Wicked Sings

from Hemlock Honey and Crows by Leslie Hudson

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In the story of the Garden of Eden, Eve is convinced by reasonable argument to take on the consequences of enacting free will. For that she became known as the temptress and harbinger of wickedness, punished for the enlightenment she brought to humanity.

But what is biblical wickedness really? Disobedience. Defiance. Self-determination. Our education and our evolution. Our refusal to submit. Our right to choose. We are survivors of a system designed to control us through fear and threat of violence, and we will not go quietly. We are the change that is becoming.

This is how wicked sings: Lilith in the garden, showing Eve the way.

lyrics

There’s something wicked in the cellar
Something wicked on the stairs
There’s something wicked in the mirror
But no one in this household cares

There’s something wicked on the doorstep
Something wicked in the wings
There’s something wicked in the spotlight
And this is how wicked sings

It’s not in the flesh you’ll find poison
It’s down in the pips if you swallow too much
Salvation’s in moderation
But it’s not (so they say) in the touch

You can’t fall from grace with one little taste
Believe me, I’ve already tried
From the juice on my lips to the curve of my hips
I promise you babe it’s no lie

I've heard that they call me a serpent
A mother of demons and kind
A dragon, a raven, a nightmare
They’ve never quite made up their minds
Oh I’ve got a wingspan and sure I’ve got claws
I know how to get things done
I can see in the dark where I practice my arts
This is how wicked comes

So let’s weigh the pros and the cons here
Oh that’s right you can’t - you don’t know what you are
You have all the proper potential
But that alone won’t get you far

If you want to see what you’ll otherwise be
Your eyes they’ve got to be clear
You’ve been created to sate not be sated
Just who is the enemy here?

Oh I've heard that they call me a serpent
A mother of demons and kind
A dragon, a raven, a nightmare
They’ve never quite made up their minds
Oh I’ve got a wingspan and sure I’ve got claws
I know how to get things done
I can see in the dark where I practice my arts
This is how wicked comes

There’s something wicked in your mind dear
Something wicked in your heart
There’s something wicked in us all
That keeps us from breaking apart

There’s something wicked in defiance
Something wicked in control
There’s something wicked in awareness
That we are the queens of our souls

Oh I've heard that they call me a serpent
A mother of demons and kind
A dragon, a raven, a nightmare
They’ve never quite made up their minds
Oh I’ve got a wingspan and sure I’ve got claws
I know how to get things done
I can see in the dark where I practice my arts
This is how wicked comes

There’s something wicked on the doorstep
Something wicked in the wings
There’s something wicked in the spotlight
And this is how wicked sings

Something wicked this way comes

credits

from Hemlock Honey and Crows, released October 29, 2021
Leslie Hudson: piano, vocals
S. J. Tucker: djembe
Dr. Mary C. Crowell: Bb clarinet

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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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