Lyrics & Chords
This was one of the most popular songs of the 1960s. Audrey Hepburn sang it in the film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961). But it was Andy Williams’ version in 1962 that proved extremely popular. The music was by Henry Mancini and the lyrics were by Johnny Mercer.
There have been different singing versions of this famous song such as the Louis Armstrong version (in his grating and breaking voice), the Frank Sinatra version, the Jim Reeves version, the Pat Boone version, the George Chakiris version, the version by three famous tenors Pavarotti, Dominguez and Carrerra, and the Jerry Butler version. One can listen to them all at YouTube site.
I have sung this song using the Mancini- karaoke. The first half is me singing and the second half is singing by chorus. Four decades ago, I had at home a George Chakiris version of the song on a disc which used to pleasantly assault my ears continuously!
“Moon River” has no special meaning. It is just an imagined river. The “Back River” which flowed in Mercer’s native place Savannah, Georgia, was renamed “Moon River” after the huge success of this song written by Mercer. The term “Huckleberry friend” in the song has nothing to do with Tom Sawyer’s book “Huckleberry Finn”. Mercer said that it denoted a friend in his young days who was fond of collecting and eating huckleberries.
Moon River, wider than a mile
I’m crossing you in style some day
Oh, dream maker, you heart-breaker
Wherever you are going I’m going your way
Two drifters off to see the world
There’s such a lot of world to see
We’re after the same rainbow’s end
Waiting ’round the bend my Huckleberry friend
Moon River and me.
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