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Be the Change

from Summer's Voice by Arlon Bennett

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A US top ten song on folk radio in 2007 and a Music2Life finalist in 2006. I applied it to my own life and every song I have ever written is a result of 'being the change'.



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

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


It’s the pull of a lever
It’s the sound of your voice
It’s now or never
It’s a choice



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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