Just As Phony As It Can Be

Just As Phony As It Can Be

Jim set a real challenge with this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme. Oh there were plenty of tracks that contained the words on selection, but while I was doing my research, I noted that a lot of them bore very little resemblance with music as it is commonly defined.

The phenomenal Ella Fitzgerald rescued me with her cover of the classic “It’s Only A Paper Moon”. I came across a very fetching animation to this track, however, it cut out suddenly after less than a minute of the song. Still, I think animation like that is so clever, I wanted to include it in this post.

Credits: Harold Arlen and Rose Billy Harburg

You say it's only a paper moon
Sailing over a cardboard sea
But it wouldn't be make believe if you believed in me
Yes, it's only a canvas sky
Hanging over a muslin tree
But it wouldn't be make-believe if you believed in me

Without your love it's a honky-tonk parade
Without your love it's a melody played in a penny arcade
It's a Barnum & Bailey world
Just as phony as it can be
But it wouldn't be make-believe if you believed in me

You say it's only a paper moon
Sailing over a cardboard sea
But it wouldn't be make believe if you believed in me
Yes, it's only a canvas sky
Hanging over a muslin tree
But it wouldn't be make-believe if you believed in me

Without your love it's a honky-tonk parade
Without your love it's a melody played in a penny arcade
It's a Barnum & Bailey world
Just as phony as it can be
But it wouldn't be make-believe if you believed in me

It's phony it's plain to see
How happy I would be
If you believed in me

18 thoughts on “Just As Phony As It Can Be

    1. Some of the best songs have been covered repeatedly and by fantastic singers – sometimes it is hard to choose who to feature. I loved the animation I found so it had to be Ella!

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