Dainty Little Moonbeams
Words & Music:
Girls in kimonos, shy little flowers
Smiling from beneath their parasols
Dainty little moonbeams, delicate as China
Gentle little oriental dolls
, first released on
I love this as an intro to the outro of Girls! Girls! Girls!.
Pleasant intro lasting 57 seconds, harmless enough, but nothing more..
This isn't a real song and never will be a real song. This should've never even been considered for "Song Of The Day".
I really like the mood of this recording and the sound of Elvis' voice here. I think it's strange, though, that there is no composer's credit. It should be credited to "Leiber/Stoller" because as far as I can tell, the melody is that of "Girls! Girls! Girls!" - it's just a different tempo and the chords are adapted to create the fake-oriental mood needed in the respective scene in the movie. Thus it isn't an individual song at all, but a version of the movie's title track.
I remember buying the bootleg "Elvis Rocks and the Girls Roll" in the 80's were this song is on it. I liked it then and stil like it now,although it is short.21/2 stars. And wasn't this written by the famous duo Leiber/Stoller?
The only reason this one turned up on here is because it's Elvis singing it. Wouldn't happen for any other entertainer. That says how popular Elvis still is.
I think we have to understand the setting of this 'song'. I look at it as Elvis playing around with kids. A daily setting. Not to be taken seriously. Yes it did not contribute anything to his musical career. It was also not meant to be. If it would be Elvis visiting a fair privately and doing this with a bunch of kids, bystanders might say: how nice of this huge star. At least I would say so. So no big fuzz. A song? No way! Maybe Elvis liked this more that Old Mc Donalds!
Elvis voice was so beautiful on the Girls! Girls! Girls! soundtrack that it is always a nice listen in spite of the pretty average song material, except for Return to Sender and the title song of course. Dainty little moonbeams is not really a song but more some situational music recorded for the movie. Isn't it fantastic that Words & Music are not known, so they do not have to pay anyone for this which makes it amazing that RCA only released it after his death! Two stars for the 'song'.
If I had a Chinese restaurant, I would play this song there.
That great Elvis early 60's voice wasted yet again.
My first reaction was, remove it, but it's even better that some like 'Love Machine etc.
should be removed from the list. Not a real song at all.
It is hard to rate this "song" as it was just a bridge used before the song "Girls! Girls! Girls!" in the movie finale. That said I always liked the way this version of "Girls! Girls! Girls!" builds and it is a shame that DLM and this version of "Girls! Girls! Girls!" did not appear on the original soundtrack LP.
Was the more text to this?
Available Alternate Versions