He Sings

from by Arlon Bennett

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Most of my influences are in this song in ways only you ears will know. I did a quick live version of this song and ‘hid’ it on 'The Watch Man' CD as a special treat for those who listen about a minute after the last song.



Well he sits or he stands
by himself or with a band
he holds a wooden box
full of stories in his hands

Sometimes he's on a barstool
and somtimes he's on the stage
given to old love ballads
or protest songs of rage

He sings about cats and cradles
and time in bottles
and answers blowin' in the wind
He's seen fire and rain
climbed aboard the Peace Train
on the way to be back home again..

To some he's a just singer
to others a poet laureate
and to some he's just a traveling bum
they could just as soon forget

But there are those who understand
the secret to the man
who makes the choice to give his voice
and heart upon demand


He's sworn to save the land
the oceans and the air
he's sworn to feed the hungry
and the homeless in despair..

But in the absence of a cause
he's blinded by the lights
and humbled by applause
there but for fortune may go I…



from The Watch Man, track released September 1, 2001
Music & Lyrics by Arlon Bennett (though I borrowed some from the greats!)


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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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