Asking for a Friend

from Balladry & Soliloquy by Brian Woodbury

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V E R S E 1
I know this guy.
He's smart – I think he's funny.
Feet on the ground
Doesn’t like to live his life inside his phone
He’s far from shy
His mood – is usually pretty sunny
But nowadays, he spends a lot of time alone

V E R S E 2
Follows the news.
He craves – great conversation.
He cares about the people that he meets,
Or doesn’t meet
You got the blues?
He’s got – some cheer or consolation
Without a friend, though, now his life feels incomplete

C H O R U S 1
If you met a guy like that
Now, wouldn’t you want to help him out?
At least you’d see he ought to get
the benefit of the doubt
Or a token of some
human kindness you could spend
I’m asking, for a friend
I’m asking, for a friend

V E R S E 3
He’s got a wife
And kids, Dad, sister, brother
His contact list
Is long, but something’s keeping him apart
It’s a good life
No way – he’d trade it for another
So why’s it hard for him to find that heart-to-heart?

C H O R U S 2
He’s not looking for a lover
He’s not asking for the moon
You might also know someone
Who has a hankering to commune
And a confidential ear
That he could let him bend?
I’m asking, for a friend
I’m asking, for a friend

B R I D G E
And all the pals and gals he used to know
Back in the day
Boy, what a day!
He had a hey day

Where did everybody go?
Some passed away
Some just don’t pass this way
May Day, May Day

I N S T R U M E N T A L

V E R S E 3
I know him well.
We go – way back together
But even I sometimes just cannot fathom him at all
He’s in a shell
And now – he’s got me wondering whether
I am enough to help him breaking through that wall

C H O R U S 3
Is it something that he does?
Or is it something that he did?
Well, it’s hard to be objective now
‘cause who am I trying to kid?
And I guess I’ve really
got no reason to pretend
That I'm asking, for a friend

E X T E N S I O N
If I admit it to myself,
can I reverse the trend?
I am asking for a friend
I am asking for a friend
I am asking for a friend
I am asking for a friend

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from Balladry & Soliloquy, released July 1, 2020
vocals, bass: Brian Woodbury; acoustics: Sam Woodbury; vibes: Nick Mancini; drums: Joe Berardi; bongos: Dan Cubert

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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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