His Last Regret

from Balladry & Soliloquy by Brian Woodbury

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written & arranged by Brian Woodbury & John thomas Oaks


V E R S E 1
Another white-out morning
Just like each November day
A chilly quarter-mile walk
Far above the foggy bay

The bridge is near invisible
But he steps up calm and clear
In the sureness of the choice that led him here

C H O R U S 1
Now he's going down
Leaping from the sorrows he could not forget
Down down
To leave the pain that made his life a losing bet
But now he has one more regret

V E R S E 2
The world becomes slow motion
But he’s clear and so alive
The wind has drowned out what made sense
Right before he took that dive

The water’s coming closer now
And with more remorse than fear
He can only blame himself for why he’s here

C H O R U S 2
And he's going down
Down through every disappointment,
doubt and debt
Down down
Besides his last mistake, they’re fixable, no sweat
And all he has is one regret

The water takes him
Somehow he grabs a breath
Then he's swimming
Up away from death

V E R S E 3
Well, he’s put that Fall behind him
And his tumble from the bridge
And the days stretch out before him now
Up on Tamalpais Ridge

Though his struggles aren’t over
His faith is always near
And at last he knows exactly why he’s here

C H O R U S 3
After going down
Past the darkest shadows where the heart can get
Down down
He’s reached the deepest part
Where hope can be reset
’Cause life ain’t over yet
He’s living with no more regret


from Balladry & Soliloquy, released July 1, 2020
vocals & co-arranging: Brian Woodbury; piano: John thomas Oaks; cello: Maggie Parkins; percussion: 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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