Oh Clitheroe!

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I am bedazzled by the names of some British towns. This is one of them where a friend of mine hails from. I have never been there, but you would think I was.


There was little ‘cept the name that gave the town its fame
When Clithe married Roe you know, its never been the same
With a castle on a hill while the Ribble turned the mill
Sunday mornin’ churchbells ring and you could hear the townsfolk sing...

Clitheroe-Oh Clitheroe!
Why she left we’ll never know
this market town and fields of green...
River Ribble to the sea
Clitheroe-Oh Clitheroe!
She just said she had to go
Left her friends and family
to journey across the sea____

On a patchwork of green, like a quilt you’ve never seen
Found a piece to call their own and grew their family
First a house then a home that rattled when the train’s light shone
But nev'er the girls awoke as silently Clithe spoke...


Sarah, young Sarah, only eighteen and some
tousled hair and not a care left kid sis with dad and mum
and Annie and Molly Yorkshire mix and full bred collie
curled on her empty bed as silently Roe said....



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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