Shine On Harvest Moon

Music by Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth, and Lyrics by Jack Norworth (1918)

Shine on, shine on harvest moon up in the sky
I ain’t had no lovin’ since January, February, June, or July
Snow time ain’t no time to sit outdoors and spoon
Shine on, shine on harvest moon for me ‘n’ my gal

C’mon, shine on harvest moon way up there in the sky.
Don’tcha know I ain’t had no lovin’ since January, February, June, AND July?
Now, looka here—don’t you know better than to set out there in the snow ‘n’ spoon?
C’mon, I don’t want no half moon, I want a full moon.

Oh, won’t you shine on, shine on harvest moon (shine on, shine on)
Up in the sky? (shine on)
I ain’t had no lovin’ since January, February, June, or July
(ah-ooba, ah-ooba, ah-ooba , ah-ooh)
Don’t you know you’re gonna freeze to death
Settin’ out there in the snow tryin’ to spoon?
So shine on, shine on harvest moon for me ‘n’ my gal

Shine On, Harvest MoonWhat Was Ruth Etting’s Trademark Tune? According to my Grandfather, it was Shine On, Harvest Moon!

Originally performed by Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth in The Follies of 1918, Ruth Etting first performed this song in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1931, and recorded it in 1933 for California Weather. She also recorded it in 1935 for Columbia Records and issued on Columbia 3085 D (Matrix 17752), and again in 1936.

Cover artist: “Parry”
Remick Music Corp.

Thank you to Richard A. Reublin of ParlorSongs.com for sharing the sheet music image above. For more on information on the song, visit his site!

To find all references to Shine On Harvest Moon on this site, click here!

4 Responses to Shine On Harvest Moon

  1. Janet Watkins says:

    Beibg a life long fan of Doris Day, I watched ‘Love me or leave me’ last night, and realised I could with the use of the internet look into the life of the real Ruth Etting, what a fantastic web site dedicated to a true star. I am sitting here now listening to ‘Shine on Harvest Moon’ as I write.

    What an amazing lady and thank you for keeping her alive.

    Jan Watkins – Cardiff , Wales, Great Britain

  2. Thanks Jan! And glad you found it!

  3. Pamela Maring says:

    Like Janet’s comment, I found this site after viewing the Doris Day movie. Of course, the movie studio had to make a few changes and embellishments to her life story, but this site has revealed some real treasures. The movie also left me disappointed in the costuming. Etting’s photos reveal some gorgeous clothes that are more like what I envisioned of the 20′s and 30′s. Thanks for the REAL Ruth Etting.

  4. I completely agree on the costuming Pamela! The 1950s version of 1920s fashion just didn’t do it for me either.

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