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“Why is The Moon Always Shining”

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Data Source
National Museum of American History
Description (Brief)
This sheet music for the song "Why Is the Moon Always Shining (When I Want to Love My Girl)" was written and composed by Mary E. Flynn, Stephen St. John and Frank Davis. The music was published by the Schenectady Music Publication Company of Schenectady, New York in 1922. The cover contains an illustration of a couple in a blue night canoodling under the moonlight of a winking moon. The cover also features a photograph of the Zita Orchestra on the bottom right, who “featured” the song in Albany, New York.
Currently not on view
Schenectady Music Publishers
Date made
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 12 in x 9 1/4 in; 30.48 cm x 23.495 cm
Object Name
sheet music
Object Type
Sheet Music
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Place Made
United States: New York, Schenectady