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Mr. Moonlight

Composer(s) : Roy Lee Johnson
Year : 1962

Alan W. Pollack 's "Notes On" Mr. Moonlight

Selecteer gewenste toonaard :


Oorspronkelijke toonaard:  F# 


Getoonde toonaard:   

 Mister ....... Mo-onlight,


 You came to me, one summer night

                               
 And from your beam you made my dream

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 And from the word, you sent my girl

                            
 And from above you sent us love,

                               
 And now she is mine, I think you're fine

                         
 Cause we love you, Mr. Moonlight.


 Mr. Moonlight, come again please,


 Here I am on my knees begging if you please,

                                                        
 On the nights you don't come my way, I pray and pray for each day

                         
 Cause we love you, Mr.Moonlight.


 SOLO over...?
                                

                                                        
 On the nights you don't come my way, I pray and pray for each day

                       
 Cause we love you, Mr.Moonlight.

   
 Mr. Moonlight, come again please,
 
    
 Here I am on my knees begging if you please,
 
                                                              
 On the nights you don't come my way, whoa, I pray and pray for each day

                         
 Cause we love you, Mr. Moonlight.

Roy Lee Johnson
Despite 40 years in the music business, details about Roy Lee's life are rather scarce. He was born on 31 December 1938, 
reportedly in Heard Count, Georgia, and started his recording career as a member of the Brassettes of Hoganville who cut
a 45 for Ebb. Some other members of the group went on to join the Ohio Untouchables, Johnson was not among them. 
He surfaced next as guitarist and vocalist for Piano Red, for whom he wrote and sang "Mr Moonlight", the flip of 
Red's small eponymous hit "Dr Feelgood". Since the Beatles covered Johnson's song it's an easy assumption that this 
number has brought him the biggest pay checks he's ever received.


Alternate version:


This is the 'Beatles for Sale' version, this song is also released on the album Anthology 1 
but it hasn't got 'And now she is mine...' instead replacing it with another 'On the nights you don't come my way...'.

Seems like this is the Beatles' cover which everyone loves to hate; it must be something about the self-consciously 
campy vocal, lugubrious Hammond organ, and generally queasy blend of dooh-whop and Latin musical styles. But get
beyond this if you can and discover a number of compositional details which are more reminiscent of the Beatles'
own style than you'd ever expect from the surface.

As with "Rock And Roll Music", the original version turns out to be less extremely inflected than the Beatles' 
cover of it. One of the strangest variances is in the choice of key, the original having been in G. I can't 
honestly figure what would have influenced the Beatles to do it in the very unusual key of F# Major, unless 
the half-step difference was just sufficient to keep John from cracking on the high notes. Still, I'd assume 
they must have fingered it in an easier key like E or F and used some capo. 


Ook op Beatles for Sale:

ChordsNotes On
No Reply No Reply
I'm a Loser I'm a Loser
Baby's in Black Baby's in Black
Rock & Roll Music Rock & Roll Music
I'll Follow the Sun I'll Follow the Sun
Mr. Moonlight Mr. Moonlight
Kansas City-Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! [Medley] Kansas City-Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! [Medley]
Eight Days a Week Eight Days a Week
Words of Love Words of Love
Honey Don't Honey Don't
Every Little Thing Every Little Thing
I Don't Want to Spoil the Party I Don't Want to Spoil the Party
What You're Doing What You're Doing
Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby

Ook op Anthology 1:

ChordsNotes On
Free As A Bird Free As A Bird
Speeches_ant_1 We Were Four Guys ... That's All (john Lennon Speaking To Jann Wenner) 
That'll Be The Day 
In Spite Of All The Danger 
Sometimes I'd Borrow ... Those Still Exist 
Hallelujah, I Love Her So 
You'll Be Mine 
Cayenne 
First Of All ... It Didn't Do A Thing Here 
My Bonnie 
Ain't She Sweet 
Cry For A Shadow 
Brian Was A Beautiful Guy ... He Presented Us Well 
I Secured Them ... A Beatle Drink Even Then 
Searching 
Three Cool Cats 
Sheik Of Araby 
Like Dreamers Do 
Hello Little Girl 
Well, The Recording Test ... By My Artists 
Besame Mucho 
Love Me Do Love Me Do
How Do You Do It 
Please Please Me Please Please Me
One After 909 (Takes 3, 4, & 5)
One After 909 (Takes 4 & 5)
Lend Me Your Comb 
I'll Get You (Live at the London Palladium)
We Were Performers ... In Britain 
I Saw Her Standing There (Live in Stockholm)
From Me To You (Live in Stockholm)
Money (that's What I Want) (Live in Stockholm)
You've Really Got A Hold On Me (Live in Stockholm)
Roll Over Beethoven (Live in Stockholm)
She Loves You (Live at the Royal Variety Show)
Till There Was You (Live at the Royal Variety Show)
Twist And Shout (Live at the Royal Variety Show)
This Boy (Live on The Morecambe and Wise Show)
I Want To Hold Your Hand (Live on The Morecambe and Wise Show)
Boys, What I Was Thinking ... (morecambe & Wise Speaking To The Beatles) 
Moonlight Bay (Live on The Morecambe and Wise Show)
Can't Buy Me Love (Takes 1 & 2)
All My Loving Live on The Ed Sullivan Show)
You Can't Do That (Take 6)
And I Love Her (Take 2)
A Hard Day's Night (Take 1)
I Wanna Be Your Man I Wanna Be Your Man
Long Tall Sally Long Tall Sally
Boys Boys
Shout ! 
I'll Be Back (Take 2)
I'll Be Back (Take 3)
You Know What To Do 
No Reply No Reply
Mr. Moonlight (Takes 1 & 4)
Leave My Kitten Alone (Take 5)
No Reply (Take 2)
Eight Days A Week (Takes 1, 2 & 4)
Eight Days A Week (Take 5)
Kansas City-Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! [medley] (Take 1)

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