Moonlight on Vermont affected everybody
Even Mrs. Wooten well as Little Nitty
Even lifebuoy floatin’
With his lil’ pistol showin’
‘n his lil’ pistol totin’
Well that goes t’ show you what uh moon can do
No more bridge from Tuesday t’ Friday
Everybody’s gone high society
Hope lost his head ‘n got off on alligators
Somebodies leavin’ peanuts on the curbins
For uh white elephant escaped from the zoo with love
Goes t’ show you what uh moon can do
Moonlight on Vermont
Well it did it for Lifebuoy
And it did it t’ you
And it did it t’ zoo
And it can do it for me
And it can do it for you
Moonlight on Vermont
Gimme dat ole time religion
Gimme dat ole time religion
Don’t gimme no affliction
Dat ole time religion is good enough for me
Uh it’s good enough for you
Well come out t’ show dem
Come out t’ show dem (repeat five times)
Gimme dat ole time religion (repeat)
It’s good enough for me
Without yer new affliction
Don’t need yer new restrictions
Gimme dat ole time religion
It’s good enough for me
Moonlight on Vermont


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"Moonlight On Vermont" as written by Don Van Vliet

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  • +3
    General CommentI've always wondered if the "old time religion" refers to pre-christian (pagan) religion where the moon was considered a deity (moon goddess). Perhaps he is lamenting the restrictions of Christianity.

    Maybe I've been reading too much Robert Graves!
    moikon February 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAs well as the old song, I always thought it was referring to Vermont Canyon, which is in Griffith Park right next to the LA Zoo. And when the Beef's talking 'bout old-time religion, I'm pretty sure it's older than Christianity.
    futatoriuson August 30, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Old Time Religion" is an old gospel song... Maybe, Captain Beefheart did choose to modify the meaning, I don't know. But those lyrics are from a traditional Christian song, not from Beefheart's imagination. Perhaps they're meant to be ironic?
    infamous branmuffinon April 11, 2008   Link
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    General Commentinfamous branmuffin - I completely understand that "Old Time Religion" is a gospel song - I think Granny Clampett used to sing it on Beverly Hillbillies. I should have mentioned that. Something like this:
    +++++++++++++


    Tis the old time religion....
    Tis the....old time religion....
    Tis the old time religion.....
    And, it's good enough for me........

    Verse One:

    It was good for our mothers.......
    It was good for our mothers....
    It was good for our mothers..........
    It's good enough for me......

    The Chorus:

    Give me that old time religion....
    Give me that....old time religion....
    O give me that old time religion.....
    It's good enough for me........

    Verse Two:

    Makes me love everybody..........
    Makes me love everybody..........
    Makes me love everybody..........
    It's good enough for me................

    Verse Three:

    It will do when I am dying.......
    It will do when I am dying.......
    It will do when I am dying.......
    It's good enough for me................

    Verse Four:

    It will take us all to Heaven...
    It will take us all to Heaven....
    It will take us all to Heaven....
    It's good enough for me................

    +++++++++++++

    okay - what I was saying is perhaps CB is referring to a TRULY old time religion that predates Christianity - you know - very old pre-christian European pagan moon worship.

    There are several lines that suggest abandoning current strict uptight Christian mores and maybe revert back to pagan days where sex might be part of a the religious celebration. One example:

    Without yer new affliction
    Don't need yer new restrictions


    +++++++

    just a thought.
    moikon December 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhoo this is my favorite song off this record,
    it's a parody of "Moonlight in Vermont"
    elmedioon April 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgimme that old time religion
    gimme that old time religion
    if it's good enough for Jesus
    it's good enough for me.

    Can't think where that song comes from, apart from the obvious revivalist tents.
    patchwork caton August 22, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Old Time Religion" is an old gospel song... Maybe, Captain Beefheart did choose to modify the meaning, I don't know. But those lyrics are from a traditional Christian song, not from Beefheart's imagination. Perhaps they're meant to be ironic?
    infamous branmuffinon April 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't want this modern religion
    redrobinhoodon October 19, 2011   Link
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    General CommentWas TALKING TO JONNY & SIOUXSIE abouT the DAYS OF GOOD REvivinG .
    menTIONED THE TIME OF LAPSED REmemory. THAT WAS ZAPPAquest.
    MIGHTY BEHEMOTH.
    exobscuraon April 19, 2014   Link

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