God and Country



Transcript of a portion of the Ray Norman  interview with Vaughn Monroe from "Getting Sentimental," a WOBN radio program aired on August 1, 1970 from Tom's River, New Jersey, regarding Vaughn's recording of the song "Deck of Cards."


"Just Another Parishioner" Journal entry by Jon T. Melick




The Songs

A Wonderful Time Up There

Battle Hymn of the Republic

Deck of Cards

Do You Know Where God Lives

God Is Alive


He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

I Believe

In the Garden

It Is No Secret

Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho

Just a Closer Walk with Thee

Precious Memories


The Great American Dream

The Holy Bible

The Ten Commandments

There'll be Peace in the Valley

This Is My Country

This Ole House

Valley Forge

Whispering Hope

Yield Not to Temptation

The Prayer at Valley Forge




I ADMIT that I've taken some liberties with this page, but I felt it was an important part of the reflection of the man. I noticed, for instance, the songs recorded by Vaughn Monroe that speak of a love of God and Country. It is encouraging to me to hear Vaughn's recordings of these songs, which speak of a Christian faith.



St. Mary's Episcopal Church

Stuart, FL



The Sacred Romance is the title of a book by Brent Curtis and John Eldredge. Several excerpts are included here because of the connection that can be drawn between the truths that Brent and John express in their book, and the elements of the Sacred Romance that to me are present in the music and stories sung, acted and otherwise communicated through the work of Vaughn Monroe.


"Indeed, if we will listen, a Sacred Romance calls to us through our heart every moment of our lives. It whispers to us on the wind, invites us through the laughter of good friends, reaches out to us through the touch of someone we love. We've heard it in our favorite music...been drawn to it while watching the shimmer of a sunset on the ocean. The romance is even present in times of great personal suffering... Something calls to us through experiences like these and rouses an inconsolable longing deep within our heart, wakening in us a yearning for intimacy, beauty, and adventure...And the voice that calls to us in this place is none other than the voice of God."


Claire Schwartz, 2001



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"A Song Will Outlive All Sermons In The Memory"

(from Vaughn's "Deck of Cards" album)