Don't Call Back

from Levity & Novelty by Brian Woodbury

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lyrics

V E R S E 1
Some band wants to play my wine bar
They’ve been calling me for months
They’re politely sending emails
Left their CD. More than once.
After checkin’ the first second of it,
Hoo-boy, does it suck!
No way’m I bookin’ that.
Not at my classy place. Good luck.
But how am I tellin’ ’em so?
Is there some way of lettin’ ’em know? Hmm… oh!

C H O R U S 1
Don’t call back, yeah, don’t call back.
They can either think I think they stink
Or their demo’s still in the stack
don’t call back , yeah, don’t call back.
I’ll save those fifteen awkward seconds
they would put me through
And let ’em down real easy
It’s the least that I can do
’Cause when in doubt, why spell it out?
Instead just don’t call back, yeah, don’t call back, yeah, don't call back oo ooh! Don’t call back, yeah,
don’t call back, yeah, don't call back

V E R S E 2
I’ve been going with this woman
for, like, practically a year
And i’ve taken her to wine tastings
I’ve whispered in her ear
But when she says I love you
Well, I always tell her, “yep”
And it makes me wince when she drops hints
about taking it to the next step
Now how can I push her away?
When I know what she wants me to say?
Hmm… hey!

C H O R U S 2
Don’t call back, just don’t call back.
She can leave a hundred messages,
I ain’t gonna be keeping track.
Don’t call back, just don’t call back.
Ignore her texts and telegrams
And cards and flowers too
I’ll piss her off so much until
she's really glad we're through
I know she’ll hear me loud and clear
Long as I don’t call back, yeah,
Don’t call back, yeah, don't call back, etc.

B R I D G E
Awkward
It’s so awkward
Trying to find the things to say
It’s much more chill to sneak away
Too much information
Don’t get all explicit here.
It’s not that I don’t want to see
somebody gettin’ hurt
It’s just the truth can be a little difficult to blurt

V E R S E 3
Oh, whoops! I've fallen down a well
Yes, it seems that's what I've done
Who puts a well outside a winery?
And, like, facing in the sun?
Now the water's getting colder
and it's hard to stay afloat
I’m all alone, I’ve dropped my phone
and this screaming is hurting my throat.
I see you peer over the wall
Pretending you can’t hear me call
Hey-hey, down here, y’all!

C H O R U S 3 A
Don’t call back
Seriously? You don’t call back?
The non-chalance of your non-response
is an interesting tack
Don’t call back
All right, just don’t call back
You’re thinking to yourself
Why should this burden fall to you?
To put you on the spot
That’s such a cheeky thing to do
Why get involved? It’s easily solved if you

C H O R U S 3 B
Don’t call back, yeah, don’t call back
But if in spite of your indifference
I survive this waterloo
When I pull myself to freedom
That’s a day you’re gonna rue
I’ll settle score when I ignore
each and every one of you.
You’ll all be toast when I go ghost
and simply don’t call back, etc.

credits

from Levity & Novelty, released February 1, 2020
lead & bgd vocals, bass & banjo: Brian Woodbury; drums & percussion: Andy Sanesi; guitars: Sam Woodbury; 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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