Fan Favorites (compilation)

by Arlon Bennett

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To a songwriter, every song is like a child and it is hard to choose favorites, But, I do understand that fans can be choosier. This is a collection of most requested and often performed songs.. a 'Greatest Hits' if you will.

If you think a song of mine is missing here, let me know. The contents of this list is up to you!

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released April 1, 2010

All songs written my Arlon Bennett

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Arlon Bennett New York

Arlon Bennett; Daddy, Eagle Scout, baseball connoisseur, and all-around Renaissance guy with Tuscan roots, is an Americana songsmith writing songs that recall Harry Chapin and vintage James Taylor, but with an eloquence and honesty all his own. A home-made guitarist with a self-effacing style, he has a gift of storytelling from the heart that reveals the gold nuggets in the river of everyday life. ... more

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Track Name: Be the Change
SONG LYRICS

A woman stepped on the bus
like any one of us
After a hard workin’ day
She walked halfway back
To a seat marked for blacks
and took her place
She was someone who
Really understood
How a law could be a crime
When she wouldn’t give her seat
to a white man on his feet
yea, it was time to

CHORUS
Be the change you want to see around you
Be the right in a world of wrong
Be the one, the one to make a difference
Be the change
Be the change

Many years before
Another place another war
In a struggle to be free
A wise barefoot man
had his own plan
To fight the enemy
He said it makes no sense
To use violence
As a means to an end
We must rise above
What they would do to us
Or we become like them

CHORUS

It’s the pull of a lever
It’s the sound of your voice
It’s now or never
It’s a choice
To,

CHORUS
Track Name: Bandana Man
SONG LYRICS

He rolled in off the highway like a dog without a home
Bandanas 'round his head on wheels of faded chrome
Pumpin’ gas he told me how his life had changed
The war was on in Saigon when they called his name

CHORUS
Bandana man
Wears a red one for the fallen
White for where they’ve gone
Blue for how he feels
Though he don’t know you
He'll stop long enough to tell you
Nothin’ wipes the tears away like a bandana can

His story goes he was shootin’ from a hole
Far cry from all those times huntin’ deer back home
In a flash from a blast his best friend was gone
He put his bandana over the face of a mother’s only son

CHORUS

He came home with honor came home with pride
came home with a hollow heart and a hitch in his stride
Started up that Harley and heard the callin’ of the road
I offered up my best salute and watched him go

CHORUS
Track Name: See You in Savannah
SONG LYRICS

I never found love in a drive-in movie
I never found love in a magazine
I never found love with some back street fluzie
and if you’re one then you know what I mean…

But there's a jewel spared the fire
shining through the willow trees
where to ever see that look in your eyes
is to find the love that’s long awaited me…
and I’ll see you in Savannah!

I looked for love at the end of a lonely highway
I looked for love at a church bazaar
I came close once on a crowded subway
but she was a he and we didn't get far

But there's a jewel spared the fire
where the sweetest peaches grow
where to ever see that look in your eyes
is to taste the sweetest peach, I know…
and I'll see you in Savannah!

There's a jewel spared the fire
where the river steamers glide
where to ever see that look in your eyes
is to ‘up and ready for the ride…
Just to see you in Savannah!

I never found love in a drive-in movie
I never found love in a magazine
I never found love with some back street fluzie
If you’re one then you know what I mean…

But there's a jewel spared the fire
shining through the willow trees
where to ever see that look in your eyes
is to find the love that’s long awaited me…
And so I’ll see you in Savannah!
Track Name: Summer's Voice
SONG LYRICS

The radio booth is silent where the jets pass overhead
a million grownups say their childhood is dead
there were times I listened to every word he said
ahhh... was summer’s voice

The hometown uncle I never had
brought the gift of baseball since I was a lad
always sounding good even when my team was bad
ahhh... was summer’s voice

CHORUS
Summer’s voice was sweet in the car or on the beach
painting yet another game
and it was automatic
to want to listen through the static
just to hear his play by play
so much more than a pastime score
ahhhh... was summer’s voice

Late summer nights when I was ten years old
We’d play the Dodgers on the west coast
and underneath my pillow with the radio playing low
ahhh... was summer’s voice

CHORUS

So here’s the happy recap to a life well spent
I hope you fastened your seatbelt at the very end
’cause now you’re doing games for Casey,
Gil, and all the rest
ahh... was summer’s voice
there it goes!
ahh... was summer’s voice
Track Name: The Watch Man
SONG LYRICS

A lonely and restless child
in ragged clothes and running wild
along the shops on the boulevard
there were empty faces who disregarded me

As one of just a countless few
who roamed the streets and the avenues
dreaming under storefront awnings
shooed away in the morning’s light

And on one gray and rainy day
before I could run away
a man who fixes clocks and watches
softly said it’s time to come inside

I followed him reluctantly
through a doorway never meant for kids like me
Then amidst the sounds of passing time
I read a tattered sign on the wall that said

CHORUS
Love is patient
love is kind
In these two hands I hold you ‘till the end of time
watching you…
with each tick of my heart…
with every moving part
I’m watching you…

He offered something warm to drink
As I sipped I couldn’t think
then, sounding like a song you sing
He said "wait I have just one more thing for you"

He reached behind some dusty clocks
and inside a little box
was a pocket watch with perfect time
He told me that it was mine to keep
And inscribed not to small to ignore
were the very words I saw before

CHORUS

I think of him every now and then
the watch man I never saw again
now with two kids of my own
I know that I was not alone at all…

And sometimes on a taxi ride
or when I call the kids inside
I gaze down to my open hand
and the face that helps me understand it all

CHORUS
Track Name: Red Light Kiss
SONG LYRICS

You said yes!
I hung up the phone
Threw on my shades
and a dab of cologne
They say the third date
makes it or breaks it so
I grabbed my keys n' hit the road

Knocked on your door
you were looking fine
Top down jumped in for a ride
A block away got stuck at a light
You leaned over to my surprise

CHORUS
I got a red light kiss
I got a red light kiss
I got a red light kiss
I got the green light with you

Well it took me a minute to recover
Somebody honked and said
“move it brother”
I hit the gas and burned rubber
Wasn't long 'till I got another

CHORUS

I used to be the one speeding by
in a rush to beat the light
Now I'm an easygoing fellow
I hit the brakes when the light turns yellow

CHORUS

I got a red light kiss
I got a red light kiss
Track Name: In Shannon's Eyes
SONG LYRICS

On dear Ireland I was
with nigh one reason I could find
there but only just because
to look into Shannon's eyes

and so they gaze upon mine own
and all the while I wonder how
'cause I thought I'd never know
the way I feel right now

CHORUS
When I look into Shannon's eyes
down her roads and merry ways
through the meadows and the sties
I hear the happy cries of the children where they play
When I look into Shannon's eyes
I know I'll never look away…


When I look into Shannon's eyes
I know I'll never look away…

On dear Ireland I was
with nigh one reason I could find
there but only just because
to look into Shannon's eyes…
Track Name: Just Like Them
SONG LYRICS

He holds her hand
She holds his too
walking the sidewalk
just like me and you
Her hair is gray
His are few
For so many years they’ve seen
a promise through
They take their time
With forever on their side
and I hope we will be
just like them
just like them

They say hello
We say hi
Suddenly
an hour’s gone by
She was a nurse
He fought in the war
Tellin’ us about
the way life was before
In times less crazed
but how some things never change
And I hope we will be
just like them
just like them

Just like them
Braggin’ ’bout the kids
Just like Him
Takin’ care when she got sick
Just like when
He lost his job and she helped out
Just like them
Ain’t that what love is all about?

She says it’s late
It's time to go
We hate to miss our
favorite TV show
As they walk away
I hear him say
Do you remember when we used to be
just like them
Track Name: Where the Goodbyes Go
SONG LYRICS

I wonder
Yes I wonder
Oh I wonder
Where the goodbyes go
I wonder what I may never know
Where the goodbyes go

If I knew
If I knew
If I knew where to find the goodbye I said to you
I'd pay a visit and say let’s forget it
And start anew

So I wonder
Yes I wonder
Oh I wonder
Where the goodbyes go
I wonder what I may never know
Where the goodbyes go

Maybe they’re all down at Casey’s pub
Tippin’ a few to the way it was
Some raise a toast to that first time hello
Where the goodbyes go

My tank is full
Engine’s idling low
Left is where I left you babe
Right is a dead end road
So I’ll drive straight on
As far as I can go
Oh where the goodbyes go
Oh where the goodbyes go
Track Name: I am the War
SONG LYRICS

I have seen the scattered legions of battle weary men
breaking ranks from burning tanks
who never go home again
I have been declared
on parchments of gold
yet taken lives while leaving wives
with their stories still untold

I'm the price
for being free
to be all that
you can be
tie a ribbon
'round the old oak tree
remember me
I am the war

I have raped the local high school
and cleared the general store
just when you think I'm over
I come running back for more
I have carved my niche’ on headstones
and left footprints in parades
once we’ve met you don't forget
the memory never fades

I take but
don't give back
In every park
I leave a plaque
I never call
when I come back
always in black
I am the war

So you say you want a revolution?
now that's a special deal!
just find a cause and take a pause
before your final meal
I can be civil
and I’ve been around the world
and left my bloody legacy
on every flag that is unfurled

Oh I don't care
who is to blame
I just load and
take my aim
and if you never
heard my name
always the same
I am the war

Oh yes it’s me
in flesh and blood
I never get enough
I beg for more
I have rung the tolling bell
and been sung by troubadours
don't be shocked if when you knock
that I meet you at the door

Oh, I've seen the
few the proud
not afraid to
cry out loud
I stand out
in a crowd
under a shroud

And if you wonder
why the thunder
and the fire never cease
just ask peace
I am the war