Home from the Isar, this song still on our lips. Audrey Hepburn sang “Moon River” in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s“, the film based on the book by Truman Capote. Mercer and Mancini wrote the song for her limited vocal range — which is why we can sing it together. Hepburn plays Holly Golightly, the glittering socialite, drifter, tease and heartbreaker who gives her profession or address (it’s not quite clear which) as “traveling”. Initially the lyrics started, “I’m Holly, like I want to be / like holly on a tree back home…”. See the film. Read the book. And hear the song. In any order.
Moon River, wider than a mile,
I’m crossing you in style some day.
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker,
wherever you’re going I’m going your way.
Two drifters off to see the world.
There’s such a lot of world to see.
We’re after the same rainbow’s end–
waiting ’round the bend,
my huckleberry friend,
Moon River and me.
music by Henry Mancini, lyrics by Johnny Mercer
© 1961 Paramount Music Corporation, ASCAP
Here are the chords to Moon River.
Let’s take off, traveling. Next year. World, here we come.
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