Daddy's Little Girl

from Balladry & Soliloquy by Brian Woodbury

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written by Brian Woodbury; arranged by Marc Muller


V E R S E 1
Claire was conceived in make-up sex.
Before Daddy was Mama’s ex
A last-ditch try to somehow force
The marriage not to run its course

Claire arrived in the deep of night
Dark of winter, with a blinding light
Apple in the eye of a perfect storm
And she could almost keep them warm

C H O R U S 1
‘Cause she was Daddy's little girl
So precious and so smart
And she was Mama's new best friend
Come to mend a broken heart
And she'd laugh at Daddy's laugh
And she’d soothe her Mama’s whimpers
She was all that they could salvage in the end
Her Daddy's little girl
And her Mama's new best friend

V E R S E 2
They split before she learned to stand
Trying to grasp, one in each hand
A duplicate room at Daddy’s place
Claire didn’t know which way to face

Daddy bounced back, did okay
New wife, baby sister on the way
Mama didn’t fare so well
But she swore Claire to never tell

C H O R U S 2
Still she was Daddy’s little girl
When he sang her Nat King Cole
And she was Mama’s only friend
When Mama bared her wounded soul
Daddy put on training wheels
Mama cried upon her shoulder
And pretty soon it was too painful to pretend
To be Daddy’s little girl
When she was Mama’s only friend

Broken hearts don’t split right down the middle
Sometimes we are called upon to choose
Mama’s stuck, Daddy seems to coast
Claire goes where she is needed most
And now her room at Daddy’s house
Sits quiet as a ghost

C H O R U S 3
And she was Daddy’s little girl
The future in his eyes
But she was Mama’s only hope
She was her consolation prize
Mama’s bad mouth wouldn’t shut
Until Claire at last surrendered
The other room, the every other week she’d spend
She was Daddy’s little girl
Now she’s only Mama’s friend


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


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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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