Interesting how certain towns get associated with certain singers: Moon River/Savannah: I Left My Heart In San Fransico/Tony Bennett: New York New York/Frank Sinatra; It's A Wonderful Day In the Neighborhood/Mr. RogersDo you know??? If you do enlighten us.... okay?
The Savanah River. Johnny Mercer, the lyricist, was a native of Savanah.
For the words, he went to Mercer, who throughout his career penned the lyrics for more than 1,500 songs. Although many might have thought Manhattan-based Golightly was referring to the Hudson River in New York, the song was actually inspired by the waterways of a Southern city. Mercer wrote the chorus recalling the his childhood home in Burnside Island, Savannah, Georgia, which overlooked Back River, explains Savannah Now. The working title, "Blue River," was adjusted when he realized the title was already taken. A year after the film's release, the Chatham County Commission dubbed a section of the Back River "Moon River".