The Brain

from Levity & Novelty by Brian Woodbury

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V E R S E 1
What makes the loathsome psychopath
Hike a path of evil?
Exploring every cruelty and excess?
To spike the punch with ipecac
Or microwave a weevil
The cause has long been anybody's guess
Just how can he achieve
the satisfaction that he wants
From biting chicken’s heads off
With sadistic nonchalance?
What fills him with the savagery
To thrill from causing pain?
We now know that the answer is his brain

C H O R U S 1
A-ha! His brain makes him do it
His brain makes him do it
It makes him vivisect his victims,
then extract their suet
So do not cast aspersions,
He should not endure the stain
The fault lies not with him but with his brain

V E R S E 2
What gives the firm believer
Such a fever for her God?
So certain of a presence she has felt?
Transcendence and epiphanies
that sound a little odd
Unless you’ve walked a mile where she’s knelt
What makes the Muslim face the east
And bow and all that stuff?
What makes the born-again convinced
That once was not enough?
What gives the faithful one the faith
her faith will never wane?
A familiar aberration of the brain

C H O R U S 2
That’s all! Her brain makes her do it
Her brain makes her do it
The God Spot in her cortex
Gets a neural impulse to it
Religious feelings science
heretofore could not explain
But now we’ve found the G-spot in her brain

B R I D G E
Do I really feel and think and mean
what I hope I mean?
Nope, it’s only serotonin, noradrenalin and dopamine
Every notion or mood, passing thought, attitude
That I have, or forget, or repress, or memorize
Can be best understood just by scanning my brain
with a series of MRIs

V E R S E 3
What makes the newly amorous
So clamorous and wild?
To feel they fit each other like a glove?
They grope, mope, or elope
They free their inner feral child
What gives them this delusion they’re in love?
They adulate and fawn and dote
With sighs and coos and chirps
Appreciate each other’s farts,
Complete each other’s burps
What makes them lose all reason,
Just to suffer through such strain?
A condition of the post-pubescent brain

C H O R U S 3
You see? The brain makes them do it
The brain makes them do it
It gets gonads to go, pituitaries to pituit
And everything they feel is magic really is quite plain
The part they call the heart is in the brain

C H O R U S 4
Ho-ho! Your brain makes you do it
Your brain makes you do it
It makes you doubt, associate,
guess, wonder and intuit
And all complex experience
Is nothing so arcane
Just signals and receptors in your brain

E X T E N S I O N
And if you think this explanation sounds a bit inane
Don't fret your pretty head, that’s just your brain
Try not to overthink it, it’s your brain
Just get it through your thick skull
It’s your brain

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from Levity & Novelty, released February 1, 2020
vocal: Brian Woodbury; piano & arrangement: Peter Lurye

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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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