Leslie Hudson & John Cooperider - Hell You Create (demo)

from Pianoless EP by Leslie Hudson & Her Talented Friends

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So I was talking with Leslie last week and she asked if we could write a song together, to which I said absolutely! Standard questions followed, and she said she wanted me to write a song and send it over, but ROCK IT UP. It didn't take long. I wrote the song and recorded guitar and bass that night. Drums were done the next day and i sent it over... This week she asked if a REALLY angry song was ok. I said definitely and asked what was she angry about, and she said Joss Whedon.

I am 100% anti-abuse. Leslie rocked this song and made the message loud and clear.

Joss Whedon has been protected by an industry that makes it damn fucking hard for survivors to say out loud that they are survivors, and I've held a cold fury for him and others like him for a long time. As fans we HAVE to do a better job challenging the creative teams that entertain us at the price of human dignity. Human lives aren't a drug to get the powerful people high, and they're not disposable. I'm so grateful for the courage it has taken folks to come forward.

I sang this in a single vocal take. Felt good to pour my rage into making this, and so many thanks to ZeCoop for giving me the space to do it. I haven't sung like this in more than 4 years and I was so relieved to discover I still had that voice inside of me.

ZeCoop mentioned what a mystery lyricists were and jokingly said, "What rhymes with evisceration?" And being a lyricist, I went, "Watch how we make that work.."


*explicit lyrics*

You know I’m sick
Of all the shit
That you keep saying
And I am sick
Of all the games
That you play

Like this hurt
Is a line
That you can snort and be fine
And you don’t
Give a fuck
What you pay

You think you
Can keep on pushing
And we won’t want
To push you back
You think everyone else
Is the problem
And we should all
Cut you some slack

But this line’s
Not a snort
Of cocaine
It’s the line
Where you stop
And get the fuck off the train

Cuz the stories you tell
They’re not worth the hell you create
And it’s not your vampires
That I want to eviscerate

Don’t crawl back
Into the shadows
Stand right there
In the light
Cuz if you stay where
Everyone can see you
There’ll be no one left
For you to bite

Cuz we’re done
With your snort of cocaine
This is the part
Where we stop
And kick you off of this fucking train

Cuz the stories you tell
They’re not worth the hell you create
And it’s not your vampires
That we want to eviscerate

Cuz a life
Ain’t a snort
Of cocaine
This is the part
Where you stop
And get the fuck off this train

Cuz the stories you tell
They’re not worth the hell you create
And it’s not your vampires
That we want to eviscerate



from Pianoless EP, released March 5, 2021
John Cooperider (@zecoop): music, guitars, bass, drums, production
Leslie Hudson (@leslie): melody, lyrics, vocals

Written and recorded during February Album Writing Month (FAWM) 2021


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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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