The World is Flat and Small: Glenn Miller and Mitchell Parrish

I have at hand a cup of half-calf courtesy of the Starbucks in Mt. Kisco.

As I was waiting in line to order the half-calf, I heard some music being played by the Glenn Miller Band.

I mentioned to the woman next to me that Glenn Miller was my mother’s favorite musician.

She said that her grandfather was a lyricist, and that he wrote a song with Glenn Miller!

The Lyricist? Mitchell Parish.

The Song? Moonlight Serenade: [1]

MOONLIGHT SERENADE
Glenn Miller and Mitchell Parrish

I stand at your gate and the song that I sing is of moonlight.
I stand and I wait for the touch of your hand in the June night.
The roses are sighing a Moonlight Serenade.

The stars are aglow and tonight how their light sets me dreaming.
My love, do you know that your eyes are like stars brightly beaming?
I bring you and sing you a Moonlight Serenade.

Let us stray till break of day
in love’s valley of dreams.
Just you and I, a summer sky,
a heavenly breeze kissing the trees.

So don’t let me wait, come to me tenderly in the June night.
I stand at your gate and I sing you a song in the moonlight,
a love song, my darling, a Moonlight Serenade.

Note:

1. From the Wikipedia article:

After “Moonlight Serenade”, originally released solely as an instrumental, became a smash hit in 1939, Mitchell Parish wrote new lyrics for the music under that title.

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