It`s only a papermoon

1933© Music by Edgar “Yip” Harburg and Billy Rose Lyrics by Harold Arlen

Harold Arlen                           * Buffalo, NY Feb 2, 1905
† New York City, NY Apr 23, 1986
Edgar Yipsel “Yip” Harburg * New York City, NY Apr 8, 1898
† Los Angeles, Ca Mar 5, 1981
Billy Rose                                 * New York, NY Sept. 6, 1899
† Jamaica, Feb. 10, 1966

Lyrics:
Say, It’s only a papermoon, sailin’over a cardboard sea,
But it wouldn’t be make believe, if you believed in me.

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 and Bailey world, just as phoney as it can be,
But it wouldn’t be make believe, if you believed in me.