Lucy, I'm Home

from Antipathy & Ideology by Brian Woodbury

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written and arranged by Brian Woodbury and Van Dyke Parks

lyrics

V E R S E 1 A
There’s ninety miles between Manuel and Cuba
That’s as the Osprey flies. Well, so does time
These sixty years he’s waiting to unexile
He still relives their crime

V E R S E 1 B
He’s just one more expropriated expat
They took his farm, his Chevy Bel Air
He lost it all to traitor campesinos
His only light stayed there

P R E - C H O R U S 1
Oh, some day, come what may
He’ll come take her away
Though she chose to stay
He will pray
He can sway
Her to stray
Drinkin’ rum
And Cuba libre

C H O R U S 1
“Lucy, I’m home
Lucy, I’m home“
But it’s not his home to choose
And so he must refuse
Till nothing’s left to
Lucy, I’m home

P O S T - C H O R U S
Gimme some sugar
Gimme some sugar

V E R S E 2 A
For sixty years Sue has been a true believer
The old new left, with tales left to tell
She walks the walk, a lonely fellow traveler
A wet spot for Fidel

V E R S E 2 B
She’s chained herself to chains of chain link fences
Miami old folks home volunteer
A border witness, Everglades protector
One beacon helps her steer

P R E - C H O R U S 2
And it’s Che, fearless Che
His life not his cliche
He’s her shining ray
Through the fray
Re-runs play
To this day
No cigar
“Venceremos”

C H O R U S 2
Lucy, I’m home
(BGD: Heeding the call)
Lucy, I’m home
(BGD: Havana Ball)
Chickens coming home to roost
The bosses are vamoosed
The workers’ chains are
Lucy, I’m home

P O S T - C H O R U S
Gimme some sugar
Gimme some sugar

B R I D G E
Dementia’s thrown a wrench
into Manuel’s retirement plans
When Sue works at the home
she has to fight his grabby hands
She brings his cafe.
He paws at her candy pinafore
He says, “Just two more sugar cubes,
mi Lucy, por favor”

C H O R U S 3
“Lucy, I’m home
(BGD: Where have you gone?)
Lucy, I’m home“
(BGD: !No pasaran!)
Sue knows that if you make a truce
Righties tie the noose
The left needs revo-
Lucy, I’m home

P O S T - C H O R U S
Gimme some sugar
Gimme some sugar

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from Antipathy & Ideology, released December 28, 2020
BW: vocals, piano; Van Dyke Parks: piano; Edwin Livingston: upright bass; Mark Pardy: percussion; Mark Hollingsworth: flutes; Kathi Funston: background vocals

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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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