The lyrics are unusual in that they do not rhyme. John Blackburn, the lyricist, has been quoted as saying, "After completing the first 12 bars of the lyric, I realized there was no rhyme and then said to Karl, 'Let’s follow the pattern of no rhyme throughout the song. It seemed right.'" The lyrics are also unconventional in that 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. It was first introduced by Margaret Whiting in a 1944 recording, and has been covered by numerous other artists over the years. (Captain Beefheart's song "Moonlight on Vermont", on his 1969 album Trout Mask Replica, is unrelated.)
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
Telegraph cables, how they sing down the highway And they travel each bend in the road People who meet in this romantic setting Are so hypnotized by the lovely... Ev'ning summer breeze Sweet warbling of a meadowlark Moonlight in Vermont Moonlight in Vermont Moonlight in Vermont