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"Shine On Harvest Moon," Lyrics, Text Format

Advanced syncopation, 2/2 counted in 4/4, raised tonic (Di),
raised mediant (3, Fa), and a subdominant arpeggio
with a sharp root and fifth (iv#7, c#m7).



  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA – words: Jack Norworth, music: Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth – 1908
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 2/2 (counted in 4/4)
  • Form: AB*
  • Rhythm: advanced: | ta/a ta/a | ta ta ti ta ti | syncopation, | ta/a/ ri ti/ ri | syncopation,
    | ta/a/a (ta) | ta ti ta ti ta | syncopation,
    | ti/ ri ti/ ri ti/ ri ti/ ri | syncopation,
    | ti/ ri ti/ ta/ (ta) | syncopation, | ta/a/a ta |
    | ta ti ta ta/ | syncopation, | ta/ ti ti ti ti ti | syncopation
  • Pitches: advanced: Fa Fi So La Do Di Re Mi Fa So – raised/sharp tonic (1, Di) raised mediant (3, Fa) note: a sharp third/Mi is the same as the fourth/Fa
  • Intervals: advanced: Mi\Di\La\Fi descending subdominant arpeggio with raised root and fifth and added seventh (iv#7, c#m7), Fi\Fa/Fi (m2), Fi/Mi(d7 – diminished seventh), Re/So, (P4), So\Mi (m3), Do\La/Do (m3), So/Do (P4), Do/Fa (P4), Do\So (P4)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, dotted quarter, quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; rest: quarter; pickup beat, cut time, syncopation, raised tonic and mediant, sharp subdominant arpeggio, diminished seventh
  • Key Words: USA history, theatre history: vaudeville, Ziegfeld Follies (songs debut), courting song, harvest moon, January, February, June, July, snow time, spoon, gal, abbreviation: lovin’ (loving)

* Chorus to the early twentieth century vaudeville song, where songs about the moon were popular: “By the light of the Silvery Moon”, “(On) Moonlight Bay”.


“Shine On Harvest Moon”


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 sit outside and spoon,
So, shine on, shine on harvest moon for me and my gal.

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