Full Moon and Empty Arms

Words & Music by Buddy Kaye, Ted Mossman & Sergi Rachmaninoff
(From Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #2)
Recorded by Frank Sinatra, 1946 (#17)

 G    C   Bbm7            C      Bbm7
Full moon      and empty arms -- 

     C       G#7     Fdim(III)    G7(3)      Fdim       C
The moon is there for    us    to share, but where are you?

C Bm7-5  Cdim E7    G    Edim  G7  C   Dm7  C
A night like this  could weave a  mem - o - ry, 

C   C/B  Am7  D7  Am7  D9   Am     Em7  Cdim G    D7/9    G7 
And ev - 'ry kiss            could start a  dream     for two.

      C   Bbm7             C   Bbm7
Full moon      and empty arms, 

      C        G#7     Fdim(III)   G7(3)   Fdim      C
To - night I'll use the   mag - ic moon to wish up - on,

C  Bm7-5 Cdim  E7   G  G6 G7   C    G7    C
And next full moon, if my one wish comes true, 

C  C/B   G7  D    Dm      Dm7    G7   C
My emp - ty arms will be filled with you.

*Requested by recent/frequent visitor/contributor RApplguitar. This song could well appear on any list of "elegant plagiarisms" -- songs which were based on (and sometimes outright duplicates of) classical melodies, but re-tooled to become popular songs. (I'm not positive, but I believe I first ran into the term in this context in one of Joel Whitburn's books.)


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