Complicated Rhythm

from Levity & Novelty by Brian Woodbury

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written by Brian Woodbury & Jim Kimo West

lyrics

V E R S E 1
My life was rock steady
Not-break-a-sweat-y
When you stumbled right into my heart
Then in one fell swoop
You threw me for a loop
With a start and a stop and a start

P R E – C H O R U S 1
From the day we mishappened to meet
My tune took a tumble and the bar skipped a beat
It was off-again, on-again
Here and then gone again
In-again, out-again
Certain and doubt again
Sweeping me right off my feet

C H O R U S 2
With that complicated rhythm
For me and you
Complicated rhythm
It’s all we do
Complicated rhythm
Beats may drop
Complicated rhythm
We never stop
When I push, you push
When I pull, you pull
Till everybody’s feeling kinda sore
Who could ask for anything more
Complicated?

R E F R A I N
Complicated rhythm
Com-pli-ca-ted
Complicated rhythm

V E R S E 2
From the start it was manic
With you, my Titanic
And I, your Lusitania amour
So wrong yet so right
Two ships crashing in the night
With no one to tow us to shore

P R E – C H O R U S 2
You say “potato” and I say “plum”
You throw me to the sharks
and then you call me “old chum”

It was that-away, this-away
Spat-away, kiss-away
Nip-away, tuck-away
Fight-away, fuck-away
Still I cannot help but hum

C H O R U S 2
That old complicated rhythm
Our fickle fate
Complicated rhythm
We vacillate
Complicated rhythm
Forth and back
Complicated rhythm
Retreat attack
It’s not you, it’s me
It’s not me, it’s you
It’s sure a lotta trouble keeping score
Who could ask for anything more
Complicated?

B R I D G E
Now, anyone can do it
But it’s tricky as pi
Many misconstrue it
And I can see why
Once you fall into it
Well, you never can quit
The rhythm isn’t gonna get you
You gotta get it

I N S T R U M E N T A L C H O R U S

C H O R U S 3
That old complicated rhythm
We got the most
Complicated rhythm
We rollercoast
Complicated rhythm
Yes and no
Complicated rhythm
It’s stop and go
Come here! Get away
Beat it! Can you stay?
Slow down now, will ya? Whatcha waitin’ for?
Who could ask for anything more
Complicated?

R E F R A I N
Complicated rhythm
Com-pli-ca-ted
Complicated rhythm

credits

from Levity & Novelty, released February 1, 2020
lead vocal: Brian Woodbury; soprano: Kathi Funston; alto: Heather Marsden; tenor: Gary Stockdale; bass-baritone: Bob Joyce; upright bass: Edwin Livingston; guitar: Jim Kimo West; drums: Andy Sanesi

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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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