Shine On, Harvest MoonWords & Music by Jack Norworth & Nora Bayes-Norworth, 1938
Recorded by Leon Redbone, 1977 (See Below)
Am E7 Am The night was mighty dark so you could hardly see, C Am E7 And the moon refused to shine; Am E7 Am D Am7 G7 Couple sittin' underneath the willow tree; for love they pined. Dm7 G7 Dm7 G7 The little maid was kinda 'fraid of darkness, so C C/B Am7 Am7/G She said, "I guess I'll go." D Am7 D Am7 The boy began to sigh, looked up in the sky, D Am7 G G7 And told the moon his little tale of woe. Refrain: Fdim A7 Fdim A7 D Am7 D "Shine on, shine on, harvest moon up in the sky; G Dm7 G Dm7 C F C G C C7 I ain't had no lovin' since January, February, June or Ju-ly. Fdim A7 Fdim A7 D Am7 D Snow time ain't no time to stay outdoors and spoon, G Dm7 G Dm7 C F Dm7 C So shine on, shine on, harvest moon, for me and my gal." Am E7 Am I can't see why a boy should cry when by his side C Am E7 Is a girl he loves so true; Am E7 Am D Am7 G7 All he has to say is, "Won't you be my bride, for I love you." Dm7 G7 Dm7 G7 But why should I be telling you this secret when C C/B Am7 Am7/G I know that you can guess? D Am7 D Am7 Harvest moon will smile, shine on all the while, D Am7 G G7 If the little girl should answer "Yes"! Repeat Refrain:
This version is a synthesis of divergent lyric sources, including some material provided by Tony Casazza (whose assistance is much-appreciated, especially for the second verse which I've never seen anywhere else) and versions I've heard and sung along with in piano bars for more years than I'm willing to admit to. The chording is taken from shaky recollections of the version Redbone played on Saturday Night Live several years ago. Accurate? I don't know…but thoroughly playable.