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written by Brian Woodbury; arranged by Marc Muller & Brian Woodbury


C H O R U S 1
Bring your own beer
Don’t come empty-handed
The invite was clear
To that stipulation
I could not agree
Yeah, thems are the rules
That I wish they’d relax
The host provides music and snacks
If you B.Y.O.B.

V E R S E 1
I show up at this party but I’m wondering why I came
A bunch of strangers milling round asking me my name
I’ve nothing to contribute, this is clearly not my crowd
I’m going back for seconds, I don’t care if it’s allowed

P R E - C H O R U S 1
And I’ll sift through the pretzel dust till Miller time is up
Holding out for refills of my empty solo cup

C H O R U S 2
Bring your own beer
I came unprepared when
I ventured in here
This party is dead, boy
Or is it just me?
Got nothin’ to offer
Nor to achieve
Shoulda known when I got here to leave
It said B.Y.O.B.

V E R S E 2
They send me on a beer run. (How’d they talk me into that?)
And on this backroad shortcut my Fiesta gets a flat
The wind blows like a bastard, and the ground’s a skating rink
If I’d brought my own beer, at least I’d have something to drink

P R E - C H O R U S 2
Not just this bag of empties I’m returning to the store.
The sheriff shows up, “Hey, there’s open bottles on your floor.”

C H O R U S 3
Bring your own beer
Guess where I’m spending
The rest of the year?
Christmas in jail
Not guilty is my plea
I’ve got no excuse
‘Cause I’ve done nothing wrong
Don’t go blaming my old backseat bong
Blame B.Y.O.B.


E X T E N D E D P R E - C H O R U S 3
The deputies sing Hark the Herald Angels – what a din
One shares a cup of eggnog with me – soon I’m joining in
Then later in my bunk I start to think on what I’ve missed
If life gives you lemons maybe that is just a twist

C H O R U S 4
Bring your own beer
Make your own party
Spread your own cheer
Say “after you”
Don’t just say, “poor me”
So fill up your heart
And give what you’ve got
’Cause someone might give you a shot
If you B.Y.O.B.


from Balladry & Soliloquy, released July 1, 2020
vocals, bass: Brian Woodbury; acoustic, mandolin, pedal steel, banjo: Marc Muller; drums, percussion: Joe Berardi; FX: 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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