NIGHT OVER SHANGHAI
from "The Singing Marine" 1937 film
Harry Warren (m) Johnny Mercer (l) 1937
as recorded by Artie Shaw & his Orchestra
(vocal - Helen Forrest)
November 29th 1938
also recorded by Lennie Hayton & his Orchestra
(vocal - Paul Barry) '37
Night over Shanghai, moon on the rise,
Pale yellow faces with sad old eyes.
Night over Shanghai, lips painted red
Smile from the window, just overhead.
Oh, where are the dreams gone up in smoke?
Where are the dream birds who never awoke?
They're gone like the driftwood, gone out of sight,
In the darkness, over Shanghai, in the night.
(Transcribed by Peter Akers - February 2013)