Matt Kennon’s Joan of Arc

 

Joan of Arc’s story is one of the most fascinating biographies in history. A girl, guided by the voices of angels, leads the armies of France to defeat the English. She is captured, convicted of heresy and burned alive by the same Catholic Church that would one day declare her a saint. 

Just as Mark Twain fell under the spell of The Maid of Orleans in the early days of the 20th Century, another writer fell for her early in this one. Unlike Twain, Matt Kennon never lost his belief in the Roman Catholic Church so his artistic expression of Joan of Arc shares the devotion of her faith.

Matt’s Joan of Arc is not an exploration of the life of this extraordinary girl; it is a prayer to a saint of the church. It is a cry for help to an immortal soul who has experience overcoming the evils of this world. I had the good luck to be Matt’s bandmate when he wrote this song and we recorded it with our band Late Model Humans for the 2006 album American Twilight.

Joan of Arc won’t you watch over me?
Jeanne d’Arc, Jeanne d’Arc, Jeanne d’Arc
I’m so alone and afraid can’t you see?
Jeanne d’Arc, Jeanne d’Arc, Jeanne d’Arc
But you stood your ground by heaven’s softest sounds
So let it be by the likes of me

Joan of Arc, just a girl
Joan of Arc led generals
Joan of Arc changed the world
With just the voices of angels

I am under siege
Forces of evil creep
All around me weep
You have to hear my plea
You have to free me

Maid of Lorraine won’t you pray for me?
Jeanne d’Arc, Jeanne d’Arc, Jeanne d’Arc
So many years have I yearned to be free
Jeanne d’Arc, Jeanne d’Arc, Jeanne d’Arc
With evil on all sides you trusted heaven’s guides
So let it be by the likes of me

Joan of Arc, just a girl
Joan of Arc led generals
Joan of Arc changed the world
With just the voices of angels

I am under siege
Forces of evil creep
All around me weep
You have to hear my plea
You have to free me

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