I tend to perform public domain music when I'm not playing originals.
Shine On Harvest Moon
Jack Norworth / Nora Bayes circa 1908 (public domain music)
Arrangement and performance (c) Dana Austin, all rights reserved
The night was mighty dark so you could hardly see,
For the moon refused to shine.
Couple sitting underneath a willow tree,
For love they did pine.
Little maid was kinda 'fraid of darkness
So she said, "I guess I'll go."
Boy began to sigh, looked up at the sky,
And told the moon his little tale of woe
Oh, 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 stay
Outdoors and spoon;
Shine on, shine on, harvest moon,
For me and my gal.
I can't see why a boy should sigh When by his side
is the girl he loves so true,
All he has to say is: "Won't you be my bride,
For I love you.
I can't see why I'm telling you this secret,
When I know that you can guess."
Harvest moon will smile,
Shine on all the while,
If the little girl should answer "yes."
from Gasoline Rainbows,
track released February 13, 2014
Ron Goad percussion, Duane Siler bass