Music Challenge #32: “Moon River” sung by Audrey Hepburn #musicchallenge #amwriting #MLMM

This week’s song is an ionic song performed by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and various singers since. Frank Sinatra sings it, and there are some fascinating modern remixes. However, Hepburn’s version of “Moon River,” as the song is written for her character, is not easily outdone. Neither is Hepburn’s grace and elegance as an actress (and person).

The late Amy Winehouse, however, performed a jazzy upbeat version of “Moon River” at only 16years old, if you’re searching for a recent version sung well.


Moon a River” sung by Audrey Hepburn (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

Moon River” sung by Amy Winehouse

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a 1961 American rom-com film loosely based on Truman Capote’s 1958 novella also titled, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The movie stared Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, and featured many other notable actors. It was originally released on screen, October 5, 1961.

Hepburn’s portrayal of Holly Golightly as a naïve and eccentric socialite, is one her most beloved and well-known roles. Hepburn regarded her part as a challenging because she was an introvert acting as an extroverted character.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s was loved by audiences and won two Academy Awards: Best Original Score and Best Original Song for “Moon River,” which was also selected as the 4th most memorable songs in Hollywood history by the American Film Institute. The movie was nominated for three other Academy Awards such as Best Actress for Audrey Hepburn.

Mercer and Mancini wrote “Moon River” for Hepburn to sing in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The lyrics were written by Mercer and are reminiscent of his childhood in Savannah, Georgia, including its rivers. As a young boy, Mercer picked huckleberries in summer, and connected them with a carefree childhood and Twain’s novel, Huckleberry Finn.

Although an instrumental version is played in the movie’s intro, the lyrics are first heard in the scene where Paul “Fred” Varjak (Peppard) finds Holly Golightly (Hepburn) singing, and accompanying herself on the guitar sitting on the fire escape.

Credit: Sherez A – Fine Art America

Use “Moon River” sung by Audrey Hepburn or Amy Winehouse, for inspiration to any form of creative expression (including but not limited to short stories, poems, lyrics, artwork, photography, (etc.).

Alternatively, if you are a musician, use this as an opportunity to showcase your own work.

What do the lyrics inspire in you? Did you enjoy ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ or do you have memories about the film are “Moon River?”Are you a fan of Audrey Hepburn for either her acting or philanthropic work? Would you use it as wedding song, or have you been at a wedding where a new couple danced to this tune?

You can always use pieces of the lyrics to inspire you. Any creative form goes, within reason.

Moon River” Sung by Audrey Hepburn


Moon river, wider than a mile

I’m crossin’ you in style some day

Old dream maker, you heartbreaker

Wherever you’re goin’, I’m goin’ your way


Two drifters, off to see the world

There’s such a lot of world to see

We’re after the same rainbow’s end, waitin’ ’round the bend

My huckleberry friend, Moon River, and me

[instrumental-first verse]


Two drifters, off to see the world

There’s such a lot of world to see

We’re after the same rainbow’s end, waitin’ ’round the bend

My huckleberry friend, Moon River, and me


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©MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie. July 27, 2018.


  1. I love the original but I am quite obsessed with Amy’s cover too. And she’s on my mind, given that it has been seven years since her passing on 23 July – so I based my compact verse on her and the cover.

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