Don't Let It Hit You on the Way Out

from Balladry & Soliloquy by Brian Woodbury

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written & arranged by Brian Woodbury

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V E R S E 1
You chose these streets to waste your youth
These night clubs for your striving
The stage lights’ glare to dim your luster

Your timing meets the bitter truth
Your moment’s not arriving
This town takes more than you can muster
(It’s chewin’ you up)

A circle line to nowhere
It’s gone before you get there
You ought to know, it’s time to go

C H O R U S 1
Don’t let it hit you on the way out
This town was all a big mistake
You made a choice and let it play out
Well, that was your unlucky break
So if you see a brighter day out
Say out loud that you’re glad to be through
And once you’re out that door then stay out
Don’t let it hit you on the way out

V E R S E 2
Now in your heart your bags are packed
And all that’s left is the leavin’
There’s no good reason you should linger

You say you’ll to start your second act
You’ll quit and call it even
This town that’s giving you the finger
(And spittin’ you out)

You couldn’t strike its fancy
You failed to hail that taxi
This city’s hexed. It hollers, “Next!”

C H O R U S 2
Don’t let it hit you on the way out
You never really stood a chance
You never understood the layout
You couldn’t cop a New York stance
And you wore every old cliche out
Way out, this town doesn’t care about you.
If you walk out that door then stay out
Don’t let it hit you on the way out

B R I D G E
When you first came
You thought you were entitled
Ready for fame
Until your life was idled
As you retreat
You maybe should consider
Where is defeat
If the quitter doesn’t go?

C H O R U S 3
Don’t let it hit you on the way out
That this is right where you belong
It never was about the payout
No, it was all about the throng
Don’t take a flight from JFK out
Pray out, before it’s too late to undo
You won’t get back in once you stray out
Don’t let it hit you on the way out
If you walk out that door you’ll stay out
Don’t let it hit you on the way out

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from Balladry & Soliloquy, released July 1, 2020
vocals, acoustic guitar: Brian Woodbury; electric & slide guitars, bass: Marc Muller; drums, percussion: Joe Berardi

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Brian Woodbury Los Angeles, California

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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