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May 10, 2020

songs on saturday: ‘it’s only a paper moon’
posted by soe 1:12 am

Somehow with the craziness of the past few months, I missed that James Taylor had released a new album, American Standards. He had previously recorded “It’s Only a Paper Moon” for A League of Their Own nearly 30 years ago, but I thought I’d share his latest version.

“It’s Only a Paper Moon was written in the early 1930s, with music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by Yip Harburg (they also wrote “Over the Rainbow” together) and Billy Rose. (Billy Rose’s contributions may have been minimal; apparently he was very good at promotion, so artists were sometimes willing to let him attach his name to their songs to get them further out into the world.)

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