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from Balladry & Soliloquy by Brian Woodbury

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written & arranged by Brian Woodbury


V E R S E 1
I’m a guy who was born
With a – song in my heart
With a story to be told
And plenty of truth to impart

But when I get put on the spot
Like a dork in headlights, I’m stuck
All my skills evaporate
I stop before I start

C H O R U S 1
I just can’t be spontaneous
By the time I think of what to say
The perfect moment’s passed away
My wherewithal with words becomes extraneous
Why can’t I be - spontaneous?

V E R S E 2
Well, some folks have the knack
They can – riff, they can jam
They make wisecracks off the cuff
They can scat, they can spin, they can slam

They’re flirting or giving a speech
They’re soloing on the guitar
It’s all so effortless for them
But that’s not who I am

C H O R U S 2
Forget extemporaneous
They say, “Take it, Brian, go for broke!”
But that’s my recipe to choke
It comes out maladroit and miscellaneous
Why can’t I be – spontaneous?

Wait! Shouldn’t it be sponta-NEE-ity?
Either way that careless deity
Always makes me feel I’ve sinned

I’ll abandon all abandon
I will not leave my fate to chance
I’ll work it all out in advance
Grab caution from the wind

C H O R U S 3
Why should I be spontaneous?
No, I’m not content to merely blurt
Like some unfiltered extrovert
I’m thoughtful, I’m delib’rate, I’m restraineous
I don’t wanna be….

C H O R U S 4
Who cares! I’m not complain-eous
’Cause for me the spark can best be caught
The moment I say “Hold that thought!”
Fruition’s sometimes non-contemporaneous
I don’t have to be spontaneous


from Balladry & Soliloquy, released July 1, 2020
vocals, piano: Brian Woodbury; violin: Benjamin Powell: upright bass: Edwin Livingston; drums, percussion: Mark Pardy; additional 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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