Roll Along Kentucky Moon
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


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Where are you
Old moon of Kentucky?
There′s somebody lonesome and blue
With nothing it seems
But memories and dreams
Waiting to whisper to you

Day is done
And here am I
Alone, and you know why
Roll along, roll along
Kentucky moon
Shed a ray of silvery light
On the one I love tonight
Roll along, roll along
Kentucky moon

You were watching on high
As we whispered goodbye
'Twas a love dream that ended too soon
But wherever you may be
Go bring her back to me
Roll along, roll along
Kentucky moon

O-de-lay-ee-o o-lay-e-o, o-lay-ee

At dawning fond hopes come to cheer me
But twilight brings sorrows anew
And night finds me here
The world sad and drear
Sending this message to you

Day is done
And here am I
Alone, and you know why
Roll along, roll along
Kentucky moon
Shed a ray of silvery light
On the one I love tonight
Roll along, roll along
Kentucky moon

You were watching on high
As we whispered goodbye
′Twas a love dream that ended too soon
But wherever you may be
Go bring her back to me
Roll along, roll along
Kentucky moon





O-de-lay-ee-o o-lay-e-ay, o-lay-ee

Overall Meaning

"Roll Along Kentucky Moon" is a song sung by Jimmie Rodgers about a lover who is lonely and misses their partner. The song begins with the singer lamenting to the moon about their loneliness and asking where the old moon of Kentucky is. They want the moon to shed a ray of silvery light on the one they love tonight. The song's lyrics refer to the moon as a witness to previous conversations between the two lovers, and the singer wants the moon to bring her lover back. The chorus repeats the request of the singer asking the moon to bring their lover back to them.


The lyrics are melancholic, describing the singer's sadness and loneliness. The song is written in the traditional ballad form, using repetition and metaphorical language to convey emotion poetically. The song's arrangement is simple, featuring a guitar, mouth harp, and a basic drumbeat, providing a very rural sound. The use of yodeling in the verses adds an emotional depth of longing and sorrow that emphasizes the song's message.


Line by Line Meaning

Where are you Old moon of Kentucky?
Jimmie Rodgers wonders where the moon of Kentucky is and addresses it as 'old', suggesting that it is a familiar entity to him.


There's somebody lonesome and blue With nothing it seems But memories and dreams Waiting to whisper to you
He understands that someone is feeling lonely and missing somebody, and the only way to express their emotions is by talking to the moon.


Day is done And here am I Alone, and you know why Roll along, roll along Kentucky moon
As the day comes to an end, Jimmie reveals that he is feeling lonely because he is missing someone, and the moon which has been watching him understands why.


Shed a ray of silvery light On the one I love tonight Roll along, roll along Kentucky moon
Jimmie asks the moon to shine on the person he loves, hoping they can feel his love, and the moon listens and rolls along.


You were watching on high As we whispered goodbye 'Twas a love dream that ended too soon But wherever you may be Go bring her back to me Roll along, roll along Kentucky moon
Jimmie reminisces the time when he said goodbye to his loved one as the moon watched, as their love dream was ended too soon. He requests the moon to bring his love back to him, no matter where they are.


At dawning fond hopes come to cheer me But twilight brings sorrows anew And night finds me here The world sad and drear Sending this message to you
Jimmie highlights the sad reality of his existence, where hope during the day is replaced with sorrow at night, and his message is the one thing that keeps him going when everything seems to be falling apart.


O-de-lay-ee-o o-lay-e-o, o-lay-ee
This is a vocalization by Jimmie, expressing his emotions towards the moon as it rolls over Kentucky.




Writer(s): Bill Haley

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Comments from YouTube:

Judy Lear

I love this song!!!

Lynn Kanerva

I'm 58, and i heard this a lot growing up, and his other songs, even though we only had the one album of his. My oldest brother Mike likes Jimmie Rogers. I had to hear tis again after I watched the Country music program that has been on PBS.

Lynn Kanerva

Still better than what passes for music these days.

Matt Tenute

the late and the great Ross Johnston (my grandpa) covered this song for my family growing up. Past away about 15 years ago at the tender age of 87. Dam do I wish I recorded more of his guitar playing and singing.

John Jurkewicz

👍👍It so great 👍👍

Lawrence Chandler

i.am.58.i.have.some.78s.of.him.he.is.no.1.in.my.books

DG Mutt

He never recorded a bad song. He wrote the best.

Gunnar Anderson

His sister helped him write most- or just wrote them herself

Docterry

this song, and "Miss the Mississippi and You" were written by Bill Halley :) (Not to be confused with Bill Haley {with the Comets})

Edward Norris

DONT MAKE UM LIKE THIS NOW!!!

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