The Smile He Took Away

from Balladry & Soliloquy by Brian Woodbury

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written by Brian Woodbury; arranged by Brian Woodbury & Marc Muller


V E R S E 1
She used to light the room.
She’d share her smile so freely.
A laugh for everyone.
And I was hers completely.
But she was never mine.
So much I wanted to say
I guess I missed my chance
For that sweet smile he took away

V E R S E 2
At first he came to stare
So tough and yet so helpless.
He found her welcome eyes,
And burned until she melted.
Too soon it was too late.
I never asked her to stay.
By now I should move on,
But for that smile he took away.

And she’s still smiling in my mind.
And I’m still hanging on to that lifeline,
That once-in-a-lifetime.

V E R S E 3
Guess what? He broke her heart.
She’s gone where he can’t find her.
To try and start again.
And put that life behind her.
I saw her in this bar.
She’s just the same to this day –
Same voice and hair and face,
All but that smile he took away.


from Balladry & Soliloquy, released July 1, 2020
vocals, mandolin, bass: Brian Woodbury; acoustic, pedal steel: Marc Muller; drums, percussion: Jonathan Feinberg


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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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