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The Watch Man

by Arlon Bennett

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SONG LYRICS I never found love in a drive-in movie I never found love in a magazine I never found love with some back street fluzie and if you’re one then you know what I mean… But there's a jewel spared the fire shining through the willow trees where to ever see that look in your eyes is to find the love that’s long awaited me… and I’ll see you in Savannah! I looked for love at the end of a lonely highway I looked for love at a church bazaar I came close once on a crowded subway but she was a he and we didn't get far But there's a jewel spared the fire where the sweetest peaches grow where to ever see that look in your eyes is to taste the sweetest peach, I know… and I'll see you in Savannah! There's a jewel spared the fire where the river steamers glide where to ever see that look in your eyes is to ‘up and ready for the ride… Just to see you in Savannah! I never found love in a drive-in movie I never found love in a magazine I never found love with some back street fluzie If you’re one then you know what I mean… But there's a jewel spared the fire shining through the willow trees where to ever see that look in your eyes is to find the love that’s long awaited me… And so I’ll see you in Savannah!
So are you 03:24
SONG LYRICS I was afraid of my shadow that followed in the light, only finding comfort in the middle of the night I was afraid of my shadow that followed everywhere and when I tried to stop it I'd see nothing there Nothing there that I could see hiding somewhere inside of me Oh and just when I finally knew my fear was gone but so are you So the fire burned inside me with every exit blocked except a single door that was always locked I used a key to your heart to unlock the door now on the other side I'm not afraid… I’m not afraid anymore! Anymore I'm not afraid I opened the door and then I prayed oh and just when I made it through, my fear was gone but so are you and one day you'll find the words you were afraid to say that I've never heard and just then you’ll realize your fear is gone but so am I
The Watch Man (free) 04:51
SONG LYRICS A lonely and restless child in ragged clothes and running wild along the shops on the boulevard there were empty faces who disregarded me As one of just a countless few who roamed the streets and the avenues dreaming under storefront awnings shooed away in the morning’s light And on one gray and rainy day before I could run away a man who fixes clocks and watches softly said it’s time to come inside I followed him reluctantly through a doorway never meant for kids like me Then amidst the sounds of passing time I read a tattered sign on the wall that said CHORUS Love is patient love is kind In these two hands I hold you ‘till the end of time watching you… with each tick of my heart… with every moving part I’m watching you… He offered something warm to drink As I sipped I couldn’t think then, sounding like a song you sing He said "wait I have just one more thing for you" He reached behind some dusty clocks and inside a little box was a pocket watch with perfect time He told me that it was mine to keep And inscribed not to small to ignore were the very words I saw before CHORUS I think of him every now and then the watch man I never saw again now with two kids of my own I know that I was not alone at all… And sometimes on a taxi ride or when I call the kids inside I gaze down to my open hand and the face that helps me understand it all CHORUS
7 Days 03:20
SONG LYRICS It was a rush I had no time to make the Earth, the heavens and all mankind I had a plan so unique Be it for better or for worse, but I only had a week just 7 days, 7 days, 7 days So I started working on day and night threw in a sky of blue and some clouds of white I raised the mountains and poured the seas made the soil dark for growing and I planted all the trees in 7 days, in 7 days, just 7 days CHORUS Oh 7 days Don’t you know what makes the summer breezes blow? Oh 7 days Can you see that nothing ever happens accidentally, no no Then I took it easy for a day I lit the sun and every star in the Milky Way and by late that afternoon I gave the Earth a little sister and called her the moon I put the fishes in the seas made all the animal species including “creepy crawly things you would not believe…” no no… CHORUS And finally then I made the one In my own image and I knew my work had just begun I took a break on my estate proud of all I did create In 7 days In 7 days, 7 days… CHORUS …My Lord
SONG LYRICS It's only a word something you heard Something you've seen something you learned it’s something you said 4 letters in red it's what you sign in a card to a friend it's only a sound a verb or a noun take it to heart before you spread it around only a Word that's Love only a word Go and look it up if you don’t believe me there in black and white in so many meanings but none can describe the feelings…no no.. that’s for the language of the soul ‘cause CHORUS I can play the game anytime I want to just add the love between the I and the you but that doesn’t mean that I love you, no no that’s for the language of the soul ‘cause CHORUS
SONG LYRICS Reach inside your mind and find the dream you thought about for a long, long time and climb the mountain that you always said you could the one you always said you would Reach inside your pocket and find the change you said that you’d always make.. and take the chances that you’ve been afraid to take fear will be your worst mistake CHORUS Don’t turn back now Don’t turn back now Dreams are there for the making (That’s what’s it’s all about) Don’t turn back now Stars are there for the taking If you can see through the clouds, now Reach inside your heart and find the peace you lost when it broke apart And start to play the games that children often do there’s still a child in you… And who else you gonna rely on? and who else will make it so? There’s that one dream to keep your eye on.. 'til you do you’ll never know, so.. Reach up on the shelf among the dust up there you might find yourself and leave the fingerprints that others just might find just decide that now's the time… CHORUS
Ocean Cowboy 06:03
SONG LYRICS If there’s one thing I know ‘bout this island it’s long on land and long on loneliness if I could ever get past the guarded beaches this is one place I know I’ll never miss and the summer crowds they roll in like the tides do and September sends them back the way they came leaving bottles smashed in drunken disappointment yet they come back here the next year with no shame and me I’m just the local ocean cowboy they wave at my boat and think I got it made they see the freedom and adventure but their eyes are blinded by the shade ‘cause working on the waves ain’t so easy and the winters don’t forgive my way of life but once in a while I get a little lucky when the man who sells the bait lets me inside CHORUS that’s me the local ocean cowboy in this one boat town where the ferries rule the bay I wish I could tell my mother that I made it ‘cause my ship comes in every day so living on this salty splintered vessel with a cat who eats ‘bout half of what I earn and when I step off onto the dry land the seagulls always call me to return ‘cause they know me better than I know myself and accept me in their mean and dirty lives but they will always have it over me they have wings to fly …away…. CHORUS so the summer crowds they roll in like the tides do I drop my nets and play the waiting game they eat more than I can feed them I despise and need them just the same so if you ever take that journey from the inlet to that shining fire light that’s me there in the distance bobbing in the wake you leave behind CHORUS Everyday, I make it and I don’t know any other way
SONG LYRICS my name is Angela and I’m seventeen years old named for an angel who brought me that long ago but my wings have long since broken over things still left unspoken when my father took to drinking and my mother gave up thinking and since then… CHORUS Have you seen me? in a picture on the wall… do you miss me? in the silence when you call my name oh I know I can’t forget you and I know the world won’t let you forget me… have you seen me at all…? my name is Anthony and I’m this many fingers old I don’t know right from wrong I never do what I am told and I wandered off with another boy to play with some other toys they found him in tears that day but for me it’s three years in May and I’d say… CHORUS I am in your every thought and every dream I am everywhere you look have you seen… me? CHORUS
SONG LYRICS There’s amazing grace in this little face as we rock-a-bye It’s just me and you little boy blue and elephants in the sky As I draw the curtain closed There surrounded in your tiny clothes, I can see a reflection of me It’s a crazy world above your curls with rockets to the moon Life’s not fair and daddy’s stare you’ll learn all too soon As I close the story book and turn around to take another look, I can see a reflection of me Forbidden trees and falling leaves Broken hearts and bloody knees I will see a reflection of me
SONG LYRICS I’d like to know what ever happened to I want to be an astronaut? and go for a rocket shot into outer space What ever happened to I want to be an astronaut? I wouldn’t weigh a lot with a smile upon my face! But I can see stars on my TV where I can float in my own virtual reality what ever happened to I want to be an astronaut guess I just forgot that I could fly to another place I’d like to know what ever happened to I want to be the president? run the establishment in a fair and honest way what ever happened to I want to be the president? and see that taxes are wisely spent each and every day But that’s responsibility and why should I care about anyone else but me? what ever happened to I want to be the president? It got lost on the internet, you wouldn’t respect me anyway This is what I’d like to know can anybody tell me where the old I-wanna-be’s all go? I’d like to know! what ever happened to I want to be a scientist? and study how we exist on this ball of blue what ever happened to I want to be a scientist? maybe a physicist and study each and every clue… But I’d have to get my Ph.D and have you seen my scores on the SAT? What ever happened to I want to be a scientist? I guessed it’s what I missed on my way to school What ever happened to…
I am the War 04:59
SONG LYRICS I have seen the scattered legions of battle weary men breaking ranks from burning tanks who never go home again I have been declared on parchments of gold yet taken lives while leaving wives with their stories still untold I'm the price for being free to be all that you can be tie a ribbon 'round the old oak tree remember me I am the war I have raped the local high school and cleared the general store just when you think I'm over I come running back for more I have carved my niche’ on headstones and left footprints in parades once we’ve met you don't forget the memory never fades I take but don't give back In every park I leave a plaque I never call when I come back always in black I am the war So you say you want a revolution? now that's a special deal! just find a cause and take a pause before your final meal I can be civil and I’ve been around the world and left my bloody legacy on every flag that is unfurled Oh I don't care who is to blame I just load and take my aim and if you never heard my name always the same I am the war Oh yes it’s me in flesh and blood I never get enough I beg for more I have rung the tolling bell and been sung by troubadours don't be shocked if when you knock that I meet you at the door Oh, I've seen the few the proud not afraid to cry out loud I stand out in a crowd under a shroud And if you wonder why the thunder and the fire never cease just ask peace I am the war
He Sings 03:05
SONG LYRICS 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 CHORUS 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 CHORUS 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… CHORUS


The Watch Man is my second record, and it was a leap for me from my first record both in the songs and the production. I actually hired a producer (John Kurgan) to help me record and arrange it while trying to keep me off his back. Overall, I thought it came out pretty good for a Folk-Rock record. The title cut 'The Watch Man' is very often my closing song at concerts.

A DJ Quote about The Watch Man:

"Every decade or so, a voice appears on the folk music scene that makes you sit up and take notice. When that voice is paired with songs and lyrics that tell a story or sing of the human spirit, it is truly magical.. . That voice is Arlon Bennett..."
- Jane Falvey, The Kingston Coffeehouse, WRIU Kingston, RI 90.3 FM said..

Geez.. everytime I read that, I am humbled..


released September 1, 2001

Produced by John Kurgan and 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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