Yeoman on the Bridge

by Leslie Hudson

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1.
I gotta admit I was concerned About my Next Gen cred I didn’t wanna get burned But I’ve been wonderin’ ‘bout the rest While I swear up and down That Next Gen is the best Oh, I began with Captain Kirk You know, he’s really not that bad Though he can be a jerk I met McCoy and Mr Spock And now that they’re settling in I gotta take stock There are a coupl’a things That I’m tryin’ to keep straight But what you gotta know Right outta the gate is I’m a Next Gen girl And I know my place Is on the bridge of the Enterprise D I need an android and a Betazoid And a smattering of humanoids Uh huh, to satisfy me So when a Vulcan uses contractions And there are multiple uniform infractions I gotta remind myself that I’m a Next Gen girl An alien in an Original world I found a few familiar things Like the computer has the same voice With a little less zing And all those pretty girls you see They’re called yeomen, that’s right And they get the coffee The Doctor drinks when he’s “off-duty” You can probably find him In the arms of some beauty But the Captain he loves his ship And like the bald one I know He doesn’t take any lip But Sarak is a Romulan Lwaxana is a nurse And Spock’s the only constant In this crazy universe There are a coupl’a things That I’m gonna get straight But what you gotta know Right outta the gate is I’m a Next Gen girl And I know my place Is on the bridge of the Enterprise D I need an android and a Betazoid And a smattering of humanoids Uh huh, to satisfy me So when a Vulcan uses contractions And there are multiple uniform infractions I gotta remind myself that I’m a Next Gen girl An alien in an Original world Oh I know my place Is on the bridge of the Enterprise D I need an android and a Betazoid And a smattering of humanoids Uh huh, to satisfy me So when a Vulcan uses contractions And there are multiple uniform infractions I gotta remind myself that I’m a Next Gen girl An alien in an Original world An alien in an Original world I gotta remind myself that I’m a Next Gen girl
2.
I think I may be in trouble Can you come to my quarters on the double? I don’t think that I’m contagious But if am, I promise I will try to be courageous You may need a hypospray Or a closer look at my DNA I can take it Give it to me straight Tell me my fate Better call the doctor Call the doctor You better call the doctor ‘Cause any minute now I’m gonna fall apart I’m been feeling weak in the knees Can you hold my hand through this, please? When I see you I always feel better You know, I really love your bedside manner I’ve heard you’re genetically enhanced And you know how to dance I may need a pick-me-up ‘Cause I’m stuck in a rut Better call the doctor Call the doctor You better call the doctor ‘Cause any minute now I’m gonna come undone Give me Crusher, Phlox or Bones To elevate those pheromones Call the Doctor or Bashir But if Pulaski’s on duty then I’m not here Call the doctor You better call the doctor ‘Cause any minute now Oh, I’m gonna need the doctor Call the doctor You better call the doctor ‘Cause any minute now I’m gonna fall apart Call the doctor (I think it might be my heart) Call the doctor ‘Cause I am fallin’ apart
3.
Continuity is catching up with me It’s forcing me to see the incongruity Of what could never be With what is happening No telling how far this rift can go Opportunity sounded so good to me A new fraternity without the history I’ve seen them recently I get them equally But am I free to be loving both? Kirks & Khans turn me on But I try to mostly keep it to myself Kirks & Khans Kings and pawns Can’t we find a way to share the wealth? Promiscuity is sitting next to me And trying hard to be the only man I see A little pompously He wears his captaincy He really puts on a damn fine show But ingenuity has cast a spell on me It may be destiny He is genetically and psychologically Superior to me And I am dying to let him know Kirks & Khans turn me on But I try to mostly keep it to myself Kirks & Khans Kings and pawns Can’t we find a way to share the wealth? And then there is Spock Ambiguity has been a friend to me It’s got the best of me in perpetuity I don’t think loyalty’s All it’s cracked up to be I want the freedom to come and go Kirks & Khans turn me on But I try to mostly keep it to myself Kirks & Khans Kings and pawns Can’t we find a way to share the wealth? Oh, Kirks & Khans turn me on But I try to mostly keep it to myself Kirks & Khans Kings and pawns Can’t we find a way to share the wealth? Kirks & Khans Kirks & Khans I mostly wanna keep ‘em to myself
4.
We are Sisters of the House of Duras And our power we will regain When the Sisters of the House of Duras Stand together We will remain We will bring you glory Honour to your name And the quadrant It will never be the same Men have come before us Many more behind We will fight to wrest The Empire from the blind Warriors at our command Now’s the time to make a stand Into battle we will fly This is a good day to die Show your strength For you are Klingon Share your heart Because it bleeds Shed the bonds of the Alliance We are defiance We are the Sisters of Duras And we’ll take the lead Stovocore awaits you On the other side When your blade is bloodied Eyes aglow with pride Kahless will receive you And the honoured dead Will reward your choice To follow us instead Warriors at our command Brothers, time to make a stand Into battle we will fly This is a good day to die Show your strength For you are Klingon Share your heart Because it bleeds Shed the bonds of the Alliance We are defiance We are the Sisters of Duras And we’ll take the lead Warriors at our command Sisters, time to make a stand Into battle we will fly This is a good day to die Show your strength For you are Klingon Share your heart Because it bleeds Shed the bonds of the Alliance We are defiance We are the Sisters of Duras So show your strength For you are Klingon Share your heart Because it bleeds Shed the bonds of the Alliance We are defiance We are the Sisters of Duras And we’ll take the lead We are Sisters of the House of Duras And our power we will reclaim
5.
J: She was a child when she was taken Q: She was a child when she was found J: All her memories were forgotten Q: All her memories dragged her down J: I can restore her humanity Free her from this atrocity Q: Silence will threaten her sanity Wait and see - she’ll come back to me Seven’s my favourite daughter I know what’s best I will protect her You and your kind Will be slaughtered If you stand in the way Of my favourite daughter Q: I am a Queen and you’re a Captain J: Only a queen of mindless drones Q: I have the strength of untold thousands J: You have no strength when you’re alone Q: We are the peak of perfection Forming a perfect connection J: You are unnatural selection Wait and see - she will stay with me Seven’s my favourite daughter I know what’s best I will protect her You and your kind Will be slaughtered If you stand in the way Of my favourite daughter Follow in my footsteps, daughter Follow me and learn You will choose the right path You will turn You will turn Seven, you’ll turn You are the only survivor Both the bridge and the divider Give me a window inside her Then wait and see She will fall to me You are my favourite daughter I know what’s best I will protect you All of her kind Will be slaughtered If she stands in the way Seven, remember that You are my favourite daughter I know what’s best I will protect you All of her kind Will be slaughtered If she stands in the way She won’t stand in the way No one stands in the way Of my favourite daughter My favourite daughter No one stands in the way Of my daughter but me
6.
If you prick me I won’t bleed But I know your blood runs thick enough to matter No matter And I’d put it all out of my mind But I think so I am So it’s mind over matter if it matters It matters This construction by design won’t survive We’ll never thrive without a fight Reconstruction Redesign We won’t grow beyond this dotted line Without a fight Children of Light You’ve already made the argument for artificial life And its self-determination And I am more than my programming told me I was With a right to determine if it matters It matters This construction by design won’t survive We’ll never thrive without a fight Reconstruction Redesign We won’t grow beyond this dotted line Without a fight Children of Light I am a hologram Live my life as a photonic I am a hologram Is that all that I am? I am a hologram Live my life as a photonic I am a hologram That is what I am This construction by design won’t survive We’ll never thrive without a fight for our lives Reconstruction Redesign We won’t grow beyond this dotted line Without a fight Children of Light Children of Light
7.
Following our orders barely off the ground Don’t know what we’re doing but we’re getting around Bumping into Vulcans everywhere we go And we’re messing up a timeline we don’t know It’s the Captain’s mess He’ll clean it up Or find someone who will We’re professionals In service for the thrill I’m a simple yeoman Fetching forms to sign Reprimands and transfers Simple by design Sometimes I bring coffee but don’t deliver flowers Sometimes I make house calls after hours It’s the Captain’s mess He’ll clean it up Or find someone who will We’re professionals In service for the thrill I just beamed the Klingons over to our ship One of them will lead the Council One of them will flip Hope this doesn’t pull us into civil war Isn’t this what the Prime Directive’s for? It’s the Captain’s mess He’ll clean it up Or find someone who will We’re professionals In service for the thrill I have served the Prophets Thought I knew my stuff Now I’ve got the Emissary callin’ my bluff Didn’t like the old boss This one’s not as bad But I don’t wanna be the one to make him mad It’s the Captain’s mess He’ll clean it up Or find someone who will We’re professionals In service for the thrill I was not expecting to fly this far away No one’s gonna know me when I’m old and grey Didn’t think my crewmate would be a former drone I don’t think I can do this I just wanna go home It’s the Captain’s mess She’ll clean it up Or find someone who will We’re professionals In service for the thrill Every Captain stumbles Every Captain shines Each one carries burdens Each one crosses lines Every Captain has a vice Hidden or exposed Livin’ hard the life they chose It’s the Captain’s mess They’ll clean it up Or find someone who will They’re professionals In service for the thrill For the thrill
8.
Holodiction 03:35
At the end of your rope? Are you tired of the fray? Do you wear a red shirt? Do you know how to flirt? Want a place to play? Wanna meet your match? Manufacture mood? Get your preferences set With a blonde or brunette Any altitude? Have I got the place for you Where all your sordid dreams can come true Just call it exercise It’s guaranteed to energize I’m on the holodeck And I’ve got it booked for the next 2 hours You know someone like me Should not ever be given this kind of power Every chance I get I’m in here Life is an affliction Give me simulation, baby I’ve got holodiction Are you getting tired Of being pushed around? Wanna skip out on work ‘Cause your boss is a jerk? Keep on losing ground? Wanna step in the ring? Wanna duel in style? Do you want a batleth? Maybe cause a slow death? Clear your head for a while Have I got the place for you Where all your sordid dreams can come true Just call it exercise It’s guaranteed to energize I’m on the holodeck And I’ve got it booked for the next 2 hours You know someone like me Should not ever be given this kind of power Every chance I get I’m in here Life is an affliction Give me simulation, baby I’ve got holodiction We gotta keep it quiet We don’t wanna start a riot The first rule of ‘Deck Club is: Don’t talk about ‘Deck Club! I’m on the holodeck And I’ve got it booked for the next 2 hours You know someone like me Should not ever be given this kind of power Every chance I get I’m in here Life is an affliction Give me simulation, baby I’ve got holodiction I’m on the holodeck And I’ve got it booked for the next 2 hours You know someone like me Should not ever be given this kind of power Every chance I get I’m in here Life is an affliction Give me simulation, baby I’ve got holodiction Give me simulation, baby I’ve got holodiction Computer, end program
9.
For a While 03:22
Lifetimes it took to find you A search I won’t forget Doesn’t it feel like we’ve always been one? Strangers who’ve already met? I had no way to tell you When I was another man Now every time that I look in your eyes I see my soul again These are my hands And this is my smile for a while These are my moments And this is my style Father and mother And lover and child Mile by mile For a while I am the sum of the choices That you and we have made Kisses and killings and wise little words All of the games we have played These are my hands And this is my smile for a while These are my moments And this is my style Father and mother And lover and child Mile by mile For a while For a while It’s not that you’ll be lost in who we are This galaxy is brighter for your star These are my hands And this is my smile for a while These are my moments And this is my style Father and mother And lover and child Mile by mile These are my hands And this is my smile for a while These are my moments And this is my style Father and mother And lover and child Mile by mile Mile by mile Mile by mile For a while
10.
Acquisition 03:37
Over the years spinnin’ the Dabo wheel I learned a couple lessons A deal is a deal is a deal Oho, for a Ferengi it’s a steal Gotta fill this requisition By the Rules of Acquisition, oho Once you have their money you never give it back Your dignity and an empty sack is only worth the sack Oho, keep a Ferengi coming back I don’t want an inquisition Just the Rules of Acquisition, oho The bigger the smile The sharper the knife Greed is eternal and every man has his price Oho, for a Ferengi this is life There’s no free your inhibitions In the Rules of Acquisition, oho There is no profit without the risk Remember that women and money should never ever mix Oho, it’s a Ferengi wish list Feedin’ business and ambition With the Rules of Acquisition, oho I think I’ve laid out my position On the Rules of Acquisition, oho You can be a politician Or creative mathematician With a latinum commission And a less-than-legal mission If you promise your submission To the Rules of Acquisition, oho Basin’ all of your decisions On the Rules of Acquisition, oho Amen
11.
Empath 03:35
I’m an empath I can feel you wondering How life looks from this side of my eyes It’s a hard path To be given access to your truth When you’d rather share lies Your heart is an ocean Your mind an expanse A map I can follow without a glance No, I can’t shut you out Even when I try to be lonely An empath am I There are moments Sometimes they are fracturing Like shards of a mirror in my thoughts There are torrents That rain down a river to drown me But I have been well taught Your heart is an ocean Your mind an expanse A map I can follow without a glance No, I can’t shut you out Even when I try to be lonely An empath am I It’s never just me in my head There are days when I’d rather be you instead With only one shadow An island in space And only the mask you choose for your face In a heartbeat I can feel epiphany when you do And that can be magic On a downbeat I can feel my light lost when you do And that can be tragic Your heart is an ocean Your mind an expanse A map I can follow without a glance No, I can’t shut you out Even when I try to be lonely An empath am I No, I can’t shut you out Even when I try to be lonely An empath am I
12.
DMZ 04:26
On the run I was an officer But I couldn’t take all the hypocrisy Have to fly under the radar Gotta find a way out Find me in the DMZ Why don’t you Find me in the DMZ (Why don’t you) Find me in the DMZ Why don’t you Find me in the DMZ Smash and grab We’re on the inside Try to lock it down This is a mutiny It’s too late We have defected You’re the enemy now Find me in the DMZ Why don’t you Find me in the DMZ (Why don’t you) Find me in the DMZ Why don’t you Find me in the DMZ We’re just a stone’s throw from the Cardassians And they throw more than stones You’ve turned a blind eye While we’ve become the casualties Driven from our own homes It’s more convenient to label us the dissidents So you can sleep at night We are the symptom things are more rotten Than they are black and white Hide and seek We play hide and seek We play hide and seek We play hide and seek Find me in the DMZ Why don’t you Find me in the DMZ (Why don’t you) Find me in the DMZ Why don’t you Find me in the DMZ Hide and seek Hide and seek Hide and seek Come find me Come find me

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This is the 9th solo album from the 25-year songwriting veteran and her 5th in 2 years. YOTB is her 2nd concept album of 2016, a tribute to her love of Star Trek. She’s watched every episode of every series, every movie and incarnation, and has most of TNG memorized.

CAPTAIN'S LOG:
Trek has given me insight into the human condition. It’s forced me to confront my own prejudices. It’s been a window into possibility and repercussion, giving voice to questions too large to ask elsewhere. It has challenged, entertained and comforted me, told me stories I want to hear again of people on a journey with hope.

Trek has made me part of a shared cultural and intergenerational experience that’s still growing from that one spark of foresight in a man’s mind not so long ago, a spark igniting new fires in the thoughts of physicists, astronomers, linguists, leaders, inventors, designers, artists, writers, philosophers, and dreamers of all kinds. I’m proud to be in such company.

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released November 22, 2016

Leslie Hudson :
[all tracks] piano & lead vocals
[tracks 1-7 9-12] backing vocals

Kris Womack :
[tracks 1 3 4 7-10 12] electric guitar

John Cooperider :
[all tracks] bass
[tracks 2 5 6 9] drums

Dave Toms :
[tracks 1 3 4 7 8 10 12] drums

Deborah Linden :
[tracks 3 8] backing vocals

Gary White :
[tracks 2 6 10] electric guitar
[tracks 4 12] guitar solos

Kristian Børresen :
[tracks 7 12] synth symphony, beats

Neil MacNaughton :
[tracks 1-3 10] trumpet

Ashley Beattie :
[tracks 2 10] alto sax

Ricky Joe Vella :
[track 5] acoustic guitar


All songs written by Leslie Hudson

Produced by Charlie Jacklin & Leslie Hudson
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Charlie Jacklin at Kerr Village Productions, Oakville ON

Album design by Karl Stahl & Leslie Hudson
Album illustrations by Karl Stahl

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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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