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Around The Sun: Swing Me In The Moonlight Again

Alan Pack was searching for the music of 'Swing me in the moonlight' when I came across an Open Writing page (April, 2007) concerning the song. This was the only reference he could find to the song on the Net.

Gill Besant was asking if anyone had come across the song which she learnt from her father.

"I also got it from my father but the words that I knew were slightly different from the ones she quoted,'' says Alan.

Here are the words which Alan learned.

Swing me in the moonlight,
In the moonlight to-night
Swing high, swing low.
Swing me over the apple tree Joe.
Don't wait for a spoon dear
There's a bright moon overhead.
I'll pay you Joe the kisses I owe
When the moon has gone to bed.

And here is Jill's original request for information.

"What a delight, reading The Melody Lingers On column in Open Writing. It prompted me to wonder if anyone has heard of the following song. My father sang it to me when I was a little girl as he swung me in his arms before putting me to bed. I have yet to meet someone who has heard it.

Subsequently I sang it to my three children, and I now sing it to my grandchildren. They love it and readily join in. Adults who hear it think it is a delightful song - despite my singing.

It goes as follows:

Swing me in the moonlight,
In the moonlight Joe
Swing high, swing low.
Swing me over the apple tree Joe.
Don't wait for a spoon Joe
There's a lovely moon o'erhead.
I'll pay you Joe the kisses I owe
When the moon has gone to bed.

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