Summer's Voice

by Arlon Bennett

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Summer's Voice is my third record, and I am really proud of it! I tracked it at Bayou Recording in Nashville, Tennessee during March/April of 2007, and did the vocals and mixed it at Ampersand Records in Bridgewater, NJ that Summer. It is really quite a diverse group of songs but knit together with a folk-rock production reminiscent of the early seventies. The wonderful Amy Speace joins me on several tracks too.

Hal Selzer, of Aquarian Weekly gave 'Summer's Voice', Top 10 record of the year (2007)

Check out this review from FAME: www.acousticmusic.com/fame/p04187.htm

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released March 1, 2007

All Music and Lyrics by Arlon Bennett except 'Straight A's in Love' by Johnny Cash

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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: Forgive Me
LYRICS

You walked into the room
with your nose up in the air
looking right on through me
like I wasn’t even there
I said honey can’t we make up
and get over this little spat
but when you turned away
I was afraid you would act like that
They say a savior died long time ago
for all that we do wrong, yea
if he can why can’t you...

CHORUS
Forgive me
I’m beggin’ please
Forgive me
Don’t make me get on my knees
Forgive me
Please
Just give me
some measure of dignity

They say sorry s’pposed to be the word
I’m so sorry that I hurt you
believe me when I ask you to

CHORUS

And if you will not say hello
and I will not say goodbye
then there’s only one thing
left to try so I never go

CHORUS

They say a savior died long time ago
for all that we do wrong, yea
if he can so can you
What's forgivin’ for...give me...
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: 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: 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: 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: Straight A's in Love
LYRICS

Well a readin’ and a writin’ and ’rithmetic never did get through to me
It ain’t because I’m square or thick cause I learned my ABC’s
But when I graduated from the grammar school and I moved one grade above
I began to be a snook at books but I made straight A’s in love

CHORUS

Now the teacher would say to learn your algebray but I’d bring home C’s and D’s
How could I make an A when there’s a swingin’ maid
On the left and on the right and in the back and the front of me
Oh my grades are low on my card I know but they oughta give me one above
If they gave me a mark for learnin’ in the dark I’d have straight A’s in love

Now my senior year with graduation near I did my home work every night
And when my mama said I oughta go to bed I’d turn out all the lights
But my sweetie pie was waitin’ right outside she’d be a cooin’ like a dove
Though I did my best, I failed some test but I made straight A’s in love

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Track Name: Small Body Blonde
SONG LYRICS

Got a call from the Music Box it was my ’ole buddy Joe
said he’s got a small body blonde that I’ve just got to know
He says she’s slim and sexy and gentle to the touch
and easy to play my friend and she don’t complain too much

CHORUS
She’s a small body blondie, She does it low she does it loud
small body blondie, She wears a G-string proud
small body blondie act fast ’fore she’s gone, mmm...small body blonde

So I went over right away and Joe introduced me
went into a small back room where she seduced me
I took off her leather strap and let be what may
when I put her on my lap you could hear us a mile away

CHORUS

I started at her head and moved down her neck
to her shoulders where I told her how I love your
bottom end
Then I knew that I found my match
So what if she’s dumb as wood and comes with
strings attached!

Well that’s the way it happened, just the way I said,
The day I found myself a new best friend
She’s always ready in the back seat of my car
I find a place open the case and play that guitar!

CHORUS
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: Fender Bender Baby
LYRICS

Found myself a fender bender baby
driving home one day
I admit to bein’ lazy
when I didn’t look both ways

She got out of her sporty coupe
I got out of my Chevrolet
I ran to her rescue
she asked if I’m Ok

CHORUS
Ever since our bumpers kissed
I felt something I had missed
showed her it was just a dent
you could say we met by accident

So I laughed with a fender bender baby
she flashed a smile
I thought well just maybe...
When I asked whatcha doin tonight?

CHORUS
’cause ever since our bumpers kissed
I felt something I had missed
took her out to the amusement park
cotton candy corn dogs the bumper cars...

So I courted a fender bender baby
With no regrets
all my friends thought I was crazy
to propose where we met

And that’s just what I did
on a Sunday morning drive
she never knew what hit
When I asked her to be my bride

CHORUS
’Cause ever since our bumpers kissed
I felt something I had missed
Where a crash became a crush
now there’s gonna be three of us

Found myself a fender bender baby...
Track Name: Even if You Never Said a Prayer
LYRICS

You never know when he’ll take you
it’s out of your control
when the one who made you
says it’s time to come back home

It might be on a mountain high
or walkin’ down the street
or underneath your porch light
as you turn the key

CHORUS
But it don’t mean he don’t love you
it don’t mean he don’t care
he’s made a place above you
even if you never said a prayer

It might be a footnote
or a headline in the news
or the solemn surgeon
saying there’s nothing he can do

It has nothing to do with justice
your guilt or innocence
the reasons are just his
not ours to comprehend

CHORUS

So have or have not
the doorbell always rings
if it seems before your time
he’d say there’s no such thing

CHORUS
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: Be the Change (band mix)
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,

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