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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
breezy 27 Feb 02 - 04:12 PM
masato sakurai 28 Feb 02 - 06:07 AM
Mudlark 28 Feb 02 - 03:21 PM
Jim Dixon 02 Mar 02 - 02:43 PM
late 'n short 2 02 Mar 02 - 08:57 PM
Sorcha 02 Mar 02 - 09:06 PM
Jim Dixon 03 Mar 02 - 06:30 PM
GUEST,Bill Kennedy 14 Mar 02 - 01:55 PM
GUEST,Bill Kennedy 14 Mar 02 - 02:04 PM
GUEST,MAG at work 14 Mar 02 - 02:20 PM
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Susan A-R 06 Sep 07 - 03:32 PM
Joe_F 06 Sep 07 - 08:40 PM
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GUEST,Bob Coltman 09 Sep 07 - 07:35 AM
GUEST,Wayne B. Norris 10 Sep 07 - 12:36 AM
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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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