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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Moonlight in Vermont

By John Blackburn & Karl Suessdorf
1943

A beautiful song about a beautiful state, "Moonlight in Vermont" was introduced by the incomparable Margaret Whiting. Rare for a pop song, it contains a subtle meter which features no end rhyming. Also, each stanza (not including the bridge) is structured as a haiku. It's considers the state's unofficial song, and is often played as the first dance at Vermont weddings.

Lyrics:

Pennies in a stream,
Falling leaves, a sycamore,
Moonlight in Vermont.

Icy finger-waves,
Ski trails on a mountainside,
Snowlight in Vermont.

Telegraph cables, they sing down the highway,
And travel each bend in the road.
People who meet in this romantic setting,
Are so hypnotized by the lovely...

Ev'ning summer breeze,
Warbling of a meadowlark,
Moonlight in Vermont.

Recorded By:

Jo Stafford
Frank Sinatra
Ray Charles
Willie Nelson
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

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