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)
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.
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,
we'd go up higher with all the pretty people
than houses and steeples and clouds:
away and away sailing into a keen
city which nobody's ever visited,where
in love and flowers pick themselves