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The Watch Man

from The Watch Man by Arlon Bennett

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Is someone always watching over us? Certainly for the child in the song and hopefully for the rest of us. I think I channeled this song from The Watch Man himself.



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

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


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



from The Watch Man, track released September 1, 2001
Music & Lyrics by Arlon Bennett


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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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