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I've had this melody stuck in my head for some time now, and I can't remember the song's name. Neither can I remember any lyrics, so it'll be a bit more difficult to identify.

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This is essentially the melody I remember. (Yes, the 6 is totally wrong for noting the triplet but I had difficulties explaining to my computer what a triplet is).

Some other information:

  • It was in a book with collection of songs that I don't have access to anymore, somewhere next to Moon River and Fly Me To The Moon.
  • It might actually be called something with moon, but I'm uncertain.
  • It definitely was more like a campfire song (and in this book it was a version for soprano, alto and bass).
  • It might actually have dealt with campfire, the scenario might have been a guy sitting on one campfire looking over to another campfire were his love was sitting and singing about that during nighttime.
  • It's definitely not pop or rock.
  • It is not "Oh when the saints", despite the first bars sounding a bit similar.

I have went through this list of 50 campfire songs and it's not on there.

  • I do have the midi file as well, if that helps, but I don't know how to share it... – Narusan May 30 '18 at 18:45
  • You could post the music file to Dropbox or Soundcloud, perhaps. – jtheletter May 30 '18 at 23:41
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I'm taking a punt here, but I think How high the Moon

I've never sung it round a campfire, but I guess there is the moon in the lyric.

  • Yes, it is! The arrangement I was looking at was way different though (not jazzy, a very slow, somber version, like 60 bpm). The verse is pretty much the melody I transcribed, I'm surprised how close I got. But honestly, I don't know where the campfire came from. It definitely wasn't a jazz rendition, this is what I still remember for sure. // Out of curiosity: Did you know the tune, or was there a way that I could have found this? – Narusan May 30 '18 at 21:34
  • It is a distinctive tune, tbh. There's not an obvious connection to campfires. It is a jazz standard, and popular in its time so may have been included for that reason.On the other hand it was also popular with musicians who came later like the beboppers, on account of of its unusual harmonies (they keep slipping back onto blue/flattened notes). – Angst May 30 '18 at 21:40

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