On Moonlight BayWords & Music by Edward Madden & Percy Weinrich
Recorded by Bing Crosby, 1951 (#14)
Intro: ||: Bm G | F#7 :|| Bm G Bm Em7 D9 G F#7 Bm E7 Voi - ces hum, crooning over Moonlight Bay Bm G Bm Em7 D9 G F#7 Bm E7 Ban - jos strum to me while the moon - beams play A Em7 F#m7 Gdim Em7/9 A7 All alone, unknown, they find me, C Am C G/B G Mem - o - ries like these re - mind me G Am7 G7 Fdim Am7 G7 Am D7 G Of the girl I left be - hind me down on Moonlight Bay. Refrain: D9 Em7/9 A/6/7/9 D G D Em7 Gdim D G D We were sailing a - long on moon-light bay; D Cdim Fdim Em7/9 A7 Em7 We could hear the voices ring - ing; A7sus4 A7/6/4 D Fdim A They seemed to say, A7 Em7/9 A/6/7/9 D G D Em7 Gdim D G D "You have stolen her heart -- now don't go 'way." Gdim D A Bm7-5 A Em7 A7/6 D As we sang love's old sweet song on Moon-light Bay. Bm G Bm Em7 D9 G F#7 Bm E7 Can - dle light streaming on the si - lent shore, Bm G Bm Em7 D9 G F#7 Bm E7 Lone - ly nights dream - ing til we meet once more A Em7 F#m7 Gdim Em7/9 A7 Far a - part her heart is yearn - ing C Am C G/B G With a sigh for my re - turn - ing G Am7 G7 Fdim Am7 G7 Am D7 G With the light of love still burn - ing as in days of yore. (Repeat Refrain)
I haven't touched Crosby's rendering of the refrain here, but the use of the two intro verses come directly from a Leon Redbone recording a full 50 years younger than Crosby's. I had never seen, nor heard, these verses until being tipped off to them by recent visitor Paul Daly. As is so often the case, the inclusion of the verses significantly changes the mood of the song.