Moon River - Henry Mancini
Song Lyrics, Chart History, Song Information

  • Written by Henry Mancini (music), & Johnny Mercer (lyrics) in 1961
  • Mercer & Mancini won the Academy Award for "Best Original Song" for Moon River in 1961
  • Henry Mancini (born 4/16/24 died 6/14/94) was nominated for a total of 74 Grammy Awards in his lifetime, & won 20
  • He also was nominated for 18 Academy Awards, winning four
  • Lyricist Johnny Mercer (born 11/18/09 died 6/25/76) was equally productive, scoring 19 Academy Award nominations and winning four
  • The lyricist of over 1000 songs, in '71 Mercer was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
  • Moon River was included in the film "Breakfast At Tiffany's" starring a young Audrey Hepburn
  • Two versions of the song reached the Billboard Top 40 charts in 1961, one by by Mancini himself and one by by Jerry Butler
  • Both versions of the song peaked at #11, within one month of each other
  • Mancini's version was on the Billboard Top40 charts for 16 weeks, and was the second of his 7 Top 40 hits as a performer
  • R&B singer Jerry Butler (born 12/8/39) saw his version of the song on the Top 40 chart for 11  weeks
  • It was the 5th of 16 Top 40 hits for Butler
  • The most popular vocal version of Moon River never charted.  Recorded by Andy Williams, also in 1961, it later became his signature theme song
  • A very popular waltz for weddings for father / daughter dance or mother / son dance or other parent dances, and even for use as a first dance number

An excerpt from a live Oracle Band performance of this song is available as both a streaming RealAudio format, or as a higher quality downloadable MP3.  Select the version you'd prefer.

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Moon River - Song Lyrics

Moon river, wider than a mile,
I'm crossing you in style, some day.

Old dream maker, you heart breaker,
Wherever you're goin', I'm goin' your way.

Two drifters, off to see the world,
There's such a lot of world, to see.

We're after the same rainbow's end,
Waitin' 'round the bend,
My Huckleberry friend, moon river,
And me

Note that the lyrics posted here are those as interpreted and performed by The Oracle Band. In a few cases we have taken some liberties with the lyrics to make them more appropriate for tasteful gatherings. Their use here is intended as an aid for people in selecting music for their wedding reception or private party, and may not be reproduced for any commercial, for-profit use.

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