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“Moon river” by Henry Mancini

“Moon River” is a song composed by Henry Mancini with the lyrics written and sung by Johnny Mercer. The song was recored in 1960 and released in October 1961. Mercer had written the song for Audrey Hepburn for her to perform in the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This romantic song was a change from the rock and jazz music that surrounded it. It is a song that represents what love looks like through rose colored glasses. Robert wright wrote in The Atlantic Monthly, “This is a love song to wanderlust. Or a romantic song in which the romantic partner is the idea of romance.” Johnny Mercer lived in Savannah Georgia and his hometown was named Moon River in honor of him and this song.

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