Soing Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: Bonnie Guitar, “Dark Moon”

Jim gave us “clear/light/dark” as today’s prompt, and I knew which song I wanted to do…

I did a Two For Tuesday series in the early days of the blog of people with whom I shared a birthday (March 25). I already knew about Elton John, Jeff Healey, and Aretha Franklin, but I was stuck on the fourth. I consulted The Blogger’s Best Friend ™, and it gave me the name of Bonnie Guitar (born Bonnie Buckingham). I had never heard of her, so I went on and read the article, and knew she was worth talking about. She was a singer, songwriter, guitarist (thus the choice of her stage name), businesswoman, and a horse and cattle breeder. She was primarily a country singer, but a few of her records crossed over onto the pop charts, including this one. “Dark Moon” was written by country singer Ned Miller, and Bonnie released her version of it in March 1957. It peaked at #14 on the Country chart, but rose all the way to #6 on the Hot 100, making her one of the first crossover artists,

The lyrics are from Genius.com:

Dark moon
Away up high up in the sky
Oh, tell me why, oh, tell me why
You’ve lost your splendor

Dark moon, what is the cause
Your light withdraws
Is it because, is it because
I’ve lost my love?

Mortals have dreams
Of love’s perfect schemes
But they don’t realize
That love will sometimes bring a

Dark moon
Away up high up in the sky
Oh, tell me why, oh, tell me why
You’ve lost your splendor

Dark moon, what is the cause
Your light withdraws
Is it because, is it because
I’ve lost my love?

Mortals have dreams
Of love’s perfect schemes
But they don’t realize
That love will sometimes bring a

Dark moon
Away up high up in the sky
Oh, tell me why, oh, tell me why
You’ve lost your splendor

Dark moon, what is the cause
Your light withdraws
Is it because, is it because
I’ve lost my love?

And that’s Song Lyric Sunady and Song of the Day for August 16, 2020.

21 thoughts on “Soing Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: Bonnie Guitar, “Dark Moon”

  1. Wonderful song choice this week! She had a Patsy Cline sound to her, maybe not as strong of a voice, but still a reminder of the time. She even kinda looks like her. Love it! πŸ™‚

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    1. She does sound a bit like Patsy Cline, but as you said not quite as strong a voice. I would have liked to hear Patsy do this, or maybe someone like k. d. lang, who sounded like Patsy.

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    1. I’ve listened to a few of her songs, and they’re all great. There’s plenty of her on YouTube and she’s out on Spotify as well.Β She just had the one hit, which is a shame. She officially retired in 1996, but kept playing until she died last year at the ripe old age of 95…

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