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Bandana Man

from Summer's Voice by Arlon Bennett

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A Vietnam veteran on his motorcycle tells his story at a gas station - all because he can.



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

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


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



from Summer's Voice, track released March 1, 2007
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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