When the Moon Shines Down Upon the Mountain. Dalhart, Vernon; and Carson Robison. That Good Old Country Town, Old Homestead OHCS 198, LP (1990), trk . 3. When the Music Is Gone - Callier, Terry. When the Rain Tumbles Down in July - Dusty, Slim. Wositzky, Jan; and Dobe Newton (e., Bushwackers Australian Song Bo, O'Donovan, Sof (1994/1978), P107.
Swipe left for record clip! The flip side of the August 1927 Columbia record of Golden Slippers includes the Vernon Dalhart ballad When the Moon Shines Down Upon the Mountain. The musicians appear to be the same as on the reverse, with fiddle, banjo, guitar, whistling, and Jew’s harp. The song was also recorded for release on multiple budget labels, but it’s a slightly different version we won’t play again.
The title track, ‘When The Moon Shines Bright’ is a relentless, hypnotic rollercoaster of a song written by Vince Lee all about the effects of the full moon on humanity and the animal kingdom. Written as an observation of all the crazy things and strange situations that occur on a full moo. grinding de-tuned guitar riff drives the groove while chanted lyrics deal with Insanity, jealousy, sexual tension, violence and greed.
But in the mountain tops, far from the eyes of cops, Oh how the moon shines on the moonshine, so merrily! Goodness me, how misery doubles, Ain't one thing to use for bubbles, Or to drive awy your troubles, For the tide has gone and went. Days and nights are getting bleaker, shivering for an old-time sneaker, Even water's getting weaker, 'Bout one tenth of one per cent. How sad and still tonight, by the old distillery, And how the Monas moan, at the Lager brewery. So, mister, if you please, Don't let nobody sneeze, Up where the moon shines On the moonshine, so sillily.
Indianapolis: Seidel Music, 1915.
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- Banjo [Uncredited] – John Cali
- Fiddle [Uncredited] – Adelyne Hood
- Guitar [Uncredited] – Carson Robison
- Vocals, Harmonica, Jew's Harp – V. Dalhart*
NotesDubbed from Edison Records disc matrix [E] 11874-A, recorded on September 7, 1927 in New York, NY.
Also released on Edison Records 52095.
Adelyne Hood credit listed as "probable", but she is not credited in the Edison files.