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Roy Acuff - Blue Moon Of Kentucky


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BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY
Roy Acuff
Words & Music by Bill Monroe 1947

These lyrics transcribed directly and faithfully from a Bill Monroe
recording of his song, played in the key of "Bb".

This song basically has only one verse and one chorus
which are sung before & after fiddle & mandolin instrumentals.

[G]Blue moon of Ken[G7]tucky, keep on [C]shining
Shine [G]on the one that's gone and proved un[D]true
Blue [G]moon of Ken[G7]tucky, keep on [C]shining
Shine [G]on the one that's [D]gone and left me [G]blue

It was [C]on a moonlight night
The [G]stars were shining bright
An' they [C]whispered from on high
Yo' [G]love has said good[D]bye
Blue [G]moon of Ken[G7]tucky keep on [C]shining
Shine [G]on the one that's [D]gone and said good[G]bye

Mandolin Instrumental verse

Blue moon of Kentucky, keep on shining
Shine on the one that's gone and proved untrue
Blue moon of Kentucky, keep on shining
Shine on the one that's gone and left me blue

Fiddle Instrumental verse

It was on a moonlight night
The stars were shining bright
An' they whispered from on high
Yo' love has said goodbye
Blue moon of Kentucky keep on shining
Shine on the one that's gone and said goodbye
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"Back in those days, it seems every trip we made was from Kentucky
to Florida driving back and forth.
I always thought about Kentucky, and I wanted to write a
song about the moon we could always see over it.
The best way to do this was to bring a girl into the song.
I wanted words to this, because most of my songs were instrumentals.
'Kentucky Waltz' had come earlier and I knew I could write both words
and music, so I qrote it in the car on the way home from one of those
Florida trips." --Bill Monroe
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Recorded by Bill Monroe & The Bluegrass Boys
            Roy Acuff
	     The Stanley Brothers
            Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys
            John C. Fogerty (very "electric" version)
            Ray Charles
            Jerry Reed
            Ricky Scaggs
            Elvis Presley
            Patsy Cline (who apparently didn't know the words)
            LeAnn Rimes (Who copied Patsy Cline)



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