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Summer's Voice

by Arlon Bennett

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1.
Forgive Me 03:28
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...
2.
Bandana Man (free) 04:25
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
3.
Be the Change (free) 03:34
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
Straight A's in Love (free) 02:23
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 CHORUS
7.
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
8.
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
9.
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...
10.
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
11.
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
12.
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

about

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; 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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