SERENADE (OVERHEAD THE MOON IS BEAMING) From the Broadway Operetta "The Student Prince" (1924) (Sigmund Romberg / Dorothy Donnelly) Howard Marsh (Broadway Production) - 1924 Frank Hornaday, Roy Barnes, Daniel De Paolo, James Wharton & Chorus (Broadway Revival) - 1943 Roy Barnes & Chorus – (Broadway Revival) - 1943 Nelson Eddy & Rise Stevens – 1947 Glenn Burris - 1948 Lauritz Melchior & Male Chorus - 1950 Earl Wrightson - 1951 Mario Lanza (Film Soundtrack) - 1952 Robert Rounseville – 1952 Gordon McRae – 1953 Mario Lanza -1954 Percy Faith & His Orch. (vocal: Earl Wrightson) – 1959 John Wakefield - 1961 Frankie Laine - 1963 Jan Peerce - 1965 David Rendall, Bonaventura Bottone, Leon Greene, David Maxwell, Neil Jenkins & Norman Bailey - 1989 Jerry Hadley - 1993 Also recorded by: John Hanson; Dennis Day; Richard Tauber; Richard Crooks; Tito Beltran; Mantovani Orch; ........... and others. Overhead, the moon is beaming White as blossoms on the bough Nothing is heard but the song of a bird Filling all the air with dreaming Would my heart but still it's beating Only you can tell it how, beloved From your window give me greeting Hear my eternal vow Soft in the trees lies the echo of my longing While all around you my dreams of rapture throng My soul, my joy, my hope, my fear Your heart must tell you that I am near List from above while I pour out my love For you know through my life you are love'd Oh, hear my longing cry, oh, love me or I die Overhead, the moon is beaming White as blossoms on the bough Nothing is heard but the song of a bird Filling all the air with dreaming Would my heart but still it's beating Only you can tell it how, beloved From your window give me greeting I swear my eternal love ********************************** LYRIC VARIATION: Overhead, the moon is beaming White as blossoms on the bough Nothing is heard but the song of a bird Filling all the air with dreaming Could my heart but still it's beating Only you can tell it how, beloved From your window give me greeting Hear my eternal vow Soft in the trees sighs the echo of my longing While all around you my dreams of rapture throng (Visions glowing around me thronging) My soul, my joy, my hope, my fear Your heart must tell you that I am near Lean from above while I pour out my love For you know through my life you are love'd Oh, hear my longing cry, oh, love me or I die Overhead, the moon is beaming White as blossoms on the bough Nothing is heard but the song of a bird Filling all the air with dreaming Could my heart but still it's beating Only you can tell it how, beloved From your window give me greeting I swear my eternal love (Contributed by Ferda Dolunay - January 2006) ****************************************** SERENADE (aka "Moonlight Serenade") As recorded by Mario Lanza for the 1954 film "The Student Prince" (Sigmund Romberg / Dorothy Donnelly / Nicholas Brodszky / Paul Francis Webster) Overhead, the moon is beaming White as blossoms on the bough Nothing is heard but the song of a bird Filling all the air with dreaming Could I hear this song forever Calling to my heart anew, my Darling While I drift along forever Lost in a dream of you I hear your voice in the wind that stirs the willows I see your face in the stars that shine above (Hold me closer, tonight we love) The willows bending, the stars that shine The shore lights blending, they're yours and mine Drifting along, in my heart there's a song And the song in my heart will not fade Oh, hear my serenade, my moonlight serenade (Love me) Overhead, the moon is beaming White as blossoms on the bough Nothing is heard but the song of a bird Filling all the air with dreaming Could this beauty last forever I would ask for nothing more, believe me Let this night but live forever Forever and ever more (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - January 2006) ***************************** TRIVIA: Based upon the original play "Alt Heidelberg" by Wilhelm Meyer-Förster, and the English translation, "Old Heidelberg" by Rudolf Bleichman , this story is sometimes known as "The Student Prince In Old Heidelberg", as was the silent 1927 film version of the story.