Words: Lorenz Hart; Music: Richard Rodgers (1934)

Lyrics

Blue Moon,
You saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart,
Without a love of my own.

Blue Moon,
You knew just what I was there for,
You heard me saying a prayer for
Someone I really could care for.

And then there suddenly appeared before me
The only one my arms will ever hold:
I heard somebody whisper:
“Please adore me!”
And when I looked,
The moon had turned
To gold!

Blue Moon,
Now I’m no longer alone,
Without a dream in my heart,
Without love of my own.

Background

“Blue Moon” is a classic popular song, and has become a standard ballad. The lyrics presumably refer to an English expression: “once in a blue moon” means very rarely. The narrator of the song is relating a stroke of luck so unlikely that it must have taken place under a blue moon. The title relies on a play on words, since blue is also the color of sadness, and indeed the narrator is sad and lonely until he finds love.

Performances

Here is a strong performance by Dean Martin, with just a touch of (unintentional?) comedy:

Here’s a slow-swinging Sinatra version, arranged and conducted by the great Nelson Riddle:

And here is the Sing-A-long version for listening to and downloading:

Blue Moon