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Caught between two lovers feeling little true love for either, but strongly that I was beholden to choose. Not sure I ever really did.


What does it mean to be beautiful?
What does it mean when you tell me I’m beautiful?
Don’t take this straight-jacket off of me
I’m wearing it now to protect you from me

‘Cause maybe if I’m in this padded room
I won’t cause you pain
And maybe if I stay inside this room
I won’t be to blame

Don’t try to hold or console me
Don’t try to build yourself up as my hero
Showing me his faults won’t make me see your shine
What do you mean that the shine is all mine?

Though maybe if I’m on this pedestal
I won’t see your pain
Oh and maybe if I can forget it all
I won’t be to blame

But how do I forget your face every morning?
And how do I forget the way that you loved me?

Ripples and waves lap my feet
And I’m flying away
To a place that is cold
Maybe the numbness
Will seep through my body
And if I close my eyes I’ll be old

I would like to fly away
I would like to fly

That’s what you get for your honesty
That’s what you get when you show them your honesty
Too many tears have been shed tonight
Break free from the guilt and step into the light

What good can I do in my padded room?
Time to feel the pain
And closing my eyes in my padded room
I’m the one to blame

‘Cause I can never forget your face while I’m living
And I can never forget your love while I’m living

Turning to face all the tears
I’ve been running away
I’ve been flying away
Maybe the heartache will seep from my body
And if I close my eyes I’ll be yours

I would like to fly with you
I would like to fly
I would like to fly with you
I would like to fly


from Rebirth (20th Anniversary Release), released September 15, 2018
Written & performed by Leslie Hudson
4-Track recording by Simon Lebrun
at HSC Project Studio, Hamilton ON


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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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