About the song

Ah, Conway Twitty – a name synonymous with smooth baritone vocals and heartfelt country ballads. But Blue Moon, nestled on his 1960 album Lonely Blue Boy, showcases a different side of the “Honky Tonk Angel.” Here, we find Twitty in a realm of romantic yearning, bathed in the ethereal glow of the title celestial body.

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Blue Moon is a cover of a 1934 composition by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, originally written for the Broadway musical “Louisiana Hayride.” The song itself is a delightful blend of jazz and pop sensibilities, a perfect fit for the era. However, Twitty, with his masterful storytelling voice, injects a layer of country sorrow and longing that elevates the material.

The opening lines paint a picture of a solitary soul: “Once upon a time, before I took up smiling, I hated the moonlight.” This sets the stage for a man shrouded in loneliness, finding no solace even in the gentle luminescence of the moon. The imagery of “shadows of the night” being “flat as the noon light” reinforces this sense of emotional emptiness.

The lyrics then take a poignant turn: “With no one to stay up for, I went to sleep at 10. And life was a bitter cup for the saddest of all men.” We see a man resigned to his solitude, his days devoid of purpose, and his nights filled with a melancholic yearning.

Blue Moon then becomes a pivotal moment. The singer, adrift in his despair, turns to the moon as a confidante, a silent witness to his heartache. The lyrics, “Blue Moon / You saw me standing alone / Without a dream in my heart / Without a love of my own,” are a plea for solace, a desperate wish for companionship.

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And then, a twist. The song takes a magical turn as the moon, imbued with a sense of cosmic intervention, answers the singer’s prayer. “And then there suddenly appeared before me / The only one my arms will ever hold / I heard somebody whisper please adore me / And when I looked the Moon had turned to gold.” The moon, transformed into a symbol of hope, brings forth the promise of love.

Blue Moon concludes on a note of optimism. The once-lonely man is no longer adrift. The final lines, “Now I’m no longer alone / Without a dream in my heart / Without a love of my own,” express the transformative power of love, a sentiment that resonates deeply with listeners.

Twitty’s delivery is key to the song’s success. His voice, rich and expressive, conveys the initial despair with a palpable vulnerability. As the song progresses, his voice takes on a hopeful quality, reflecting the transformative power of the moonlit encounter.

Blue Moon stands as a testament to Twitty’s versatility as a performer. It’s a song that transcends genre, a timeless ballad that speaks to the universal human desire for connection and love. So, the next time you find yourself gazing up at the moon, let the gentle strains of Blue Moon remind you that even in the darkest of nights, there’s always a chance for love to bloom.

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Lyrics

“Blue Moon”

Once upon a time, before I took up smiling , I hated the moonlight
Shadows of the night like the poorest find beguiling
Seems flat as the moonlight
With no one to stay up for, I went to sleep at ten
And life was a bitter cup for the saddest of all men

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Blue moon
You saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own

Blue moon
You knew just what I was there for
You heard me saying a prayer for
Someone I really could care for

And then there suddenly appeared before me
The only one my arms will ever hold
I heard somebody whisper please adore me
And when I looked the Moon had turned to gold

Blue moon
Now I’m no longer alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own