Leslie Hudson & Robyn Mackenzie - Life Expectancy (demo)

from Pianoless EP by Leslie Hudson & Her Talented Friends

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@robynmackenzie: All I sent Leslie was a simple guitar and drum track and she sent back some truly amazing vocals. I loved working on this!

@leslie: this turned out so pretty! I've been really struggling this past week to regain my emotional runaway train and working on this song helped me get back on track. This is our first collab together!

When you come out later in life like I have it feels a little strange to say, "I'm queer," because I've always been inside. It's never too late to say it out loud, to question how you've been socialized, to ask yourself who you really are under all the overcoats. I'm so grateful to Robyn for bringing this song to life with me.

lyrics

My daydreams have shifted
From snowfall to sun
To drives that I’ve taken
And places I’ve run

To mountains that held me
As long as I stood
In their shadow
For as long as I could

I followed her right over a cliff
You can call it a whim
You could call it a riff
On the path I expected
Far beyond me
And my life expectancy

The people I’ve loved and
The bridges I’ve burned
It’s a fine line between them sometimes
So it’s hard to discern

But under the skies
Full of stars I can’t see
Till the sun sets
And she sets them all free

I followed her right over a cliff
You can call it a whim
You could call it a riff
On the path I expected
Far beyond me
And my life expectancy

(bridge)

I’ll follow her right over a cliff
You can call it a whim
You could call it a riff
On the path I expected
Far beyond me
And my life expectancy

I’ll follow her right over a cliff
You can call it a whim
You could call it a riff
On the path I expected
Far beyond me
And my life expectancy

credits

from Pianoless EP, released March 5, 2021
Robyn Mackenzie (@robynmackenzie): music, acoustic guitar, backing vocals, programming, 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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