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It's Only A Paper Moon

Colin PerryColin Perry Montreal, QCNew
edited January 2006 in Repertoire Posts: 115
Does anyone have the chords for the verse of this song?

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  • djangologydjangology Portland, OregonModerator
    Posts: 1,018
    the transcription and the chords were in one of the issues of Flatpicking magazine... I have photocopies of it (only in emergency). You should be able to find it yourself with a little effort.
  • JackJack western Massachusetts✭✭✭✭
    Posts: 1,752
    Colin,

    When you write 'verse', do you mean this section?

    I never feel a thing is real
    When i'm away from you
    Out of your embrace
    The world's a temporary parking place

    Mmm, mm, mm, mm
    A bubble for a minute
    Mmm, mm, mm, mm
    You smile, the bubble has a rainbow in it...

    If so, I'm looking. Let you know.

    Best,
    Jack.
  • Colin PerryColin Perry Montreal, QCNew
    Posts: 115
    Jack--

    Exactly. I'm bidding on a copy of the sheet music on e-bay right now, so if nothing else, they should be in there. I'm trying to pick the changes off of Ukelele Ike's version with Dick McDonough, but the changes he plays are too vague to really make out.
  • JackJack western Massachusetts✭✭✭✭
    Posts: 1,752

    I did see those, but neither one has the section Colin's after...he wants the verse, which comes before that. Historically, most jazz players dropped the verse and just played the refrain. An apropos example from Cole Porter:

    VERSE:
    I feel a sudden urge to sing
    The kind of ditty that invokes the spring
    So, control your desire to curse
    While I crucify the verse
    This verse I've started seems to me
    The "Tin Pan-tithesis" of melody
    So to spare you all the pain,
    I'll skip the damn thing and sing the refrain...

    REFRAIN:
    The night is young, the skies are clear
    And if you want to go walkin', dear
    It's delightful, it's delicious, it's de-lovely

    I understand the reason why
    You're sentimental, 'cause so am I
    It's delightful, it's delicious, it's de-lovely

    You can tell at a glance what a swell night this is for romance
    You can hear, dear Mother Nature murmuring low "Let yourself go"

    So please be sweet, my chickadee
    And when I kiss you, just say to me
    "It's delightful, it's delicious, it's delectable, it's delirious,
    It's dilemma, it's de limit, it's deluxe, it's de-lovely"

    You can tell at a glance what a swell night this is for romance
    You can hear dear Mother Nature murmuring low "Let yourself go"

    So please be sweet, my chickadee
    And when I kiss ya, just say to me
    "It's delightful, it's delicious, it's delectable, it's delirious,
    It's dilemma, it's de limit, it's deluxe, it's de-lovely"

    Could that guy write a tune or what?
    Best,
    Jack.
  • trumbologytrumbology San FranciscoNew
    Posts: 124
    Jack wrote:
    I did see those, but neither one has the section Colin's after...he wants the verse, which comes before that. Historically, most jazz players dropped the verse and just played the refrain. An apropos example from Cole Porter:
    ....

    Could that guy write a tune or what?
    Jack

    Cole was probably the first of the 'golden age' songwriters I paid attention to. Words and music, the guy is hard to beat. On words alone, however, I'm also very partial to Lorenz Hart--he wrote some wicked funny lyrics. Like John Lennon, he tempered the overly-saccharine impulses of his partner (Richard Rodgers). But I digress.

    Back to the 'verse' topic:

    Occasionally a jazz player like the late Dexter Gordon will play the verse, but mostly verses live on in cabaret singer performances. The recent Billy Strayhorn biography talks about Billy's club hopping in Paris in the mid 1950s. In addition to the Club Saint Germain, Billy hung at the Mars Club:

    "....A gathering place for song afficionados, the Mars Club was what the singers would call a verse club: instead of just starting with the chorus, you could do the whole composition, including the opening verse...."
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