The Brian Woodbury Songbook

by Brian Woodbury

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released December 1, 2000

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Brian Woodbury Los Angeles, California

Brian Woodbury is a Los Angeles composer, lyricist and bandleader who writes musicals, post-modern jazz compositions, quirky pop, country songs and music for children's TV.

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Track Name: Have You Seen My Serene?
I am the sun, the California sun.
Born on the fourth of July,
and ripening the fruit of everyone.
Then dappling the shade,
into the moon I fade,
to keep night unafraid.

I am the deep, I join the seven seas.
Tugged by the moon, boiled by the sun.
Evaporating in a breeze.
And from cloud nine I drool,
to fill a mountain pool
and keep the flowers cool.

Have you seen my serene? --
Like a bolt out of the blue.
Ring the morning bell for everyone.

Are you sleeping, no serene?
Are you dreaming, deja vu?
Time to waken into reverie,
serenading you.

I am the air, a flock of birds in flight,
migrating over the seas. I travel between continents at night.
I trade winds in for bales
of billowings of sails.
I fill a million gales.

I am a world, enshrouded in a mist.
Do I recede or emerge? You softly tread to see if I exist.
And spread out just below,
wherever you may go,
you feel me undertoe.

Have you seen my serene? --
Like a boat out on the blue.
Ring the morning bell for everyone.

Are you sleeping? no siree.
Are you dreaming, deja vu?
Time to waken into reverie.
My serene has seen you.
Track Name: Unspoken Love
There is something happening between us
Everytime I catch you looking in my eyes
Something I'm afraid you'll tell your boyfriend
But somethin' tells me you'll be telling lies
Rumor said you broke up with him
There's my chance to leap in
Then I see you back together
so I keep on keepin' on

Unspoken love
I could love you forever hopin'
my heart will never be broken
Awoken dream
I might suddenly see
you already love me
if it were spoken

Now that we're alone I've got to tell you
Specially when you're lookin' that way in my eyes
Tellin' me that love goes sour sometimes
and somewhere there's true love that never dies
Now or never lasts forever
all my secrets leakin'
your eyes don't come up for air and
suddenly I'm speakin' of

Unspoken love
I will love you forever hopin'
my heart will never be broken
Awoken dream
I'm too frightened to see
if you really love me
now that it's spoken

I lie alone on my bed.
Was it just yesterday?
I can't believe what I said
and how you just stared back at me
as if you thought I was a fool or maybe not
I dream that you will love me someday
and somehow the dream makes me braver
I feel the tug of the waves
pulling me out of the door to the room
where you are right now
And we talk for half an hour and then you say,
"About what you told me yesterday...
I think I feel the same way
I think I feel the same way
I think I feel the same way too."

I love you, I love you, ooh baby I love you....

Unspoken love
I will love you forever hopin'
my heart will never be broken
Awoken dream
in the open you see
you already love me
now that it's spoken
Track Name: Another Thing Goin'
There's a sucker dying every minute --
a dinosaur fallen in the tar.
And though I swore I'd never be caught dead in it,
there you are.
I thought my feet were on the ground,
but I didn't think they'd sink down so far,
while my head was in the clouds,
wishin' on a shooting star.

If you expect me to believe that it was all a big mistake,
expect me to believe some other lie that's just as fake,
expect me to believe I've got a heart that doesn't break,
then I believe you've got another think comin'
and another thing goin',
and another thing goin'.

Well, it's not a tale that bears repeatin' --
a serpent ensnares the trusting Eve.
But as soon as I found my Garden of Eden,
had to leave.
I thought Paradise would last forever,
but I was just being so naive.
When you idolize a false God,
ask and you shall not receive.

If you expect me to sit here and listen to your lame excuse,
expect me to sit here and keep on takin' this abuse,
expect me to sit here, say, "Here's my head. Now where's the noose?"
then I expect you've got another think comin'
and another thing goin',
and another thing goin'.

You got somethin' goin' on the side,
and it's somethin' I'm not goin' to ignore.
You got me comin' and goin' and bein' denied.
Well, here's another thing goin' right out your door.

Well, this love nightmare is finally over.
It's dawned on me where your heart must be
Would have happened before if you'd told me so
verbally.
Your tongue is tied, but the last word's in.
Keep your eyes open wide, 'cause they can't see
there's a sucker dying every minute
but isn't me.

And did you think I'd sit and watch you put on your pathetic show?
Did you think that if you didn't tell me, I would never know?
Did you think that even if I found out, I still wouldn't go?
Well, then I think you got another think comin'
and another thing goin', etc.
Track Name: Hippies Rise!
Rise! Rise! Rise! [ad lib]

Hippies,
get back on your horses and ride, ride
come out of the sunset
into the sunrise

Hippies,
get up on your high horse and ride
get out of that monkey suit
let your tie die

I been so weak
I'm half asleep
I'm sorry takin' so long
don't hold me back
nowhere is that
just get you free and be strong

Rise! etc.

Hippies,
get up on a soapbox and cry
tell your sisters' family
and your brothers' tribe

Hippies,
get up on a high plane and fly
take it to the new vibration
take to the sky

You got to breathe
and to believe
and how you keep it so long
It's in your hair
and everywhere
just set you free and be strong

Rise! etc.
Track Name: Explain the Rain
There is a rainfall
and it covers one and all
can't keep it off of you.

And in this rainstorm,
there's no keeping your foot warm
or dry inside your shoe.

Call it a cloudburst,
maybe it will do its worst
before the day is through

An evening rainbow,
and you still don't dare go
in the morning do...

But when the rain rains
you explain the rain to your baby
Why does rain rain rain?
Because the rain rains
It's inside she should be going
in time she will be knowing and sewing grains
Listen, child, it isn't mild
It's growing pains
Come summer, but meanwhile the

Rain rains
So explain the rain to your baby
When the rain's rain rains
But you cannot restrain rain
There's no one to whom to complain
So you listen to familiar strains
The answer once again won't retain, and the song remains

Raindrops always are falling
Don't get up in the morning--stay in bed
Why not rest your head on a pillow
someone else will be sure to let you know
there's no escaping it

But here's the main claim
that you must maintain for your babe
No matter rain, rain, rain, rain or rain
That should the rain wane
or cease to be the main strain
don't refrain and don't hesitate to loose the reins
Baby cryin' over spilling over drain
Sun comes she'll be raising the cane.
Sweet summer raising cane.
Baby cryin askin' why and not in vain
Come summer, she's raising the cane.
Track Name: Don't Be Afraid of the Stupid
Now give a listen to me, people,
out there in TV land
Because the ones who make these shows think you're too
dumb to understand
Why don't you give yourself a hand?
Why don't you give yourself a hand?
Yes, you deserve a great big hand.

'Cause I know when I was a baby
sittin' on my mother's knee
she told me names will never hurt you
and thinking is for free
she told me watch out for that tree, mama
watch out for that tree
turn off that TV

Now I'll make this song just a little too hard
to understand what it's about,
unless you've got the secret code--
it's the common code of the common man and woman--
then, you figure it out.

But like my mother before me
and my father before me
and their parents before them, they said

Don't be afraid of the stupid
and don't pull wool over somebody else's lie
Just take a true aim like Cupid
and cut the bull in the bullseye

Don't be afraid of the narrow
Don't be afraid that they'll cause you pain
Like Cupid, pull back that arrow
and let it fly, try to explain,
you make a point using your brain,
much better than just pulling somebody's chain.

Now give a listen to me, Mister
Television Man,
'cause from the looks of what you do
you've got a short attention span.
So, pay attention if you can,
before you institute a ban
Why don't you listen to my plan.

So I do a song just a little too hard
to understand what it's about,
unless you've got the code you can't figure it out.

Like my mother before me
and my father before me
and their parents before them, they said

Don't be afraid of a stupid person
Don't be afraid not to buy what he's trying to sell
or then your judgement will only worsen --
And those who know better can be stupid as well

Don't be afraid of the narrow minded
Don't condescend, and don't ste yourself apart
'cause looking down your nose leaves you blinded
Disdain is a poisoning dart
but common sense might reach a heart
and teach it not to be afraid of the smart.
Track Name: Depending on You
I've been wading in the shallow end for too long.
It's time to dive into the deep end.

I'm not into waitin' for that telephone to ring
While you are out and I'm at home not doing anything
treatin' you like steady, when you treat me like a fling.
That you can depend upon.
But if you want to spend time with me each and every night
going' out or stayin' in and turnin' out the light
I'll be there in the mornin' to make everything all right
That you can depend upon.

I've got the feeling that you understand, still I can't help but wonder

CHORUS
Can I depend on you?
Well, that all depends on if
you'll depend on me.
Can't you see?
We' belong as one,
we'd be lonely as two, and
What I'd rather do
is depending on you.

I don't want to get my status from a wedding ring
you taking out your credit card and buying everything
me waitin' home and cooking up the bacon that you bring
That you can depend upon.

'Cause I have had my share of sad relationships before
Needing something they can't give and coming back for more
But I think you've got the feeling I've been looking for,
that I can depend upon.

When love sneaks up in a hurry a part of your heart beat is worried

CHORUS

I don't want our love to come crashing down on shallow shoals
We can just set sail from the highest ground
and float on emotion 'cross the deep blue sea


CHORUS/CHORUS

Depending on you I'm depending...
Track Name: Little Tiny Boats
He: My girl’s got a beautiful bathing suit on
She found it at the thrift shop
No prettier sight than to see her in it
‘Cept when she takes it off

It’s got a picture of the sky
And a picture of the sea
And a picture of the deep white sand
It’s a picture of I
And a picture of she
Far away from land

He & She: It’s got little tiny boats
Little tiny boats, uh-huh
On the ocean waves it floats
With little tiny boats

She’s wearing little tiny boats
Little tiny boats, uh-huh
The buoy bobs, the dinghy dotes
On little tiny boats

She: My guy pulls his wet suit over his head
And the sleeves get caught on his arms
I wonder if I should leave him that way
Stick ’em up, all night long

He & She: It’s a hello Hawaii-ya
Aloha hooey
Ukule in a hideaway cove
It’s a slice o’ papaya
Coconut tree
Jumbo umbrella drink grove

Hawaiian chorus: Lili huna helu mama malu moku poku poki
Huna huna aka aka una lili
Lili huna helu mama malu moku poku poki
Huna huna aka aki

He: well, I know how to shop
She: I know how to pack
He & She: We got ourselves a pretty good deal
We know how to stop
And never look back
Don't worry about our next meal

We've got little tiny boats
Little tiny boats, uh-huh
Isle resort with no remotes
For little tiny boats

We're wearing little tiny boats
Little tiny boats, uh-huh
In a bottle we send notes
From little tiny boats

We've got little tiny boats
Little tiny boats, uh-huh
Underneath our overcoats
It’s little tiny boats
Track Name: (Write It On a Little Yellow) Post-It
When are you going to get off
of my answering machine
so I can listen to all the messages you left for me
'bout how you're still thinking about our conversation
and what you're going to do
with all the time on your hands
when you're alone?
You're just calling to say
that you're calling to say
that you're calling to say
that you're calling to say...,
well then say it
or better yet

Just write it on a little yellow post-it
and stick it on your face
Someplace I would maybe notice
(write in English just in case)
Or somewhere lower, on your sweater
wear it next to your heart
where it will shout
you know my name
so please wear it out.

Just write it on a little yellow post-it
and make it triplicate
write it with a magic marker
with your blood or with your spit
Leave it carved upon my pillow
leave it written in stone
leave me a clue, give me a sign
don't leave me wond'ring alone.
Write it on a little yellow post-it, etc.

You don't need to pound down my door
with a battering ram.
Or skywrite all your secrets from an aeroplane.
I just wish I knew what that head of yours was thinking.
And what your eyes are saying
when they look that way,
before they look away
I think you're trying to tell me
ou're trying to tell me
you're trying to tell me...then tell me.
Well, if you can't do that...

Just write it on a little yellow post-it
and stick it on your face
Someplace I would maybe notice
(write in English just in case)
Or somewhere lower, on your sweater
wear it next to your heart
where it will shout
you know my name
so please wear it out.

Just write it on a little yellow post-it
and make it triplicate
write it with a magic marker
with your blood or with your spit
Leave it carved upon my pillow
leave it written in stone
leave me a clue, give me a sign
don't leave me wond'ring alone.

Send it on a little yellow post-it
That's easy to receive
Lay your cards out on the table
Don't hide something up your sleeve
The more obvious the better
Use whatever words do the trick
and better make it snappy
to make it stick.
Write it on a little yellow post-it, etc.
Track Name: Someone Who Died
Please forgive me
If I stare at you.
You remind me of someone I once knew,
Somebody who died, long ago.

She was your age.
She'd be older now.
She'd be wearing clothes like you, I swear.

And that's just like something she would say.

Am I being obnoxious?
It's so incredible.
Let me stare at you a little more.

It's been so very long.
And not a day goes by
Without me stopping someone on the street
Just to tell her she looks like someone who died.

And now the world is luckier by two,
Because two people look like you.

It's been so very long.
And not, not a day goes by
Without me stopping someone on the street
Just to tell her she looks like someone who died.

And now the world is luckier by two,
Because two people look like you.
The world is luckier by two,
Because two people look like you.
Track Name: She's Looking for Him
He’s looking for her
In a magazine classified ad
In the city somewhere
He’s looking for her
In the women he really wants to talk to
But doesn’t dare.

He goes out after dark
Out on a lark
Out on a whim
That if he’s looking for her she’s looking for him.

She’s looking for him
She doesn’t know where to meet him
She doesn’t know how
She’s looking for him
She used to imagine everything
About him, not now.

She goes out in the park
To look at the trees bark
She’s out on a limb
But he is looking for her, so she’s looking for him.

Don’t cry, don’t cry,
Because you’re alone,
Don’t cry, don’t cry.
And they tell themselves,
Don’t try, don’t try,
Don’t go blind for a love at first sight,
Just whistling a happy home.

She’s looking for him
Not the movie star airline pilot
The little girl dreamt about
She’s looking for him
Not necessarily anyone she might or might not have
Thought of that she’s ruling out

She’s gone out to sea
Just out to see
If she’d sink or she’d swim
And he’s still looking for her just looking for him.

He’s looking for her
Thinking all of the thoughts of love he’d tell her
Writing them in a book
(A book of love he’d show her)
He’s looking for her
In the last place he thought he might have seen her
In the first place she’d look

He waits alone in the dark
Afraid that his spark
Is starting to dim
But since he’s looking for her, she’s looking for him.
Yeah, he is looking for her, so she’s looking for him.
She’s looking for him. etc.
Track Name: My Africa
C H O R U S
It is my Africa too
And it is my Africa
For the mother of the human race is Africa
It is my Africa too

It is my Africa too
Yes, it is my Africa
'Cause the one who taught the world to sing
was Mother Africa
It is my Africa too

V E R S E 1
Back in Africa,
Long before recorded history,
An animal we call the human race was born.
And starting there,
And going forth on land and sea,
It spread around,
From the Cape of Good Hope to Cape Horn.

With navigation (Africa)
Using astronomy (Africa)
With irrigation (Africa)
And agriculture (Africa)
Singing polyphony (Africa)
Speaking the Mother tongue (Africa)
Making a city state (Africa)
And civilization

CHORUS

V E R S E 2
They used to call Africa a dark,
benighted continent,
forcing her to slave and suffer in despair.
But the story of her glory
and her tragedy,
so long denied,
is reawakening a heritage we share.

Take back the Nile (Africa)
Take Cleopatra (Africa)
Take back the ivory (Africa)
Save the great creatures (Africa)
Bring back the grasslands (Africa)
Take the Sahara (Africa)
Take back the diamonds and silver and freedom (Africa)
Nelson Mandela

CHORUS
Track Name: Let's Do Everything
When I first set sight of this town
I had many numbers to ring
and I had many a song to sing wherever I went
When I first set foot in this town
I was ready for anything
I brought along all that I could bring
all the good times I spent

Then it starts to wear me down
There's a frown inside the clown
Why'd I ever set my sights on this old town?
I can't get out of here
All I get out of here is going nowhere and
Only doing the things you're supposed to do

Let's do everything: Let's do everything; let's do everything; let's do everything; let's do everything

We've been wanting to
We've been putting of
What we waiting for
Let's do everything

Now we're gonna do everything
'Cause there's no time left to do anything else
and maybe just enough time for everything,
'Cause it's now or never now
Let freedom ring.

When I first fell into this world,
I was laughing deep in the deep
many miles to go before I go to sleep all over
When I grew up into a man,
my joyful promise trying to keep
turned into twelve years acting like sheep
counting four leaf clover.

We've gone into overtime
But I don't see a finishline
Can I turn the TV off, if you don't mind?
I'm at an end of rope
Not pushing the envelope, just pushing paper and
tired of doing the things I'm supposed to do

Let's do everything: Let's do everything; let's do everything; let's do everything; let's do everything

There's no reason now
We're all learning how
Everybody now
Let's do everything

Let's not figure the
probabilities
possibilities
We are doing everything

Goodbye pigeon hole
No go for the goal
Go out of control
Let's do everything

Let's do everything:

New day christening
Time is whistling
Are you listening?
Let's do everything

No more moving slow
Say no to just saying no
It's okay, let's go
Let's do everything.

Let's say everything
Let's be everything
Let's see everything
Let's do everything

There's no fate doing everything,
making happen whether we like it or not.
The world is just too great to be anything
less than everything in it to the last dot.
It's too late to be wondering
if it's just too late to escape from the plot.
And I can't wait to do
everything and open every door for swingin',
every mouth for singin' out:
Let freedom ring.
Track Name: Santa Monica
Monica the saint
roams the sunny beach,
foamy white waves glide into her toes.

Somehow she is faint,
always out of reach.
How to get beside her no-one knows.

She is oh so moody,
moody like the tide.
Is she wishy washy?
I wish she'd decide.
There she goes, a beauty
blushing like a bride
gushing in the rushing water
in the waves of Santa Monica
Santa Monica

When she whispers slowly
leaves you so tongue tied
She's a lover neither confirmed nor denied
But she is so holy
She is sanctified
She's our lady of the tidepools,
on the beach at Santa Monica
Santa Monica.

Monica, Saint Monica
Looking to the sky.
She'll stare into the sun,
then share it with the deep,
and swear she's having fun,
and dare to fall asleep.
Or she will cry herself to sleep.
She marvels at shells
and mother-of-pearl.
She sinks like a ship,
spouts like a whale,
smells like a girl.
Soon as the sun sets,
she'll want to set sail.
She'll kiss with her mouth,
smell like a girl,
Spout like a whale of a girl.
Track Name: Peaceful River
Leavin’
Call it even
Off we’re heavin’, content

No frettin’
Out we’re settin’
Gettin’ back to our own element,
Gettin’ back to our own element

Won’t fritter,
Or be bitter
I’m a quitter, consider me went
I’m a quitter, consider me went

Somewhere restful,
Somewhere zestful
Where a chestfull of leisure can be sent
Where a treasure will peacefully be leant
And our pleasure will blissfully be spent

We’ve been run around like heedless chickens
Run aground but still a live and kickin’
Time to get the hell out of the kitchen and
Go down to the peaceful river

We’re gonna go taste the peaceful water
Leadin’ all the lambs away from slaughter
Learn to live more like we’re otters
Just followin’ otters down the peaceful river

We’ll put our arms around each other
We’ll plant our farms around each other
Hang our lucky charms around each other
Down upon the peaceful river

Down upon the peaceful water we go
Makin’ room for everybody’s alter ego
Row a low-tech futuristic vehicle
Down to the peaceful river

We’ll give the land back to the Indians
Teach the men folk to respect the women
We’ll take our clothes off when we swimmin’
Down upon the peaceful river

We’ll get a cue from the eager beaver
Take a stand for trees in greater number
When they fall, it makes happy timbre
Down upon the peaceful river

No sharp words to divide us or distract us
The point being the pine tree and the cactus
Study war some more but never practice
Down upon the peaceful river

We’ll turn away from this noisy clamor
Laying down our swords and shield and armor
Make a playground airplane from a bomber
Down upon the peaceful river
Track Name: Twice as Lonely
I'd been so alone in my life
lonely in love
Being loved by or loving the wrong one
Then you came into the midst of my life
How far from the loneliness we'd only begun

I'm twice as lonely as I used to be
I get lonely for you, you get lonely for me

I'm twice as lonely as I was before
when you're in the next room or behind a door

'Cause you're a part of me I never leave
When you're apart from me I can't believe I'm living

You are my only love,
must we be lonely, love
Lonely love, lonely love, lonely love.
(repeat w/different chords)

Twice as lonely now when you're away from me
Half as happy, in love times infinity, see

You are my only love,
must we be lonely, love
Lonely love, lonely love, lonely love.


Some people say loving this way is blind,
you go out of my sight, I go out of my mind

My confidence crumbles, my fear multiplies
When I yawn and can't hear you, when I blink my eyes.

You are my only love,
must we be lonely, love
Lonely love, lonely love, lonely love.

Twice as lonely now, as I was once before
Twice as lonely now, and coming back for more

You are my only love,
must we be lonely, love
Lonely love, lonely love, lonely love.
Track Name: Steal this Song
There are things you have you call your own.
Such as things you buy or rent or get on loan.
They're things you need to keep,
A nice warm place to sleep that's not outdoors:
And those are your belongings.

Meanwhile there is music all around.
Songs you somehow pick out from the general sound.
At first you imitate them, then you take them
And make them yours.

Steal a song – steal it if you need a song to comfort you
Steal a song – just to steal yourself from boredom
Steal a song – steal a song and sing it to your own true love
Steal a song – steal this song

Steal this song
Steal it anytime
If you have a reason
Then please have the rhyme

You can steal this song
Going by the book
Taking liberties
Cop a riff, grab the hook

You can steal the verse
Or take the whole refrain
You can burn every bridge
Steal it all still the song will remain

Steal this song, etc.

Steal this song – as I stole it from those who came before me
Steal this song – steal it in the name of freedom
Steal this song – free this song and then your mind will follow you
Steal this song – steal this song

Steal this song
'Cause there's plenty left
And it won't be missed
And it's not really theft

When you steal this song
You will not get caught
Because you steal what never
Should be sold or bought

Steal it with your voice
Or steal it with a pen
Or steal it on a tape
Then it can always be stolen again.

Steal this song, etc.