Into The Mirror

by Leslie Hudson

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1.
Cracked 04:02
There is a part of me that’s leaving And a part of you that’s gone I don’t know how I should be feeling But I know where it went wrong In the chaos of emotion I can’t see a single star Fighting back against the maelstrom 'Til I don’t know who we are I am bleeding but I’m quiet You are wounded and you scream Close my heart so I won’t fear you And my eyes but it’s no dream For a moment in the darkness Thought I was blind I let it take me 'til I made up my mind I am cracked but I’m not broken You’ll never break me down I won’t be silent any longer I won’t give it up and drown I am splinters wrapped together You can throw me on the fire I am rising from the ashes Like a phoenix of desire There is a part of me that’s grieving For the part of you that shone I can’t explain the things I’m feeling I just know we don’t belong In the remnant of devotion Like a firefly in a jar Fading slowly into nothing Didn’t know we’d come this far We’re diverging, you are distant I can’t find the words to say You’re a memory in the mirror You’re a part of yesterday I am cracked but I’m not broken You’ll never break me down I won’t be silent any longer I won’t give it up and drown I am splinters wrapped together You can throw me on the fire I am rising from the ashes Like a phoenix of desire And I cut the cord that has tied me here to you Don’t wanna let the loss linger, no Fall for the first time without you catching me Somehow I land on my feet, so I cut the cord that has tied me here to you Don’t wanna let the loss linger, no Fall for the first time without you catching me Somehow I land on my feet, you know This regret has made me restless I’m moving on Into the flicker of another dawn I am cracked but I’m not broken You’ll never break me down I won’t be silent any longer I won’t give it up and drown I am splinters wrapped together You can throw me on the fire I am rising from the ashes Like a phoenix of desire You’ll never break me down I won’t be silent any longer I won’t give it up and drown I am splinters wrapped together You can throw me on the fire I am rising from the ashes Like a phoenix of desire And I cut the cord that has tied me here to you Don’t wanna let the loss linger, no Fall for the first time without you catching me Somehow I land on my feet, so I cut the cord that has tied me here to you Don’t wanna let the loss linger, no Fall for the first time without you catching me Somehow I land on my feet, so go
2.
Ladies, can you tell me Have you heard this before Have you ever had a moment Where you end up on the floor And no, you don't know how you got there You came for dessert Now that his hands have found Their way up your skirt Oh-oh-oohh, here we go again Oh-oh-oohh, what is it with men Oh-oh-oohh, here we go, here we go again, yeah Oh-oh-oohh, here we go-o-o-o They’re gonna sweep you off your feet When you have found them again They’re gonna sweep you off your feet When you have found them again Got a heart of darkness Got a heart of gold It doesn't matter in the end 'Cause we're all growin' old And yeah, the moment may have meaning The darkness may have fire But you're naked in the morning When you've spent your desire Oh-oh-oohh, here we go again Oh-oh-oohh, what is it with men Oh-oh-oohh, here we go, here we go again, yeah Oh-oh-oohh, here we go-o-o-o They’re gonna sweep you off your feet When you have found them again They’re gonna sweep you off your feet When you have found them again Drivin' with your shades on And your coffee cup Yeah, he was down and he was out When you were already up And yes, that dress had fewer wrinkles When you wore it yesterday But yesterday's tomorrow was a long way away You know that Yesterday's tomorrow was a long way away Oh-oh-oohh, here we go again Oh-oh-oohh, what is it with men Oh-oh-oohh, here we go, here we go again, yeah Oh-oh-oohh, here we go-o-o-o They’re gonna sweep you off your feet When you have found them again They’re gonna sweep you off your feet When you have found them again Ladies, can you tell me Have you heard this before Has he ever come a-knockin’ When you’ve closed that door
3.
Husband had I and wife had he Each with our children on our knees But I didn't fight when he came for me Dreaming as one that we were free I and my lover we hatched a plan Wrapped up my youngest and swiftly ran Started anew on a foreign land This miner's lady with gold in her hand, oh The sun it is setting down into the waves The currents are crossing What is it he craves? I must possess you, my beauty, he raved It is pulling me under And I cannot be saved Two children born to him and I Under the neighbours' watchful eyes Showing them all our most practiced disguise One step ahead of all our lies, oh The sun it is setting down into the waves The currents are crossing What is it he craves? I must possess you, my beauty, he raved It is pulling me under And I cannot be saved Well I remember my last day Out with my lover on the bay Safe in our home our two children did play Only this son of mine did stay, oh Oars in the water make no sound Here's where my boat turns upside down Here's where my son and I were drowned Haunting the shore where we never were found, oh The sun it is setting down into the waves The currents are crossing What is it he craves? I have possessed you, my beauty, he raved It is pulling me under And I cannot be No, we cannot be Oh, he's the only one tonight Who will be saved But not from me No, not from me Ah, oars in the water
4.
Already Gone 03:31
Lyin' on the floor Starin' at the wall Waitin' for the phone to ring But you've already called Tryin' on that dress You gave to me last fall I can still remember The moment that we stalled And I can taste your salt upon my lips And I can hear you breathing And I can smell your body on my skin But I can feel me leaving And I have to let you go Yes, I have to let you go And you can get up and go 'Cause I'm already gone I'm already gone Slipping from these sheets I gather up my clothes Pack them in a suitcase While both your eyes are closed I never meant to stay I'm not the one you chose I'm followin' the wind Whichever way it blows And I still taste your salt upon my lips And I still hear you breathing And I still smell your body on my skin But I can feel me leaving And I have to let you go Yes, I have to let you go Now you can get up and go 'Cause I'm already gone I'm already gone It's easy to recover From a shallow lover's wound I have no doubt You will discover That you're better off So I have to let you go Yes, I have to let you go Now you can get up and go 'Cause I'm already gone I'm already gone I'm already gone I’m already gone
5.
Doppelganger 04:59
Back against the wall Laugh it off, let it slide Plot like Dr Jekyll And play like Mr Hyde Livin' off the fume Drink it in, breathe it deep Jekyll is the dreamer But it's Hyde who will let you sleep Doppelganger Double-edged Bury me tonight Down where all the demons go Keep me out of sight One recedes so one may rise Keep the status quo Angels, when you come for me Bury me below Limbo is the lure Nothing felt, nothing found Jekyll has no memory And Hyde don't make no sound Siren on the wind Little lies in the black Jekyll tries to warn you That Hyde, he is comin' back Doppelganger Double-edged Bury me tonight Down where all the demons go Keep me out of sight One recedes so one may rise Keep the status quo Angels, when you come for me Bury me below Stumblin' is easy When there's no one there to see Don't look back, my friend And don't you dare come back for me Stumblin' is easy When there's no one there to see Don't look back, my friend And don't you dare come back for Dare come back for me Bottom of the glass Lift it up, let it bide Here's to Dr Jekyll And cheers to Mr Hyde Knock upon this door If you must, but beware Jekyll made the monster And Hyde will never ever care Doppelganger Double-edged Bury me tonight Down where all the demons go Keep me out of sight One recedes so one may rise Keep the status quo Angels, when you come for me Bury me below
6.
Shadowing 03:33
Call it crowing when I am calling for help When I am shouting from the rooftops To look out below For the falling debris from the top shelf Is it showing beneath the hem of my skirt Where I have tucked in my white feathers And stopped up the flow With the messages scrawled on my t-shirts I'm all-knowing until I look in the mirror And see the surface of the body I cannot outgrow Through the eyes of a blasphemous seer I can see I'm Shadowing Everything Shadowing A raven's wing Disbelieving that I deserve to be heard Above the murmurs of the masses And loathe to receive admiration When I'm not a songbird I'm deceiving every casual romance 'Cause I know how to work a black dress The right way to breathe On my toes in my heels for the last dance (I deceive, I deceive) Incompleting the very passes I'm thrown Afraid of showing that I've got talons And blood on my beak As I sharpen it here on your whetstone I can see I'm Shadowing Everything Shadowing A raven's wing When the wind blows I let it carry me My raucous laugh can be infectious I know others have been here before me But I am here now And this is precious I've been learning how to sail with the tide To measure monuments and mountains The way to discern domination From fear and a fool's pride I can see I'm Shadowing Everything Shadowing A raven's wing I am yearning for the moment I break And I embrace disintegration 'Cause then I will earn that one moment of loss For its own sake And reawaken
7.
I go on believin' You're the pill I need to take You go on deceivin' Bend the bough that wants to break I go on believin' You're the pill I need to take So I'm not leavin' Bend this bough until it breaks I would like to find the words To tell you how it feels To pull you from the gravity That is dragging at your heels It has been so hard Pulling out the shards Splintered glass cuts deep Lip service is cheap But I go on believin' You're the pill I need to take You go on deceivin' Bend the bough that wants to break I go on believin' You're the pill I need to take So I'm not leavin' Bend this bough until it breaks I would like to find a way To keep from going blind To step back from the twister That is spinning in your mind I have weathered shame Holding on to blame Shoulders bowing down Knees upon the ground Should I go on believin' You're the pill I need to take You'll go on deceivin' Bend the bough that wants to break I go on believin' You're the pill I need to take So I'm not leavin' Bend this bough until it breaks I have grown so tired That I barely even sleep Buried here in clutter I've forgotten how to sweep So I won't go on believin' You're the pill I need to take You'll go on deceivin' Bend this bough until it breaks I won't go on believin' You're the pill I need to take So I am leavin' Mend this heart before it breaks Mend this heart before it breaks Mend this heart before it breaks Before it breaks Break it off Break it off Break it off
8.
Teach me to embrace a shadow Hold me in your hands, immobile Ask me to uncover wisdom Pull me into bleakest night Temporary madness All-consuming sadness Nightmare inescapable Dorcha, she comes Wounds, she will cauterize Epona's Wild Daughter rides Owl-borne through every storm Dorcha, she comes Driving on toward the darkness Facing paralytic terror Gazing into the black mirror Searching for the road ahead Temporary madness All-consuming sadness Nightmare inescapable Dorcha, she comes Wounds, she will cauterize Epona's Wild Daughter rides Owl-borne through every storm Dorcha, she comes Share the journey now with me Starry-crowned epiphany Unearth remains that haunt the heart Unflinchingly Understand the rage in me The sage I'll be The mage you see Bring to light the page to be yet written Temporary madness All-consuming sadness Nightmare inescapable Dorcha, she comes Wounds, she will cauterize Epona's Wild Daughter rides Owl-borne through every storm Dorcha, she comes
9.
Honey 03:22
Honey, you are honey on my tongue So much sweeter than the sting ever unsung Honey, we create it from the flower dust Whenever flower lust takes wing Summer soft rolling in Like thunder in the distance without resistance Linden heavy on the breeze An opiate of daydreams Honey wine’s a sweet gone sour It changes over time It happens down the line Honey, you’re a velvet hour A sweetness so sublime A luminary sometime Drifting on the river of perception That flows between the moment and reflection Uplifting to be floating here beside you Whatever you and I do or say Summer rain rolling in With thunder in the distance beyond resistance Little rivulets are these Our tributary daydreams Honey wine’s a sweet gone sour It changes over time It happens down the line Honey, you’re a velvet hour A sweetness so sublime A luminary sometime Barefooting my senses I have shed all my defenses Now I’m breathing in Honey wine’s a sweet gone sour It changes over time It happens down the line Honey, you’re a velvet hour A sweetness so sublime A luminary sometime Honey, you are honey on my tongue So much sweeter than the sting, my love
10.
Where are you when I need you To watch me struggle through Not to save me I can swim Just to bear a witness to A moment made all the sweeter with you Can't remember how it felt When you were my best bet That's a lie I should have said That I really can't forget A moment made ever bitter with you There's a line but it bends Where it smudges Where it fades An illusion drawn between us And a memory over-played Find a way around it if you can, my dear But I have my doubt Go and find a way around it if you can, my dear But I have my doubt Thought that you could weather it From one state to the next But it's harder than it looks When you've got your every muscle flexed A moment made out on a tether with you There's a line but it bends Where it smudges Where it fades An illusion drawn between us And a memory over-played Find a way around it if you can, my dear But I have my doubt Go and find a way around it if you can, my dear But I have my doubt ‘Cause there's a line but it bends Where it smudges Where it fades An illusion drawn between us And a memory over-played Find a way around it if you can, my dear But I have my doubt Go and find a way around it if you can, my dear But I have my doubt Go and find a way around it if you can Go and find a way around it if you can You can find a way around it if you can, my dear But I have my doubt Oh I have my doubt My dear, my doubt My dear, my doubt My dear, my doubt My dear, my doubt
11.
Little Fish 04:03
Little fish swimming In the deep blue sea Just a little bit bigger Than she thought she'd be Little fish swimming In the deep blue sea She's just a little bit bigger Than she thought she'd be Made my home in this fishing bowl You said I would do much better in an aquarium Where the oxygen is pumped into your very lungs You know you'll get a better view from the solarium So I jumped ship via the fishing nets You said I couldn't bring along a single thing And the past is the past, my sweet, my pretty pet With sugar on your tongue And just a little sting Little fish swimming In the deep blue sea Just a little bit bigger Than she thought she'd be Little fish swimming In the deep blue sea She's just a little bit bigger Than she thought she'd be So I jumped in and I dove head first You said, you'd better bring a light So you can glow in the dark For every single note that I have over-rehearsed There's another wave to ride To make my water-mark Thought that I had brought it Just a little too late But I won't let the current Determine my fate Thought that I had brought it Just a little too late But I won't let the current Determine, determine, determine Determine, determine, determine Determine, determine my fate My fate, no Little fish swimming In the deep blue sea Just a little bit bigger Than she thought she'd be Little fish swimming In the deep blue sea She's just a little bit bigger Than she thought she'd be Than she thought she'd be She's just a little bit bigger Than she thought she'd be A little fish swimming In the deep blue sea
12.
Estranged but still in view Opaque and looking through The wind brake there between A picture perfect scene And I can whisper like a zephyr And I can howl like a gale Go as dead as any calm Cut a twister-littered trail Any way the wind blows Couldn’t fight against the current if we tried Any way the wind blows Couldn’t fight against the current if we tried And we tried If I should forge ahead Deny the watershed Be tethered still in kind In body, heart and mind I would wither on the zephyr And I would cower in the gale Go as dead as any calm On a twister-littered trail Any way the wind blows Couldn’t fight against the current if we tried Any way the wind blows Couldn’t fight against the current if we tried Any way the wind blows Any way the wind blows Couldn’t fight against the current if we tried And we tried Tried Tried Tried

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Leslie Hudson Stratford, Ontario

Leslie Hudson is a Canadian singer songwriter and pianist. Her albums range from storytelling styles to bluesy bar rock to dialed-up, full-band homages to pop culture. With lyrical piano skills and a voice that cuts through the crowd, her songs dive deep into archetype and folklore, modernizing ancient voices as she shines a spotlight on the shadowy paths we walk through life, myth and media. ... more

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