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Missing rhyme puzzle: "By the Light of the Silvery Moon"

This song was written in 1909, an era of songwriting that seems nostalgic. Many of the lyrics of that time use the same rhymes, over and over again. They liked to talk about lovers courting at night, by the light of the moon, and often featured a set of words that rhymed with "moon."

As a clue, I'm going to list a number of words that rhyme with "moon." Some of them appear in the song and some do not. This list does not include all of the puzzle words.


A boon is a benefit. "The trade winds were a boon to sailors in the age of sail."

To croon is to sing quietly. "In the old days, singers needed to project their voices to be heard in an auditorium. But in the 1930s and 1940s, singers discovered that they could to croon into a microphone."

goon is a rough person who has been hired to beat someone up or scare them. 

June is the sixth month of the year.

A loon is a large diving bird, famous for a mysterious cry like a person laughing.

Noon is the middle of the day, 12:00 hours.

To spoon is an outdated expression from a century ago, meaning courtship behavior like hugging, kissing, and perhaps sometimes more.

Each underbar is to be replaced by a single letter. I am showing the rhyming parts of each word.


By the light of the silvery _oon,

I want to _ _oon, to my honey I'll _ _oon love's _une,

Honeymoon keep a-shining in _une,

Your silv'ry beams will bring love dreams, we'll be cuddling _oon,

By the silvery moon.

I've chosen a YouTube video sung by a "barbershop quartet." Barbershop is an American folk style, originally developed by African-American singers, then revived by white singers in the late 1930s. It is sung by an unaccompanied male quartet, singing very precisely tuned chords that create a "ringing" quality. Barbershop emphasizes songs from the early 1900s that contain simple chords that "ring" well.

The song begins at about 00:09.

2016年9月3日 21:39
Comments · 5
No, I don't. Interesting. Maybe British barbershop repertoire is different from the U.S.! I certainly know "Sweet Adeline," of course. I sang bass in a barbershop chorus for about fifteen years but never was really good enough for a quartet.

Ohh that's really a nice song indeed:)But there were 4 of the same person changing only the mustache style:)

I found the tune really nice and got the words easily.

Here are they--







Am I right @Dan??

Thank you for such a nice song:)


I love barber shop songs!  Do you know "Eveline" and "A thousand times no"?  

I remember the film "By the light of the silvery moon".  I must have watched it several times as a child.  I have a vivid memory of the lovelorn Clarence singing his own composition at the piano.

That was short but I like the song "a capella" when they are song by many people but there are no instruments. The lyrics though were not easy! I would not have got them if you had not given the explanation of some words, I doubt of one after listening to the song. Thank you Dan! :)

By the light of the silvery Moon,

I want to SPoon, to my honey I'll _oon love's Tune,

Honeymoon keep a-shining in Tune,

Your silv'ry beams will bring love dreams, we'll be cuddling Soon,

By the silvery moon.

Dan Smith
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