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Bennie and Johnnie

MAT KEARNEY on May 11, 2012 00:46


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    As we drove away from 12 Pines, the most energetic acoustic show I have ever played, I kept seeing in my mind two young people, cars packed full, pulling out of their driveways, leaving home to become a Bennie and a Johnnie for the first time. I got out a note pad and started writing their story, which of course was a love story. I recorded the song in my home the next day. I thought it would be make a nice thank you for a memorable night.


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      Blueberry_Avalanche at 1.56 on April 24, 2014 04:54

      Why do you have so few followers... YOU ARE AMAZING

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    • Lostpalm
      Lostpalm at 0.41 on March 10, 2013 06:57

      I live your music- miss the old sound some bring back some nothing left to lose style ;0)

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      Anthony D. Black at 1.23 on February 04, 2013 07:06

      I love your work, model myself after you.

    • cburgin
      cburgin at 3.03 on January 21, 2013 02:29

      love your music! beautiful song

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    • anicia.criscione
      anicia.criscione at 0.11 on August 25, 2012 19:34

      Sweet Song. Bennies are good girls who love to see the world. Right on!

    • StaylorD
      StaylorD at 2.40 on August 06, 2012 15:06

      Wow this song is the definition of true love:) love it.

    • Kevin Garren
      Kevin Garren on June 04, 2012 22:04

      was this ever available to download? it says "the track has reached it's download limit" now. dang :(

    • bennie0802
      bennie0802 on May 30, 2012 15:26

      Marrying a johnnie in the fall! we want to play this song at the wedding!

    • Janel Hurtado
      Janel Hurtado on May 23, 2012 17:57

      I love the recurring theme of the “backseat” – my backseat contained all my personal belongings as I moved back and forth during my time at St Bens. And now my backseat holds my most precious - 2 young boys that I share with my Johnnie. Our time at St Bens /St Johns was the springboard for our entire life together.

    • happy2222
      happy2222 on May 22, 2012 15:54

      I get to marry my Johnnie this weekend -- we were each other's first chapel walk! :) Thank you for capturing these places so perfectly, Mat!

    • Johnnie14
      Johnnie14 on May 22, 2012 15:39

      I will play this song when I graduate, when i get marry, to my sons and daughters and every time I feel nostalgic in the future. Will be my number one song for ages.

    • todd william
      todd william on May 18, 2012 16:44

      Mat, Your wonderful new song was shared with the Twin Cities at 7:45 am today on Cities 97.
      The announcers (one included Keri Noble) raved about the beauty of the song and demanded it be performed at the Basilica Block Party.

    • CSGG
      CSGG on May 18, 2012 13:46

      It's been 35 years since I made that first trip. Thanks for the song.

    • kbruni22
      kbruni22 on May 16, 2012 14:09

      You captured it, Mat! What a perfect tribute. Thank you.

    • psouch
      psouch on May 15, 2012 21:37

      My Bennie of 21 years is going in for breast cancer surgery next Wed. Our daughter played this for us on the way to the Twins game last Friday to "get our minds off of this" We cried all the way in. Hauntingly accurate.

    • mawalther
      mawalther on May 14, 2012 22:28

      I'm lucky enough to be marrying my Johnnie in just over a month. Thanks for telling our love story, and the love story of countless other fellow Bennies and Johnnies!!!

    • Cara Jones
      Cara Jones on May 14, 2012 12:30

      I love this song! My mom and dad are Bennie and Johnnie and my Brother was a Johnnie and married a Bennie. This is huge in my family. Thanks for the tribute!

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    • margaretb
      margaretb on May 12, 2012 17:13

      Margaret Bauer

      Beautiful song and melody. We loved the lyrics, this song spoke volumes of memories as a Bennie/Johnnie couple married for 34 years. Four of our seven children have followed our footsteps in attending these great schools. Thank you for sharing - hope it makes it to the top of the charts! God bless.

    • chennen2
      chennen2 on May 12, 2012 14:55

      Wow!!! That was so great! My Johnnie and I have been married for 28 years! What a great song to listen to and bring back memories! Thank you Matt!

    • saugust9
      saugust9 on May 12, 2012 04:39

      For the audience that is not part of the CSB/SJU community, this should help with the lyrics a bit:
      - Students at the College of Saint Benedict are fondly referred to as Bennies; students of Saint John's University, Johnnies.
      - Yep, we're in Minnesota!
      - We're right on hwy 94. so (almost) EVERYONE takes hwy 94 to school.
      - Sal's is a popular bar in Saint Joseph, MN, where CSB is.
      - Lake Sagatagan is one of several lakes on the SJU campus.
      - Bells- refers to the bells on famous Abbey Church's bell banner.
      - Chapel Walk - Johnnie and Bennie couples that take the chapel walk around Lake Sag eventually marry 83% of the time, all of the time. true story.
      - Aspens: we've got a bunch of those.

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