Take a Hike

from Balladry & Soliloquy by Brian Woodbury

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written & arranged by Brian Woodbury

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V E R S E 1
When my mind’s goin’ cubicle
And there’s gridlock in my soul
My punch clocks and my lunch box
Have defined me

Need to get by a whippoorwill
Stand of trees to make me whole
I need a lungful of mountain air
To remind me

P R E - C H O R U S 1
I hop the five up to ninety nine
To the heart of the watershed
Time to hear what the mule deer’s
Tryin’ to tell me

C H O R U S 1
To take a hike and just get lost
Eagle pass is all it cost
Every step counts on the road to bein’ free

Fall asleep by falling stars
Don’t need internet or cars
Bringing back the words my daddy said to me
Just take a hike and you can keep the memory

P O S T - C H O R U S
Leave only footprints
Take a hike, take a hike
(Leave only footprints)
Only footprints
Take a hike, take a hike
(Leave only footprints)
Only footprints

V E R S E 2
I climb along side a waterfall
By the old Ahwanee track
Smell a breeze full of butterscotch
From the pine wood

Hold my breath in the quietness
Sky so blue it’s nearly black
Wouldn’t heaven compare to this?
I know mine would

P R E - C H O R U S 2
Pitch a camp by a riverside
Skinny dip in a mountain pond
Couple days from the trailhead
And still goin’

C H O R U S 2
Take a hike and hit the trail
And remember to inhale
Ponder ponderosa far as I can see

No karaoke sing along
When we join the campfire song
Underneath the purple mountain’s majesty
And may it stay the way it’s always meant to be

P O S T - C H O R U S
Leave only footprints
Take a hike, take a hike
(Leave only footprints)
Only footprints
Take a hike, take a hike
(Leave only footprints)
Only footprints

B R I D G E
Echo, echo, echo, echo, echo, echo, echo

C H O R U S 3
I take a hike and find my life
A sleepin’ bag, a pocket knife
Mind the bears and tie the food up in a tree

I trek across that mountain range
To see a place that mustn't change
And we keep it wild 'cause that's what keeps us free
Bringing back the words my daddy said to me

P O S T - C H O R U S
Leave only footprints
Take a hike, take a hike
(Leave only footprints)
(Take a hike)
Only footprints
Take a hike, take a hike
(Take a hike)
(Leave only footprints)
Only footprints, etc.

credits

from Balladry & Soliloquy, released July 1, 2020
vocals, acoustic & baritone guitars, bass: Brian Woodbury; background vocals: Tulasi Rain; violin: Benjamin Powell; penny whistle: Mark Hollingsworth; drums, percussion: Andy Sanesi

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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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