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Benedict Rides

from 3200 W 22nd Court by Mike Lawson & Friends



Another celebrating of the work of friend and mentor, Merl Saunders, and his work with Tom Fogerty, John Kahn, Bill Vitt, Jerry Garcia, and the Hawkins Family. This was another co-write with Pam Carrier and Merl Saunders.

Merl Saunders Jr suggested I cover this. I went back and listened to it and went, "Oh crap, how am I going to pull this off with my go-to-drummer being in England?" I was also concerned about the arrangement, and transposing, so I turned to the best guy I know for that, my longtime friend and producer of Ticket to Fly, Fred Bogert, who helped me make sense of the thing and added a guitar track.

I sent the original to Joe, and he said his jazz college mate Jeff Marley and he could chart it out and play it for me, oh, and in a key I could sing it in, because I'm not Edwin Hawkins. I had Scott Guberman do the organ and clav parts, and played guitar on it. This was one of the first tracks with Denise Stewart Bates on backing vocals. I asked her is she had some Hawkins Family in her, and she said, "oh yeah." And here we are.


Just when he's congratulated himself
For being a person on whom to depend
Along comes a trusting soul and
Benedict rides again

When he's managed to convince himself
That he's an original flower child
Greed knocks on the garden gate
And Benedict rides again

Once he thinks he's got it all together
Learnt ten days about rice and studying zen
Some head gives him a brown hit
And Benedict rides again

After he's marched in a demonstration
To protest war and peace for all men
Then he joins the ROTC
And Benedict rides again

Ride Benedict rides again
Ride Benedict rides again
Ride Benedict rides again
Ride Benedict rides again


from 3200 W 22nd Court, released December 21, 2021
Mike Lawson - Guitar, Vocals
Fred Bogert - Guitar
Jeff Marley - Bass
Joe Montague - Drums, Percussion
Scott Guberman - Hammond/Clav
Denise Stewart Bates - Backing Vocals


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Mike Lawson has, over 30 years, recorded and/or performed together with Merl Saunders, Vince Welnick, Vassar Clements, Pete Sears, Gary Talley, John McEuen, Bob Welch, Dennis Robbins, Joe Louis Walker, Jorma Kaukonen, Phil Keaggy, Jack Casady, Scott Guberman, Dianne Davidson, Noah Wall, Tyra Juliette, Bill Vitt, Rob Wasserman, Michael Cleveland, Phil Madeira, and a host of other amazing friends. ... more

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