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written by Brian Woodbury and Phil Ward; arranged by Brian Woodbury

lyrics

V E R S E 1
I got a notice in the mail today that caught me up short
A summons from the Maricopca Criminal Court
Like every other time I decided to ignore’t
Talk about lame

So I shoved it in a drawer with my spare rubber bands
Out of sight, out of mind, definitely out of my hands
’Cause anyone with half an IQ understands
How to play that game

P R E - C H O R U S 1
Give me a break

C H O R U S 1
Only suckers fools and cranky old men serve jury duty
Not people like me who get up at ten - not jury duty
I've got somethin’ to do and places to be
Not cooped up inside, I've got to be free
Well, it may be for you but it isn't for me
Not jury duty

V E R S E 2
I won’t go bowin’ down or kowtowin’ to the man
I don’t recycle any kind of bottle or a can
I’m not what you would call a “civic duty” fan
I blaze my own trail

Any damn day I please I’m gonna water my lawn
Never use my blinkers. I leave my brights on
No one’s gonna make me a government pawn
Keep your summons outta my mail

P R E - C H O R U S 2
Don’t tread on me

C H O R U S
Only people with too much time on their hands do jury duty
Only people who’ve got no significant plans do jury duty
I got places to go and people to see
Not stuck with some upright citizenry
It might do it for you, but it doesn’t for me
Not jury duty

I N S T R U M E N T A L
- dobro solo -

V E R S E 3
Since I knew I’d probably never get ’em to exempt me
I returned the next summons the bastards sent me
With a fabricated forwarding address in Tempe
Psych!

But a couple months later, illegal U-turn
The cops pull me over, no cause for concern
Till they run my license, and, come to learn
The fake address I’d given turned out to be a crack house under FBI surveillance

P R E - C H O R U S 3
I wouldn’t cop a plea
But now, alas, I see

C H O R U S 3
Only suckers and fools and cranky old men are doin’ jury duty
Only jerks who enjoy puttin’ folks in the pen are doin’ jury duty
Their hearts are all stone, they laugh at my tears
They’re lockin’ me up for twenty-five years
I don’t understand why there’s none of my peers doin’
jury duty

E X T E N S I O N
They put me away and tossed out the key
I’m cooped up inside, I’ll never be free
If only there’d been more people like me doin’ jury duty

credits

from Antipathy & Ideology, released December 28, 2020
BW: vocals, bass; Marc Muller: acoustic guitar, dobro; Jonathan Feinberg: spoons, shaker; Dan Cubert: mountain dancing, misc. percussion; Ben Powell: violin

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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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