Shine On Harvest Moon/The Glory of Love

By Jack Norworth & Nora Bayes/Billy Hill, recorded on Skeins.

Lyricist Jack Norworth also wrote “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Composer Nora Bayes, nee Eleanora Goldberg, is the familiar voice of “Over There,” from WWI. “Shine On Harvest Moon” was written in 1908. Billy Hill wrote “The Glory of Love” in 1926. 

The night was mighty dark so you could hardly see, 
And the moon refused to shine. 
Couple sitting underneath a willow tree, 
For love they pine. 
The little guy was kinda shy of darkness 
So he said, "I guess I'll go." 
Girl began to sigh, looked up at the sky, 
And told the moon her 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; 
So shine on, shine on, harvest moon, 
For me and my guy. 

I don't know why a girl should sigh when by her side 
Is the one she loves so true, 
All she has to say is: "Won't you be my guy, 
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 guy should answer "yes." 

(repeat chorus) 

You've got to give a little, take a little 
And let your poor heart break a little 
That's the story of, that's the glory of love 
You've got to laugh a little, cry a little 
Until the clouds roll by a little 
That's the story of, that's the glory of love

As long as there's the two of us 
We've got the world and all its charms 
And when the world is through with us 
We've got each other's arms 
You've got to win a little, lose a little 
And always have the blues a little 
That's the story of, that's the glory of love.