A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from February 18, 2014
“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon”

"Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon” is a saying that has been printed on many posters. “The sky’s the limit” is an expression meaning that there is no limit. Footprints were first placed on the moon in 1969.

Canadian country music artist Paul Brandt wrote in “There’s a World Out There” (1999):

“There’s a world out there and I wanna be in it
I got a life and I’m gonna live it
Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit
There’s footprints on the moon.”



The Phrase Finder
The sky’s the limit
Meaning
There is no apparent limit.
Origin
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‘The sky’s the limit’ is much more recent. It originated at a time of optimism and progress - in the USA just before WWI. The earliest citation I can find is from the New York newspaper The Syracuse Herald, September 1911:

“Then good luck, and remember the sky’s the limit.”

OCLC WorldCat record
That’s the truth
Author: Paul Brandt
Publisher: New York : Reprise, 1999.
Edition/Format: Music CD : CD audio : Country music : English
Contents:
There’s a world out there (3:41)

CowboyLyrics.com
Paul Brandt - There’s A World Out There Lyrics
(...)
There’s a world out there and I wanna be in it
I got a life and I’m gonna live it
Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit
There’s footprints on the moon

Dawn...
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
“Don’t tell me the sky is the limit, there are footprints on the moon!”
I often took moon as a symbol for loneliness...as a kid I used to love to see the full moon with a tinch of orange and a smiling face...(may be a perception mine..)..!!! Beyond that..I never felt that I should even think about it as it really makes me think ...too deep smile

YouTube
Paul Brandt - There’s a World Out There.wmv
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Uploaded on Jan 22, 2010
The name of the song is “There’s a world out there.” from Paul Brandt’s album “That’s the Truth.” I believe the picture is the album cover.

Rap Genius
Logic – Young Sinatra II Lyrics
Track 14 on Young Sinatra
(2011)
(...)
How can sky be the limit when there’s footprints on the moon
(NOTE: This quote originally came from the song by Paul Brandt called there’s a world out there. The quote itself has become popular and used by many.)

Google Books
The Forex Mindset:
The Skills and Winning Attitude You Need for More Profitable Forex Trading

By Jared Martinez
New York, NY: McGraw Hill Professional
2011
Pg. 144:
I challenge them with the question, “If the sky is the limit, why then are there footprints on the moon?”

Posted by Barry Popik
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 • Permalink