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Published on Oct 24, 2010
"Moonlight in Vermont" is a popular song about the U.S. state of Vermont, written by John Blackburn and Karl Suessdorf and published in 1943.
The lyrics are very unusual for an American pop song of the 1940s, because they do not rhyme and are impersonal, focusing mostly on the sensory appeal of the Vermont countryside while alluding briefly to romance. The lyrics are also metrically subtle—each verse (not counting the bridge) is a haiku. The song is considered an unofficial state song of Vermont and is frequently played as the first dance song at Vermont wedding receptions.
Frank Sinatra: What I'm trying to say is that when you're sad, there's a song that does your crying for you and when the tension of daily life kind of ties knots in your spirit why, a song can be a tranquilizer -- your quiet pill. Yes, sir, bless the musician because without him a great darkness would come over the land. Our emotions would fold their tents and silently steal away.