Safe Harbour

from Snips and Snails by Leslie Hudson

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written August 24 2008

Reflections from 2020:

For my Dad. He's changed a lot since I wrote this song for him around the time of his retirement. In the last year he's changed the most, as my mother faces the end of her life, and they adapt together. There are people in our lives that are rocks, but when you look below the surface you realize they are playing a part they need to play as much as we need them to play it. Consensual rocks are my favourite rocks.


All my life you have been as a rock
In a sea ever tossed by stormy gales
And while grounded you float like a dock
More than once I have unfurled my sails
And although I am riding the sea
There are days when I look out to see
Where the light calls me home to the shore
And I sail as the seabirds soar

If I call you a lighthouse in the dark
You would no doubt remind me of the source
As a mirror reflecting the spark
Or a lens ever focusing the force
To the world you appear to shine
Whether they see your light as divine
While a tear rarely falls from your eye
Underneath the river ne’er runs dry

In this revelation of you I’m not alone
There are many who would call you when they’re down
There are others who would put you on a throne
And those who drop by when they’re in town
For my own part I’ve written you this song
I have given a voice to the throng
Though their faces and names fade away
May you carry their love today


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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