Michael Feingold Does Carousel, in Honor of the Vermont Legislature


This is the original.

Another Turn on Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel,

in Honor of the Vermont State Legislature

by Michael Feingold


with sincere apologies to Oscar Hammerstein II

(Tune: “When I Marry Mr. Snow”)


The state is called Vermont

Kinda small but it’s fresh and green

They’ve got mountains and lakes, and the folks aren’t fakes

And the sky is the bluest ever seen.

It’s just the state we want

Where a gal and a gal can pair

Where a guy and a guy can look up at the sky

While they think of the life they’re gonna share.

The first time I went there, I wasn’t so sure:

They were civil, but that’s all they were

But then they spoke up in the legislay-choor

And I swooned till my mind’s now a blur.

They voted on the bill

But the Gov’nor said, “No, sirree!”

So they said, “Hey, Gov’nor, you’re out of step,

“We think that this bill’s pretty hot,

“And if you say, Gov’nor, you won’t get hep,

“We will override you like a shot.”

That afternoon they passed it,

At one hundred to forty-nine,

And now all I can see

Is just you and me

Standin’ in that reception line!


When we marry in Vermont

The cows’ll all be grinnin’ like they’re sayin’ “Cheese,”

We’ll dangle sprigs o’ lavender from all the trees,

When we marry in Vermont.

We can marry whom we want!

There won’t be any fussin’ over gender roles

So long as it’s the vow of two devoted souls

Who could call it an affront?

You’ll carry me ‘cross the threshold

Then I’ll do the same thing for you

Then we’ll stand there sorta numb

Lookin’ sweet and dumb,

Thinkin’, “Is this really true?”

Scared as any dilettante

We’ll tiptoe off to bed where we can have a ball

But first we’ll hang our license on the bedroom wall

‘Cause we’re legal in Vermont

A state that’s free

Where liberty

Tells bigotry:

“Don’t tread on me!”

That’s why we love Vermont!

Parody lyrics Copyright © 2009 by Michael Feingold. All Rights Reserved.