GONE TO THE MOON
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(Starts at 0.04) Sung by Richard after learning his best friend, Bob White, had died in the Port Chicago explosion.  Sung melody is mainly in the piano.

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Richard Rendleman and Bob White

GONE TO THE MOON, LYRICS

(0:08) AS WE DANCED THE NIGHT BENEATH THE STARS,
AND WE HAD NO IDEA MEN WOULD BE DYING,
THEN THE NIGHT TIME SKY BECAME A FIRE-FILLED COLUMN,
AND GOOD MEN NEVER SAID GOODBYE.

(0:35) (short piano line)
 

(0:42) WHY CAN I STAND WHILE THEY'RE DYING?
HERE'S AN ARM,

THERE'S A LEG,

WHY AM I HERE?


(0:55) BOB, MY FRIEND HAS GONE TO THE MOON,
SEE 'YA SOON.
WHY AM I HERE?

WHY IS BOB THERE?

THIS IS NO FAIR.

(1:21) (short sax interlude)

(1:35) FRIENDS I KNEW AND BOYS I LED,
NOW LIE HERE AMONG THE DEAD.
EVEN SOME SURVIVORS MAY WISH THAT THEY WERE GONE.

WHY AM I HERE?
WHY IS BOB THERE?

(2:06) (sax interlude)

(melody in oboe)

(2:32) AS WE DANCED THE NIGHT AMONG THE STARS,


(2:39) (short flute line)

(melody in oboe and bassoon)
(2:47) BOB MY FRIEND HAS GONE TO THE MOON.
I WILL SEE YOU SOON.