So I guess the obvious song to start with is Moon River, written by Johnny Mercer (lyrics) and Henry Mancini (music) in 1961and sung by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Moon River also won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Moon river, wider than a mile
I’m crossin’ you in style, some day
Old dream maker, you heartbreaker
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.
My favorite line in the song is My Huckleberry Friend so I went looking for the meaning. Some people thought that huckleberry was a reference to Huckleberry Hound – in the movie Paul wears a cartoon mask of a dog, but not Huckleberry Hound. Others think the reference is to Huckleberry Finn who drifted down the Mississippi on a raft. This one sounds like it could be true. Is the Moon River really the Mississippi River?
But according to Mercer, as a child he and his friends would pick huckleberries along the river, so Huckleberry Friend refers to his old, childhood friends. I can remember having friends like that and wish I had a special name for them. So I have decided that they are my Huckleberry Friends too. In fact I think all my good friends are now my Huckleberry Friends!
Moon River has been recorded by Ben E. King, Jerry Vale, Percy Faith, Steve Lawrence, Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, Cassandra Wilson, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Morrisey, R.E.M., Willie Nelson, Eva Cassidy, and many, many others.
Anwar Robinson from American Idol season 4 did an excellent job.
Anwar Robinson – American idol Season 4
Ysabellabrave – My favorite – Double Click to Open in YouTube
Audrey Hepburn – The original
Here’s a great Moon River site with over 100 versions (Real Player and mp3s) of Moon River. Which is your favorite? What is the song about? Did you see the movie?