Havana Moon
Chuck Berry Lyrics


Havana moon, Havana moon
Me all alone with jug of rum
Me stand and wait for boat to come
It's long the night, it's quiet the dock
The boat she late since twelve o'clock
Me watch the tide easin' in
Is low the moon, but high the wind

Havana moon, Havana moon
Me all alone, me open the rum
It's long the wait for boat to come
American girl come back to me
We'll sail away across the sea
We'll dock in New York, the buildings high
We'll find a home up in the sky

Havana moon, Havana moon
Me still alone, me sip on the rum
Me wonder when the boat she come
To bring me love, ow! Sweet little thing
She rock and roll, she dance and sing
She hold me tight, she touch me lips
Me eyes they close, me heart she flip

Havana moon, Havana moon
But still alone, me drinkin' the rum
Begin to think the boat no come
American girl, she tell a lie
She say till then, she mean goodbye

Havana moon, Havana moon
Me lay down alone, was good the rum
Me fall asleep, the boat she come
The girl she look till come the dawn
She weep and cry, "Return for home"
The whistle blow, me open me eyes
Was bright the sun, was blue the sky
Me grab me shoes, me jump and run
Me see the boat head for horizon
Havana moon, is gone the rum
The boat she sail, me love she gone
Havana moon, Havana moon, Havana

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Written by: Chuck Berry

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

Garfield Farkle

@Larry Hall Moving the goal posts is now the name of the game?
Incorrect if you go to the roots. Initially, the most prominent instrument in rock and roll was the saxophone.
Time to move the goal posts again?!

I was there.
Latter-day revisionism just won't work on me.
Being there provides the context you lack - what everyone else was doing and what people were listening to.
A look at record sales, highest point reached and length of time on the Billboard charts show Chuck just wasn't listened to that much, even if we filter out the non-rock performers like Paul Anka, Pat Boone, Perry Como, Sam Cooke and the Platters who all dwarfed Chuck Berry on the charts.
Let's look at some examples of rock and roll performers with top 20 hits from the Billboard Hot 100 in the 50s. The numbers given are for individual songs and the highest point they reached on the charts:

Chuck Berry: .............. 5 ... 5 ... 8 ... 2 ... 8 ... 18
Coasters ................... 18 ... 5 ... 1 ... 2 ... 9 ... 7
B. Haley/Comets ...... 12 ... 11 ... 1 ... 18 ... 15 ... 20 ... 6
Crew Cuts ................... 8 ... 8 ... 14 ... 16 ...10 ... 13 ... 20
Everly Brothers ........... 2 ... 1 ... 1 ... 2 ... 10 ... 2 ... 16 ...4 ... 7
Elvis Presley ............... 1 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... 1 ... 6 ... 2 ... 1 ... 1 ... 1 ... 8 ... 3 ... 2 ... 8 ... 4 ... 2 ... 4 ... 1 .. 12 ... 1

Remember, that's just the 50s.
In the 60s, Chuck had 2 top 20 hits that reached number 10 and 14 on the U.S. charts.
The Elvis juggernaut continued with 29 more top 20 hits, including 16 top 10 hits and 7 number ones in the 60s.
It's even worse when we include the UK charts, where some performers like Little Richard and Chubby Checker had many hits that were not released in the U.S.
I am only omitting UK chart performance to save space.

You've probably never even heard of Ricky Nelson.
He was a monster back then. He had 16 top 20 songs between May 1957 and December 1959.

Chuck Berry's influence can be seen in British performers who covered his tunes, but it can be argued that Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Buddy Holly and Elvis had just as much influence on them.

Nobody came close to E in taking rock and roll from a regional novelty to a global detonation that continues to reverberate today.
Elvis led the way back then.

You're letting your personal taste warp your opinion on the impact Chuck Berry had.
He was kinda like The Velvets, Iggy or the Ramones - great music, but few listened to him at the time compared to his contemporaries.



Egnaldo Santos

Havana moon, Havana moon
Me all alone with jug of rum
Me stand and wait for boat to come
Is long de night, is quiet de dark
De boat she late, it's twelve o'clock
Me watch de tide easing in
Is low de moon but high de wind
Havana moon, Havana moon

Me all alone, me open de rum
Is long de wait for boat to come
American girl come back to me
We'll sail away across de sea
We'll dock in New York
De building's high
We find a home in de sky
Havana moon, Havana moon

Me still alone, me sip de rum
Me wonder when de boat she come
To bring me love, oh sweet little thing
She rock 'n' roll, she dance and sing
She hold me tight, she touch me lips
Me eyes they close, me heart she flip
Havana moon, Havana moon

But still alone me drinking de rum
Begin to think de boat no come
American girl she tell a lie
She say "Till then," she mean "Goodbye"
Havana moon, Havana moon

Me lay down alone, was good de rum
Me fall asleep, de boat she come
De girl she look till come de dawn
She weep and cry, return for home
De whistle blow, me open me eyes
Was bright de sun, was blue de sky
Me grab me shoes, me jump and run
Me see de boat head for horizon
Havana moon, is gone de rum

De boat she sail, my love she gone
Havana moon, Havana moon
Havana moon, Havana moon



All comments from YouTube:

Larrymh07

In my world, Chuck Berry is The King of Rock'nRoll.

Larry Hall

@Garfield Farkle I salute your knowledge and passion! I do have a thing for Chuck Berry for reasons stated, but I'm not all that adamant about the title.
I was once in an Elvis impersonator band and thought he was a bit played out but you're quite correct as far as influence, sales, etc.
I didn't mean for our discussion to get heated and enjoy the corresponding.
I'm only 63 but had 2 older sisters, soy knowledge is colored by that.
Actually, I do remember Ricky Nelson! Sisters had some of his music around, too. We lost him too soon. Are his twin son's still performing?

Garfield Farkle

@Larry Hall Moving the goal posts is now the name of the game?
Incorrect if you go to the roots. Initially, the most prominent instrument in rock and roll was the saxophone.
Time to move the goal posts again?!

I was there.
Latter-day revisionism just won't work on me.
Being there provides the context you lack - what everyone else was doing and what people were listening to.
A look at record sales, highest point reached and length of time on the Billboard charts show Chuck just wasn't listened to that much, even if we filter out the non-rock performers like Paul Anka, Pat Boone, Perry Como, Sam Cooke and the Platters who all dwarfed Chuck Berry on the charts.
Let's look at some examples of rock and roll performers with top 20 hits from the Billboard Hot 100 in the 50s. The numbers given are for individual songs and the highest point they reached on the charts:

Chuck Berry: .............. 5 ... 5 ... 8 ... 2 ... 8 ... 18
Coasters ................... 18 ... 5 ... 1 ... 2 ... 9 ... 7
B. Haley/Comets ...... 12 ... 11 ... 1 ... 18 ... 15 ... 20 ... 6
Crew Cuts ................... 8 ... 8 ... 14 ... 16 ...10 ... 13 ... 20
Everly Brothers ........... 2 ... 1 ... 1 ... 2 ... 10 ... 2 ... 16 ...4 ... 7
Elvis Presley ............... 1 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... 1 ... 6 ... 2 ... 1 ... 1 ... 1 ... 8 ... 3 ... 2 ... 8 ... 4 ... 2 ... 4 ... 1 .. 12 ... 1

Remember, that's just the 50s.
In the 60s, Chuck had 2 top 20 hits that reached number 10 and 14 on the U.S. charts.
The Elvis juggernaut continued with 29 more top 20 hits, including 16 top 10 hits and 7 number ones in the 60s.
It's even worse when we include the UK charts, where some performers like Little Richard and Chubby Checker had many hits that were not released in the U.S.
I am only omitting UK chart performance to save space.

You've probably never even heard of Ricky Nelson.
He was a monster back then. He had 16 top 20 songs between May 1957 and December 1959.

Chuck Berry's influence can be seen in British performers who covered his tunes, but it can be argued that Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Buddy Holly and Elvis had just as much influence on them.

Nobody came close to E in taking rock and roll from a regional novelty to a global detonation that continues to reverberate today.
Elvis led the way back then.

You're letting your personal taste warp your opinion on the impact Chuck Berry had.
He was kinda like The Velvets, Iggy or the Ramones - great music, but few listened to him at the time compared to his contemporaries.

Larry Hall

@Garfield Farkle Hmmm....no. Ya gotta be a guitar player.😉

Garfield Farkle

@Larry Hall Your standards would rank Little Richard above Chuck.

Larry Hall

@Garfield Farkle Nevertheless, it was Chuck not Elvis who wrote songs that gave rock music it's distinction. That is, he had a talent for remembering adolescent mindset and giving voice to that mindset. Elvis was iconic but didn't actually write songs and only did a negligible amount of guitar playing. But the music industry and people in general are more drawn to symbols, icons and pretenders than they are substance.

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Justin Zarling

not only revolutionary with the electric guitar, but also a topnotch song writer.

Teh Gundulf

@Saucy1125 Calvin Klein*

Joseph Collins

The original came out in 1957 by Chuck Berry from his "After School Session" LP (his first LP). It was re-recorded for his 1979 LP "Rock It". And yes, Chuck wrote the song. The song was also an inspiration for the late Richard Berry to write "Louie Louie", after hearing the song along with "El Loco Cha Cha" by Ricky Rillera.

Gary McGuigan

No, Chuck re wrote Havana Moon from Nat King Cole's Calypso Boy

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