We Can't Breathe

from Antipathy & Ideology by Brian Woodbury

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written and arranged by Brian Woodbury

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H A L F C H O R U S
We can’t breathe
Until everyone can breathe
We can’t breathe
Until everyone...

V E R S E 1
We can’t breathe
With a nightstick that’s clutched at our throat
(We can’t breathe)
On the ground with a knee on our neck
(We can’t breathe)
With our hands cuffed in chains at our backs
(We can’t breathe)
Pepper spray in our mouths and our eyes
(We can’t breathe)
Even so, we refuse to be blind

C H O R U S
We can’t breathe
Until everyone can breathe
We can’t breathe
Until everyone can breathe
We can’t breathe
Until everyone can breathe
We can’t breathe
Until everyone can breathe

V E R S E 2
We can’t breathe
With the Covid invading our lungs
(We can’t breathe)
When each hospital bed has a price
(We can’t breathe)
Where a zipcode determines our fate
(We can’t breathe)
When our lives have no value at all
(We can’t breathe)
Then it’s time we demand what is ours

C H O R U S
We can’t breathe
Until everyone can breathe
We can’t breathe
Until everyone can breathe
We can’t breathe
Until everyone can breathe
We can’t breathe
Until everyone - can breathe

V E R S E 3
We can’t breathe
Not a whisper or word of dissent
(We can’t breathe)
In those places where protest is banned
(We can’t breathe)
Where the truth is dismembered and burned
(We can’t breathe)
Where injustices never get heard
(We can’t breathe)
Nonetheless, we will not be kept down

C H O R U S
We can’t breathe
Until everyone can breathe
We can’t breathe
Until everyone can breathe
We can’t breathe
Until everyone can breathe
We can’t breathe
Until everyone can breathe

V E R S E 4
We can’t breathe
When these fossils are choking our air
(We can’t breathe)
On a planet that’s setting on fire
(We can’t breathe)
With an ocean that’s dying or dead
(We can’t breathe)
While they keep on repeating the lie
(Don’t believe)
Nothing’s wrong and no more can be done

C H O R U S
We can’t breathe
Until everyone can breathe
We can’t breathe
Until everyone can breathe
We can’t breathe
Until everyone can breathe
We can’t breathe
Until everyone, till everyone, till everyone
We all can breathe

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from Antipathy & Ideology, released December 28, 2020
BW: vocals, acoustic guitar, bass; Marc Muller: electric guitars; Jonathan Feinberg: drums, percussion; Amy Keys, Tulasi Rain, Johnny Unicorn, Elma Mayer: 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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