The Ballad of Brandon was written in honor of Brandon’s 250 years by Gene Childers, and performed here by Gene, Jean Childers, Kristen Varian, Denise Keating and Jim Keating. will be performed live at several of the town’s special events in 2011.

Here are the lyrics so you can sing along with the audio:
Click to hear the Ballad of Brandon.

THE BALLAD OF BRANDON

Brandon is a town on the banks of the Neshobe
Right next door to Otter Creek on the Champlain valley floor.
Folks been coming here since seventeen sixty one and more
Building homes and farms and stores at the bottom of the gap.

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So Hey, Hey, Hey, let’s celebrate today!
So Hey, Hey, Hey, let’s celebrate today!

Settlers came to stay led by Amos Cutler and the Junes.
In old Brandon they found room on the frontier of the day.
What to call the town “How bout Neshobe as Indians say,”
So began a brand new day at the bottom of the gap.

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Churches followed soon with the notion that all men are free
Just say no to slavery at least the Baptist’s say.
Later, famous son, Stephen Douglas took a different side
He and Abe they did collide at the bottom of the gap.

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Progress came or’ time with a sewer, train and water works.
Electric lights that lit the night along the streets of town.
Kaolin and paint, marble slabs and stoves and weighing scales
All brought jobs to pay the bills at the bottom of the gap.

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The town hall is a gem that stands proudly in the heart of town
Symbolizing all that’s found in the town’s rich history.
Linked to the Civil War with it’s monument that stands so proud
We raise a cheer and shout out loud at the bottom of the gap.

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The Training School began near the place where once a racetrack  stood.
It served the state as best it could until it was closed down.
In that time were fires that destroyed the shops in downtown blocks.
But the town it did not stop at the bottom of the gap.

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Brandon folks stand strong serving in all of our nation’s wars
Here at home and foreign shores wherever they are called.
We honor those who serve and the families who stand by their side.
They’re all part of Brandon’s pride at the bottom of the gap.

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Here we are today honoring two hundred fifty years
Of  history and being here, let’s celebrate and say.
“Here’s to you our town, may you prosper long with dignity
And be a place that’s great to be at the bottom of the gap.”

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