I first heard the song Moon River in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's when I was a young child. I’ve loved it ever since. According to my mother, Breakfast at Tiffany’s was the first movie she took me to—I was four years old. An odd choice for a first movie—I think a Disney movie may have been my second one. But I imagine she really want to see it and didn’t have a babysitter or something. The movie was on TV the other night and I watched it again. I had forgotten that Audrey Hepburn sits on the fire escape and plays the song on the guitar. This inspired me to search for a ukulele version.
I found a nice ukulele version of Moon River (with tab) by Al Wood of Ukulele Hunt (a treasure trove website of ukulele news, resources, and so on). It’s an easy chord melody version. A video of him playing the song is below.
The lyrics to the song were written by Johnny Mercer (it was composed by Henry Mancini) and when I was visiting Savannah, Georgia, with my family we went to see the inlet near the city renamed Moon River in honor of him and the song. We happened to visit Moon River at night during a full moon, when moon's reflection created a band of light, "wider than a mile," across the river. I had an ah-ha moment—it was a moon river indeed. I live near a river, the Hudson River, and enjoy moon river evenings by this river as well.
Playing fingerstyle ukulele, with information about the songs and where to find the ukulele tablature so that you can play these songs yourself.