Doldrums

from Snips and Snails by Leslie Hudson

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written February 20 2005

Reflections from 2020:

As an autistic person, I've made countless observations of human behaviour that fascinates, puzzles and baffles me. I've been called "too trusting" for simply believing what a person says is what they mean. The woman I was when I wrote this song wouldn't be diagnosed for another 6 years, and I wish I could go back and say, "In the future they won't make more sense, but you will. Hang in there."

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You and yours and back to you
At any given time
If only you could change your tune
Baby that would be sublime

It took too long to sniff you out
You took me by surprise
But now I see your glassy stare
The lack of fire behind your eyes

Tell me why I’m hesitating
Body’s tired and feet are aching
Tell me what you’re celebrating
Help me justify this waiting
When my heart is throbbing hard
I’m moving with the beat
My blood is coursing faster than
You will ever move those feet

So wrapped up in all you think
And all that you are after
Unabashed you join the crowd
In wild derisive laughter

You’re convinced you pave the way
With truth and trust as friends
But inside a coward lies
And no apologies he sends

Tell me why I’m hesitating
Body’s tired and feet are aching
Tell me what you’re celebrating
Help me justify this waiting
When my heart is throbbing hard
I’m moving with the beat
My blood is coursing faster than
You will ever move those feet

Watch out for the snake that gleams
Watch out for the talker
You can bring her tea in bed
But you just don’t know how to rock her

Tell me why I’m hesitating
Body’s tired and feet are aching
Tell me what you’re celebrating
Help me justify this waiting
When my heart is throbbing hard
I’m moving with the beat
My blood is coursing faster than
You will ever move those feet

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from Snips and Snails, released March 15, 2010

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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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