oh Mr. Moon, Moon, bright and shiny moon,
Oh, won't you please shine down on me?
Somebody's waitin' with a Gatlin' gun,
Somebody's waitin' just to have a little fun,
Oh Mr. Moon, Moon, bright and shiny moon,
Oh, won't you please shine down on me?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,Maggie
Date: 11 Apr 11 - 02:36 AM

Hi, regarding the lyrics for "Hush here comes the dream man", here is a site I found quite a few years ago which has a whole discussion and various peoples memories of the lyrics. My mother was born in 1919 and died in 2003. She used to sing it to me when I was little and her mother sang it to her and I sang it to my girls. Hope you enjoy it. http://www.mamalisa.com/blog/do-you-know-the-lyrics-to-the-sandmans-coming-in-his-train-of-cars/


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,tilly
Date: 11 Apr 11 - 08:34 PM

hi, i have been looking for all the words to this song for years. It is an old family favourite and holds many happy memories. Would love to hear from others about theirs.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,Nancy Jones
Date: 06 Jun 11 - 08:30 AM

This is how these lines were sung to me as a child:

...oh it's dark as midnight, I'm afraid to run
'cause there's a man behind me with a gatlin' gun......


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,Petey
Date: 25 Jun 11 - 12:41 PM

This is the version that I remember from my childhood:

Moon, moon, great big silvery moon
Won't you please shine down on me.
Oh Mister Moon, Moon great big silvery moon
Won't you please come from behind that tree?
For I know a man with a big shotgun,
and he's go'na come 'n getchya if you dare to run.
So Moon, Moon, great big silvery moon
won't you please shine down on
-talk about your shining-
Won't you please shine down on me.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 03 Jul 11 - 04:31 PM

I'm trying to find out who did the version of Mr. Moon mentioned above that went: Mr. moon, shine down on my baby tonight, mr. moon, mr. moon.
I remember having the song on 45rpm record but can't for the life of me remember who did it & this has been the first refrence to it I've been able to find anywhere. Can any one help me out?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,mtoby
Date: 14 Jul 11 - 06:00 PM

The one thing that I really remember when my mother sang this is the line "along came a man in a high silk hat...". Don't remember the rest.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,wdgy ?
Date: 10 Aug 11 - 03:42 PM

Me, too. I believe this was a song by a local Minneapolis band from the early 60's. Any help here?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: swazie
Date: 03 Sep 11 - 04:55 PM

The group that did the version in question above is The Coachmen on the Bear lable. It took me long enough to finally check into that. ;*)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,Angi
Date: 09 Sep 11 - 10:57 AM

My sister who was 13 years older than me and was the oldest in the family, used to sing this to me to put me to sleep also. She passed away a few years ago and we would talk about this song and she couldn't remember the lyrics. I always remembered her singing Mr. Moon Moon, Silvery, Silvery moon, which I guess is a little off, but I always knew that something was hiding behind a tree, and she always said that it seemed like she wouldn't sing something like that to me if I was little, but I knew she had. I wish so much I'd thought to research this a few years back and print these lyrics and go the hospital and sing them with her. She had a beautiful, Doris Day type voice. Thanks for sharing all these stories.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,dia
Date: 04 Jun 12 - 10:25 PM

our "middle part" was:

"I'm gonna shoot that possum with my old shot gun-
shoot that possum 'fore he starts to run.

great memories!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,GUEST: Maureen
Date: 02 Jul 12 - 08:58 PM

Thanks, Bob, for finding the origin of this!

I've been wondering about it for years. My grandmother (who's 95 now) used to sing it to all the grandkids. We are strongly in the possum camp, except in our version it's a tiger. That's why I was curious about the song - seems like no one else uses a tiger.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,Even More here!
Date: 15 Jul 12 - 01:02 PM

Some folks say that a tramp won't steal, way down, way down, way down yonder in the cornfield.

If that ain't stealin' then I don't know, way down, way down, way down yonder in the cornfield.

One had a shovel and the other had a hoe, way down, way down, way down yonder in the cornfield.

If that ain't stealin' then I don't know, way down, way down, way down yonder in the cornfield.

Mr Moon is a separate song...I know that one too! Ah, the stuff we kids had to sing in school in the 50's..........


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,Mr Moon
Date: 15 Jul 12 - 01:06 PM

Oh Mr. Moon moon, bright and silvery moon, why don't you please shine down on me. Oh Mr. Moon, moon, moon, bright and silvery moon, hiding behind that tree! I'm gonna shoot that possum with my big shot gun, shot that possum 'for he starts to run...oh Mr. Moon, Moon, bright and silvery moon, won't ya please shine down on..please shine down on...please shine down on me!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Oct 12 - 08:27 PM

When I was a student at Stratford College in Danville, VA 1950-52 we had sing-a-longs in the halls at night with a girl named Myrt Halley playing Mr. Moon on her guitar. This what we sang:

Oh, Mr. Moon, Moon, bright and silv'ry moon
Won't you please shine down on me
Oh Mr Moon, Moon, bright and silv'ry moon
Won't you come from behind that tree
When your life's in danger and you're scared to run
There's a man behind you with a big shotgun
Oh, Mr. Moon, Moon, bright and silv'ry moon
Won't you please shine down on
Talk about you shine on
Please shine down on me-e-e.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,Montana Mule Gal
Date: 23 Jul 13 - 12:26 PM

When I was a kid, my mother used to sing it with these lyrics. She was born in 1926. I don't recall any other verses.

Oh, Mister Moon, Moon, Great big silver moon
Quit yer hiding behind that tree
Somebody's waiting with a Gatling gun
Somebody's waiting just to have a little fun.
Oh, Mister Moon, Moon, great big silver spoon
Won't you please shine down on me?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Mar 14 - 06:23 PM

Mr. Moon the Coachmen from Minneapolis 1965


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,Greg
Date: 02 Aug 14 - 09:49 AM

My aunt sang it to us as:

Mr moon, moon, bright and shiny moon
Hiding behind that tree
Mr moon, moon bright and shiny moon
Please shine down on me

Oh how I'd love to watch you but I got to run
Cause there's a man behind me with a big shotgun

My aunt sang it to us as:
Mr moon, moon, bright and shiny moon
Hiding behind that tree
Mr moon, moon bright and shiny moon
Please shine down on me


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,GUEST. Tania
Date: 26 Jul 15 - 09:10 PM

Between 1940 and 1945 in Oakland, CA, mother sang the following song to my little sister and me at bedtime. It was scary and mysterious. Her other songs were more soothing.

Moon, moon, great big silvery moon,
Won't you please shine down on me.
Moon, moon, great big silvery moon,
Won't you come from behind that tree.

Right over there stands a man with a gun,
Waiting for to shoot you if you dare to run,
So, moon, moon, great big silvery moon
Won't you please shine down on,
Talk about your shining,
Won't you please shine down on me.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mr. Moon
From: GUEST,jimspice
Date: 19 Aug 18 - 06:38 PM

Consider me in the "big shot gun" camp. Also the camps of "knees are shaking," and "bright and shiny."


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