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Moon in the mardi gras
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt2.mornington.au.da.uu.net)
Date: April 10, 2004 07:53PM

Looking for the title and lyrics of a song having the lines

I saw the moon
Shine through the mardi gras
Like a painted balloon
In the mardi gras

(or something like)

Re: Moon in the mardi gras
Posted by: Linda (---.cache.pol.co.uk)
Date: April 11, 2004 08:34AM

You've learned these lines by ear not eye, haven't you? (They way I used to sing "pity mice implicitly")

Mardi gras = fat Tuesday = Shrove Tuesday = pancake day, so what did the writer mean?

Is the moon a float in a mardi gras parade? Are we looking at the moon from sand dunes, seeing it through marram grass?

Just trying to guess a context to help in the search.

Re: Moon in the mardi gras
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt2.mornington.au.da.uu.net)
Date: April 11, 2004 09:07AM

Yes, Linda. They're words I can remember from a song crooned on the radio, probably in the 1950s. I can remember the tune, but not the rest of the words, or the context. I don't recall there being any profound message in it. The scene I have always imagined is that of a bright full moon seen rising behind the festivities of a mardi gras parade. And the lyrics I'm hoping to find are definitely not this happy poem by e e cummings, from which David Niven took 'The Moon's A Balloon' as the title of his autobiographical book:

who knows if the moon's
a balloon,coming out of a keen city
in the sky--filled with pretty people?
(and if you and i should

get into it,if they
should take me and take you into their balloon,
why then
we'd go up higher with all the pretty people

than houses and steeples and clouds:
go sailing
away and away sailing into a keen
city which nobody's ever visited,where

Spring)and everyone's
in love and flowers pick themselves

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