The Brian Woodbury Songbook

by Brian Woodbury

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1.
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 under-toe. 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.
2.
There is something happening between us, girl 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, etc. [ad lib] 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 Hey, hey Unspoken love
3.
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.
4.
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 It's why been takin' so long Don't hold me back Gimme slack 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 Is how you keep it so long It's in your hair And everywhere just set you free and be strong Rise! etc. [ad lib]
5.
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.
6.
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, baby Watch out for that tree, mama Turn off that TV So I do a 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. Like my mother before me And my father before me And their parents before them 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. Pay attention if you can, before you institute a ban Why don't you listen to my plan? I'll make this song just a little too hard To understand what it's about, Unless you've got the code, you can't figure it out. And like my mother before me And my father before me And their parents before them, no! 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.
7.
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...
8.
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: 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
9.
When are you going to get off Of my answering machine So I can listen to 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? I think you're calling to say That you're calling to say That you're calling to say That you're calling to say That you're calling Well, I know that Why don't you 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) 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. 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 they're trying to tell me They're trying to say That you're trying to tell me You're trying to say That you're trying to tell me You're trying 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) 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.
10.
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, 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.
11.
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 He goes 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, no 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 tree's 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. Now she is looking for him Not the movie star airline pilot The little girl dreamt about And she is looking for him Not necessarily anyone she might or might not have Thought of that she’s ruling out She has 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. And he is 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 is looking for her In the last place he thought he might have seen her In the first place she’d look, oh, no 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, if he's looking for her, she’s looking for him. She’s looking for him. She’s looking for him. She’s looking for him. She is looking for him.
12.
My Africa 04:22
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
13.
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 But 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 And all I get out of here is going nowhere and Only 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 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. Now, 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. I can't wait to do Everything and open every door for swingin', Every mouth for singin' out: Let freedom ring.
14.
Santa Monica 03:44
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, Or 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.
15.
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
16.
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 your 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] Twice as lonely now when you're away from me Half as happy, in love times infinity You are my only love, Must we be lonely, love? Lonely love, lonely love, lonely love. [repeat] 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. [repeat] 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. [repeat]
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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.

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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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