Legend of Culp's Hill

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A Gettysburg civil war song based on a true story. The battle sequence kicks butt as the nation gets its butt kicked.



The twinkle in Jessie’s eye told of Wesley his son,
Born and raised on this Pennsylvania farm...
And like his dad before him had ushered just the same
on a hill that bore the family name.

But Wesley, just seventeen and a rebel in his soul
left his plowshare to make the buggies roll.
And when his job moved south, he packed everything he had...
and at the bottom of the hill, Wesley listed to his dad....
and he said,

Son, I know that on a summer day
behind your blue eyes and trousers gray
you’ll be coming home to stay
you’ll be coming home to stay

So then began troubled times in a most uncivil war
a country divided into north and southern shore
Now twenty one, and still a rebel in his soul
He answered the call to join the southern cause

In the summer if ‘63 on orders from General Lee
to invade the north town where the five supply roads meet
Wesley packed his gun and rolled his soldier bed
and while he did he thought about what his father said
and he said…


When they marched on into town, he’d seen the place before
The silence of the wheatfield long before the cannon’s roar
And sister made his favorite shoo fly pie
tasting bittersweet when time to say goodbye.

Well the battle wore fierce and the Rock Creek flowed with blood
where Wesley learned to swim in a recent childhood
But when the smoke had cleared for the lucky and the lame
Wesley had fallen on the hill that bore his name
and the echo still refrained of…



from Fountain of Dreams, track released June 1, 1999
Music & Lyrics by 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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