Plainfield Historical Society
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Plainfield, VT 05667


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The Plainfield, Vermont Song

Written and Performed by Ben Koenig


A true part of Plainfield's history, the Plainfield, Vermont Song reflects the breadth of Plainfield's life, history and nature. It was composed by Plainfield resident Ben Koenig, proprietor of The Country Bookshop in Plainfield.

Below is a recording of Ben singing the Plainfield, Vermont Song. Enjoy!



The Plainfield, Vermont Song
by Ben Koenig


Plainfield, Vermont, is not too plain to me;
Plainfield, Vermont, there's lots to do and see.
Climb up Spruce, watch a moose,
Fish the Winooski.
That's why Plainfield is not too plain to me.
That's why Plainfield is not too plain to me.


Some of us were born right here in Plainfield,
Some of us came here from far away,
But all of us are living here in Plainfield,
It's a place people choose to come and stay.
We've got pizza & a college & a co-op.
With a health center, fields & farms & friends;
And now that our Opera House is going again
The music and the songs will never end….  (chorus)


March means we'll meet for our Town Meeting
As we've been doing so for two hundred years.
We all sit with our neighbors at the meeting
And we laugh, shout and sometimes we shed tears.
You'll see brave volunteers from Fire and Rescue,
And a woman who became a Select-Man;
We vote money for our roads (or we vote to save the toads)
But we blame the Selectmen when we can…. (chorus)


In Winter we shovel out our driveways,
In Summer our Farmers' Market thrives,
In Spring all the mud's back in our driveways
But in Fall the gorgeous leaves enrich our lives.
We have visitors admiring our lifestyle
And our maple syrup taste inspires awe;
We've got antiques being sold and if the truth be told
We've also got a great bookstore…. (chorus)

If you're looking for a lawyer or a tree farm
If a bed and breakfast you might need to sleep;
If a locally supported radio station turns you on
Or you fall in love with horses, cows or sheep.
If you need some yarns for knitting or for tall tales,
Or you have to pick some berries you might want,
You'll no longer need to frown, come and join us in our town
We're the best-kept secret in Central Vermont… (chorus)