Carol Anne

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Penny Menze
2010-01-15
Penny Menze, Michael Shipley and Alan O'Bryant

Story

Back around 1996 or so. I was playing music in AZ with a Country Band called Loose Change. Yes.....Penny & The Loose Change Band.   The lead guitar player, Darin, and I had been friends for about 15 years, and we had played music together for about 7 of them.  Needles to say, we are pretty good friends and I know his character.   

This is the story...  Darin was telling me about a recurring dream he had, where he was a Confederate Soldier running through the woods, with a rifle.  He jumped over a fence and came face to face with a Union Soldier.  Both Darin and the Union Soldier drew their rifles. They stood there aiming at each other. Both Soldiers must have realized at the same time, there was noone else around, so why kill each other. Without a word said, simultaneously they lowered their guns and Darin took off running again.

One night Darin went to a party.  He walked in the door and there was a guy sitting there that he didn't know. The guy looked at Darin and said "I know you from somewhere", Darin said "Yea, I know you from somewhere too".  This went on most of the night.  Towards the end of the night, the guy said "I know who you are! You were the Confederate Soldier!", Darin said "you were the Union Soldier!", and they told each other the same dream.

I was so struck by this story. I wanted to write a song about it, and I wanted to be the person running thru the woods.  I wrote a 3 page story and called it Dejavue.  I changed it to Carole Ann.  The story is a readers digest version of the inspiration of Darin's experience.

Lyrics

CAROL ANNE                                                                              
Penny Menze,   Michael Shipley,  Alan O’Bryant      ©1998
 Verse:
 A cloud of smoke, ‘neath old growth tree’s
In a one room cabin, you’re in my dreams 
A child with child, without a man                             
‘Cause he’s off fighting, for the Southern land
 Chorus          Carol Anne, What do you see 
                        Running through the Backwoods
                        Of an endless dream
                        Carol Anne, Through your eyes
                        A memory of a man
                        From another time
                        Carol Anne, could it be, that you were me
 Verse:
I see you there, the past unfolds
I can feel you tremble, from the winters cold
Your heart aches, and mine does too
For the love of a man, that we both knew
 
Chorus          Carol Anne, What do you see
                        Running through the Backwoods
                        Of an endless dream
                        Carol Anne, through your eyes
                        A memory of a man
                        From another time
                        Carol Anne, could it be, that you were me
 Bridge  
 I can feel the passion, running through your veins
I can hear the blue coats coming through the rain
I can see a man reaching out for me
I watch him fall, and it brings me to my knees
 
Chorus          Carol Anne, What do you see
                        Running through the Backwoods
                        Of an endless dream
                        Carol Anne, through your eyes
                        A memory of a man
                        From another time
                        Carol Anne, could it be, that you were me
 
Tag                 Carol Anne, could it be, that you were me