Next Time I See You

from Antipathy & Ideology by Brian Woodbury

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written and arranged by Brian Woodbury

lyrics

V E R S E 1 A
We fought you all, and it was bad
I thought we’d worked it out
With all we shared, the bonds we had
They never seemed in doubt

1 B
Stars and stripes, bowie knife
Turn of phrase, way of life
Bygone pastimes to play ball

1 C
I couldn’t read the writing of your scrawl
Till it had filled every wall

C H O R U S 1
But now you’ve done it. That’s a fact
You did the deed you can’t retract
It seems like just to prove you could do it

From ugly urges, petty gripes
Your bigotries and stereotypes
They blind you to how badly you blew it

It’s sympathy they say you want
But in return you lie and taunt
And piss on everybody below you

Well, the next time that I see you
I’ll pretend I don’t know you
I’ll pretend I don’t know you.

V E R S E 2 A
We won the war, we reached the moon
Put differences aside
Our victory lap - it came too soon
You thwarted all we tried

2 B
Women’s votes, civil rights
Working wage, those good fights
You’re so eager to undo

2 C
You take your turn and then you take mine too
Shake down that red, white and blue

C H O R U S 2
The benefit of every doubt
I’ve given you, you’ve worn it out
I’ll make no more apologies for you

‘Cause I’ve indulged all your complaints
With patience of a thousand saints
Bent over trying not to deplore you

Confessed my wrongs and made ’em right
We’ve both agreed and seen the light
Till you demand I once again show you
When I’ve paid you more than twice what I owe you

So, the next time that I see you
I’ll pretend I don’t know you
I’ll pretend I don’t know you.

B R I D G E
I know where you come from
But I don’t know where you’re coming from

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

3 B
Tragic flaw, second skin
Bosom foe, next of kin
Could I quit you once for good?

3 C
‘Cause there’s another where my brother stood
Crowned now with some other hood

C H O R U S 3
I’d wait for you to come around
But common sense will not be found
When one of us just won’t recognize it

There’s no use meeting you halfway
You move the goal post every day
And you don’t even try to disguise it

Our Reconstructions never last
For long enough to leave the past
I trust you ’bout as far’s I could throw you
Even God’s mercy is too good to bestow you
So I’ll do my best to block and to slow you

And the next time that I see you
I’ll pretend I don’t know you.

Yeah, the next time that I see you
I’ll admit I don’t know you
I’ll admit I don’t know you
No, I never did know you.

credits

from Antipathy & Ideology, released December 28, 2020
BW: vocals, acoustic, keyboards, bass; Marc Muller: electric guitars; Andy Sanesi: drums, percussion; Tulasi Rain: 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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