Immaterial

from Snips and Snails by Leslie Hudson

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written August 19 2004

Reflections from 2020:

The words we say can so deeply affect the people we say them to and sometimes we don't even notice. There are things I've heard directed at me that I carry with me for years, sometimes for decades. I know I've said things to others that have done the same. We can't undo the harm caused, but we can become more mindful. And we can set brick wall boundaries between us and those who aim to hurt.

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It’s immaterial
What you’re thinkin’
It’s irrelevant
That you’re sinkin’
It’s commitment
That you’re lackin’
And your devotion
Is what’s slackin’

You say the words you throw away
They stay a-burnin’ in my brain
You say the words you throw away
They stay a-burnin’ in my brain

You know it’s not my way so I won’t play
I’ve set my mind and I won’t budge
And though it’s not today I’ll join the fray
I’m givin’ you a little nudge
An impropriety there’s bound to be
When I’m outvoted one to one
You’re not convincin’ me to set you free
It’s over when I know I’ve won

It’s immaterial
What you’re thinkin’
It’s irrelevant
That you’re sinkin’
It’s commitment
That you’re lackin’
And your devotion
Is what’s slackin’

You say the words you throw away
They stay a-burnin’ in my brain
You say the words you throw away
They stay a-burnin’ in my brain

Now I don’t mean to pry and I will try
To understand your reasonin’
But can you tell me why you need to fly
Beyond our little gatherin’?
It’s written on your face you need some space
And I don’t think I’m gettin’ through
I figure it’s my place this line to trace
Your loyalties have gone askew

It’s immaterial
What you’re thinkin’
It’s irrelevant
That you’re sinkin’
It’s commitment
That you’re lackin’
And your devotion
Is what’s slackin’

You say the words you throw away
They stay a-burnin’ in my brain
You say the words you throw away
They stay a-burnin’ in my brain

You say the words you throw away
They stay a-burnin’ in my brain
You say the words you throw away
They stay a-burnin’ in my brain

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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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