Song Name: Benny Brown

Songwriter: Terry Penney

Copyright: 2008

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Lyrics:

Benny Brown


I was just passing through that town one afternoon
When I saw him smiling at me from the road
A picture on a stone in a graveyard overgrown
The name as I looked down was Benny Brown

Ninety years ago he set out from the coast
Off to fight the war to end all wars
How his Momma must have cried saying farewell to her child
As she wrapped her arms around Benny Brown

Oh, Benny Brown came from a little town
Left cattlefield for battlefield to go fight for the crown
He was just twenty-one at the Battle of the Somme
When the Germans cut him down Benny Brown

Well, they gathered at the front in the early morning sun
A regiment made up of island boys
Standing hip to hip every bayonet was fixed
As they waited for the dreaded whistle's noise

They went over the top under the jack
Knowing bloody well that they might never make it back
And it was long before my time still I'm overcome with pride
How could they lay their young lives down

Oh, Benny Brown came from a little town
Left cattlefield for battlefield to go fight for the crown
He was just twenty-one at the Battle of the Somme
When the Germans cut him down Benny Brown

Well, the telegram arrived said we lost him in the drive
Ma'am rest assured your boy fought brave and well
The day they laid him low his face was to the foe
The British Empire is proud of Benny Brown

He went over the top under the jack
Knowing bloody well that they might never make it back
And it was long before my time still I'm overcome with pride
How could they lay their young lives down

Oh, Benny Brown came from a little town
Left cattlefield for battlefield to go fight for the crown
He was just twenty-one so when every July comes
Let the drums and bugles sound for Benny Brown


[Dedicated to Bertram Brown, Royal Newfoundland Regiment, WWI]