The melody and trumpet were the original draws to “Never Been Brave.” It wasn’t until later that we arrived at an appreciation for the lyrics. Most songs have simple-to-digest messages, because the songwriter either has limited lyrical skills or a lack of confidence in listeners (we would suffer from the former). Skillfully written lyrics may include statements that trigger a Huh?-Ohh! sequence in which the listener requires a moment to interpret the line before appreciating its expression. Just as an example, instead of merely stating “I’m not brave,” the song from Les Biches provides an illustration in Yoda-speak: “To skate the frozen lake I've never been brave.” The lyrics of “Never Been Brave” are included at the bottom of this post.
Les Biches (lay-bee-shez) is the moniker of Keith Joyner in Los Angeles. We wish more artists listed musicians who deserve credit for their contributions to a song: