Why Can't It Be Like it Was?

from Antipathy & Ideology by Brian Woodbury

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written and arranged by Brian Woodbury

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V E R S E 1 A
Why can’t it be like it was
when our cassettes hit rewind,
Back when the future was ours
and President Nixon resigned?

V E R S E 1 B
Things were all starting to change
The Senate-approved E.R.A.
We finally left Vietnam.
People said, “Have a nice day.”

C H O R U S 1
Why can’t it be like it was?
Why can’t it be like it was going to be?
Why can’t it be like it was?
The world we all thought we could see,
Like it was.

V E R S E 2 A
Women and men could be friends.
Everyone seemed to be bi.
I’m okay, you’re okay too.
On the street, people got high.

V E R S E 2 B
Switching to meters and grams.
We’d legalize victimless crime.
Then solar power the world.
There was still plenty of time.

C H O R U S 2
Why can’t it be like it was?
Why can’t it be like it was going to be?
Almost but not quite enough.
Though everyone seemed to agree
That it was.

B R I D G E
It’s not that I’d choose to
live just like we used to
Somehow, somehow…
But it’s not even close to
What it was supposed to be
By now…

V E R S E 3 (B)
We started saving the whales.
No more nukes not far behind.
It was all gonna come true,
When President Nixon resigned.

C H O R U S 3
Why can’t it be like it was?
Why can’t it be like it was going to be?
Just when the going got tough,
We coulda held on, couldn’t we?

C H O R U S 4
Why did we have to give up?
Couldn’t it be like it was going to be?
Let’s start from where we left off
By setting our old future free.
’Cause if we try, why can’t it be
Like it was?

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from Antipathy & Ideology, released December 28, 2020
BW: vocals, bass, FX; Sam Woodbury: acoustic guitars; Jonathan Feinberg: drums, percussion; Maggie Parkins: cello; Dan Cubert: FX

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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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