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written by Brian Woodbury and Peter Lurye; arranged by Peter Lurye


V E R S E 1
She was gone almost overnight
A brutal two-month chemo fight
This isn't right—
How could she forsake you?

The twins still cry for her at dawn
They’re asking you where mama’s gone
It feels like one more day of this could break you

P R E – C H O R U S 1
There on the rocky shore
Trying to find a place to stand
As you're pulverized to sand.

C H O R U S 1
It will get better
You will get stronger
As the nights grow shorter
And the light grows longer
Day after day, you'll lift your eyes, and then
In the mirror you will see yourself again,
See yourself again.

V E R S E 2
You're a girl, but no one knows
It’s what you feel, not what you chose
One day you wear your sister’s clothes
And so they beat you

Changing schools, then leaving town
Your parents say, “Just push it down”
You fall into a place no one can reach you

P R E – C H O R U S 2
You're walking along the shore
And the surf tugs at your dress
You’re resisting less and less

C H O R U S 2
It will get better
You will get stronger
As the taunts grow fainter
And the light grows longer
One day you’ll free your future from your past
And in the mirror, you will see yourself at last,
See yourself at last.

You didn't ask for what you're going through
You think you'll never find your way
And then you do, you always do...

V E R S E 3
He rode in trailing clouds of hate
You were sure no one would take his bait
The country that you love—well, they'd oppose him

But everything you thought you knew
Turned out, was just a point of view
And when the night was through
The people chose him

P R E – C H O R U S 3
We stand at the ocean’s edge
As a storm cloud drowns the day
And the shore is washed away...

C H O R U S 3
Will it get better?
Oh, how much longer
Till the truth gets louder
And the light grows stronger?
We've come through greater trials than this by far
We've paid with tears and blood for who we are
Will we reclaim that flag and what it's for?
So in the mirror, we can see ourselves once more?
See ourselves once more
See ourselves once more.


from Antipathy & Ideology, released December 28, 2020
BW: vocals, bass; Peter Lurye: keyboards, programming, FX background vocals; Marc Muller: acoustic & electric guitars, pedal steel; Mark Pardy: drums; Maggie Parkins: cello; Sara Parkins: violins; Chris Tedesco: trumpets, french horns; Dan Levine: trombones, tuba


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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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