Revolution

from Snips and Snails by Leslie Hudson

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written July 8 2009

Reflections from 2020:

Sometimes someone stands between you and your dream. Even as a young woman I knew my message would be in song, but all those years ago I couldn't see a path forward to where the magic was. I'm thankful every day that ultimately no obstacle, however imposing, kept me from creating art.

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I was born singing
Into the world with a song in my mouth
Ever the listener
Melody glistened and harmony shone
Answer the calling
Music the offering and worship the song
Pour out this vessel
Drink from the source that is feeding us all

No, no

He would not let me sing
He would not grant his blessing
He would not see my heart sting
No, no, no, I’m not listening
No, no, I’m not hearing anything
No, no, no, I won’t feel the words
Unless they are spoken, no melody heard

He kept it quiet
Poetry spinning the wheel in his head
Lift up the organ
Drown out the choir of a chorus he said
Keep it traditional
Prick up your ears for the meekest women
Voices that tremble
Cannot inspire revolution again

No,no

He would not let me sing
He would not grant his blessing
He would not see my heart sting
No, no, no, I’m not listening
No, no, I’m not hearing anything
No, no, no, I won’t feel the words
Unless they are spoken, no melody heard

Call it ironic
After he’s gone now his voice can be heard
More is the pity
Felt for the man with a lesson unlearned
Come to me sorrow
Help me to grow as I welcome you in
Pray I’ll remember
Never to hide from the truth that’s within

No,no

He would not let me sing
He would not grant his blessing
He would not see my heart sting
No, no, no, I’m not listening
No, no, I’m not hearing anything
No, no, no, I won’t feel the words
Unless they are spoken, no melody heard, no

Come to me softly and sing
Come to me softly and sing, little child
Come to me softly and sing
But not too loud

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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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