The Redhead League

by Leslie Hudson

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1.
Redheads 01:01
We are, we are The Redhead League (We're the redheads!) We are The Redhead League
2.
Black Belt 03:26
I grew up in Georgia But never was a peach Couldn't find a lesson My Daddy couldn’t teach I stepped outta Georgia My brothers in my wake I may love Atlanta But I got a name to make Better look out, I’m a black belt And I got four more back home Got a crossbow that’s good to go And a Joe or two on loan Oh, I would tell you what I do But then I’d have to kill you Beauty may be skin deep But I’m lethal to the bone Got myself a code name It matches my red hair You can call me Master Sergeant But don’t presume to stare I’m your new instructor And you ain’t seen nothin’ yet I may break you, honey But I’ll never break a sweat Better look out, I’m a black belt And I got four more back home Got a crossbow that’s good to go And a Joe or two on loan Oh, I would tell you what I do But then I’d have to kill you Beauty may be skin deep But I’m lethal to the bone Joined up with the Army And then the CIA Never found a soldier I couldn’t keep at bay Until I met in combat A man I couldn’t best Guess I like the strong and silent Better than the rest Better look out, I’m a black belt And I got four more back home Got a crossbow that’s good to go And a Joe or two on loan Oh, I would tell you what I do But then I’d have to kill you Better look out, I’m a black belt And I got four more back home Got a crossbow that’s good to go And a Joe or two on loan Oh, I would tell you what I do But then I’d have to kill you Beauty may be skin deep But I’m lethal to the bone Beauty may be skin deep But I’m lethal to the bone
3.
Focus on my lips Let me give you a kiss The first one’s got a bite But the second is bliss I’ve a little poison Running through my veins And when I’m done with you Only dirt remains I can tell you wanna try to run From a fate that was sealed When you met me But it won’t do you any good In this neighbourhood To run, run, run Welcome to Eden My Green little world Be careful what you touch, it bites Beauty can be deadly So why don’t you come here Let me wrap you up in Ivy tonight Gardeners beware Of the hybrids I grow ‘Cause pretty ain’t benign You should already know Humans are a poison Running through the streets They leave a bitter taste But revenge is sweet Why don’t me and Cat and Harley Quinn Take a shot in the dark At your posse ‘Cause when a Siren sounds her call You are gonna fall Right in, in, in Welcome to Eden My Green little world Be careful what you touch, it bites Beauty can be deadly So why don’t you come here Let me wrap you up in Ivy tonight Darlin’, poison doesn’t work on me You can try it but I guarantee This will only end up with your autopsy I’m immune to you, lover You’re just fertilizer Thank you to the doctor For botanical twists To my DNA Like the vines on my wrists Pheromones to break you By the May Queen’s will While my leafy friends Hold you nice and still Welcome to Eden My Green little world Be careful what you touch, it bites Beauty can be deadly So why don’t you come here Let me wrap you up in Ivy tonight Welcome to Eden My Green little world Be careful what you touch, it bites Beauty can be deadly So why don’t you come here Let me wrap you up in Ivy tonight Let me wrap you up in Ivy tonight (Welcome to Eden) Wrap you up in Ivy tonight (Welcome to Eden) Wrap you up in Ivy tonight
4.
Underground 03:44
It’s a cold day There’s a hard rain In New York City Rolling on It’s a bad case And it won’t break The streets are gritty Dusk til dawn But the late nights Are a small price to pay It’s a tough biz For the new kids, they say I’ve got my finger on the pulse of the nation Talking about a subterranean sensation Rumours fly that I may have found Some kinda something in the underground It’s a good pitch But I’m no snitch I protect my sources It’s my job So I won’t say Where the boys stay This reinforces My resolve Gotta save face Get a new place again I’m a war zone And danger-prone, my friend I’ve got my finger on the pulse of the nation Talking about a subterranean sensation Rumours fly that I may have found Some kinda something in the underground I’m tellin’ ya the solution Is a teenage revolution I’m tellin’ ya the solution Is a mutant revolution I’m tellin’ ya the solution Is a ninja revolution I’m tellin’ ya the solution Is a turtle revolution, oh I’ve got my finger on the pulse of the nation Talking about a subterranean sensation Rumours fly that I may have found Some kinda something in the underground Oh, I’ve got my finger on the pulse of the nation Talking about a subterranean sensation Rumours fly that I may have found Some kinda something in the underground Some kinda something in the underground Some kinda something in the underground Rumours fly that I may have found Some kinda something in the underground
5.
You’ve got guts I’ll give you that But my sword Cuts through fat Think you’re strong? Think you’re brave? I just crawled Out of my grave I’ve been marked I’ve been shamed But I will not Be blamed You will not Hear me cry You will bleed You will die I have a name: Red Sonja! Red Sonja! I have a name: Red Sonja! Red Sonja! I have a name: Red Sonja! Red Sonja! I have a name: Red Sonja! Red Sonja! Former friend Now my foe I cannot Let you go Sister, please Hear my call This is not Like you at all For your grief Twists your heart And we must Stand apart Sacred bond Be not dead Free your mind Clear your head I have a name: Red Sonja! Red Sonja! I have a name: Red Sonja! Red Sonja! I have a name: Red Sonja! Red Sonja! I have a name: Red Sonja! Red Sonja! Here we were born as warrior kin Battered and battling Join me, my sister The Butcher will fall For his sins, for them all With my sword And my bow I will hunt Through the snow Gather wolves Ravens too I will cut your legs out From under you So beware Keep your horse From the She-Devil’s Course I repay Every debt And I never Forget I have a name: Red Sonja! Red Sonja! I have a name: Red Sonja! Red Sonja! I have a name: Red Sonja! Red Sonja! I have a name: Red Sonja! Red Sonja!
6.
Troublemaker 03:54
I was never very far From being on my own From growing up alone I just never had the time For people my own age I always turned the page Blood and magic in my veins You don’t know how it pains me knowing Flood unfathomed it remains And when I think it wanes It’s flowing I didn’t ask to be a sorceress-child Whose mother was to secrecy sworn I chose the colour of my hair To match my temperament ‘Cause I was born a troublemaker I take after my old man I learned to use a blade ‘Cause warriors are made I will fight until I fall But I will never tire My will is my desire Mud is ground into my skin The clothing that I’m in is bloodstained Crud from everywhere I’ve been And every gallant win So untamed I didn’t ask to be a sorceress-child Whose mother was to secrecy sworn I chose the colour of my hair To match my temperament ‘Cause I was born a troublemaker I have never been afraid To stand against the crowd To speak my mind aloud I have never been a maid A damsel or a prize I don’t do well with lies Why did you not tell the truth? I never asked for proof, I trusted You may sigh whenever I’m aloof But don’t blame it on youth It’s rusted I didn’t ask to be a sorceress-child Whose mother was to secrecy sworn I chose the colour of my hair To match my temperament No, I never asked to be a sorceress-child Whose mother was to secrecy sworn I chose the colour of my hair To match my temperament ‘Cause I was born I was born a troublemaker
7.
Unmasked 03:41
Never been tied down So it’s time to go Is this pretty face All you need to know? Want a piece of me? It’s all you’ll ever get I need all I’ve got To stay outta debt It’s not you, it’s me I wanna be free With no questions asked But when you get me on my own My cover’s blown I’m unmasked Think you got me fooled? Better guess again I may play the part When we both pretend But I know your name And I know your face Even when you hide Vanish every trace It’s not you, it’s me I wanna be free With no questions asked But when you get me on my own My cover’s blown I’m unmasked I wish I could have found a way To keep your friendship more at bay But we just up and stole the plot Face it, Tiger You just hit the jackpot Look, I’ve gotta jet It’s been more than fun Ain’t a stalker yet That can make me run I can save myself Live on my own dime But I feel his pull I’m in deep this time It’s not you, it’s me I wanna be free With no questions asked But when you get me on my own My cover’s blown Yeah when you get me on my own My cover’s blown When you get me on my own My cover is blown When you get me on my own My cover’s blown I’m unmasked I’m unmasked I may wander up I may wander down But I love a boy Back in my home town
8.
Feel It All 04:09
Always was a little different Always had a shimmer mind Blurring in and out of focus Seeing blind As a child I kept it hidden 'Til the fear of loss broke free What I could be, what I wasn’t Without me In the ocean of emotion That continually swells Deep within I am a tempest Can you tell? Can you see that I am desperate Not to let it drag me down When the waves roll in and make the Only sound I can feel (I can feel it all) I can feel it all Always had a great capacity To love with all my heart But as much as I am light I’m Just as dark For an ocean has no conscience All it knows is depth and flow Ever pulsing through the chasms Far below I can feel (I can feel it all) I can feel it all I’m no longer bound by elements I soar through naked space Making fire underwater Twisting fate I know everything you’re thinking I’m the sum of life and death All the power of potential In a breath I am cosmic and Omega A White Phoenix of the Crown I can feel you all below me On the ground I am darkness and the blazing I’m the swallower of stars There is no defense against the Force that chars I can feel (I can feel it all) I can feel (I can feel it all) I can feel (I can feel it all) I can feel it all We are one and we are many We are joined and stand apart There is something of me left to Make a mark There is only one to stand against The power that I wield I’m the only one with strength enough To yield I can feel (I can feel it all) I can feel (I can feel it all) I can feel (I can feel it all) I can feel it all
9.
Femme Fatale 04:06
In a Red Room I was robbed of choices When they broke my guard down I could hear their voices In a Red Room I became another I was without family, I was only cover In and out of frame Following orders in this deadly game This manipulation buries my twisted truth This modification carries my future youth So I shall be what I’ve become Femme fatale On a roof top I was sitting pretty With a sniper’s rifle pointing at the city On a roof top I could see quite clearly When I pulled the trigger and they paid most dearly In and out of sight Swallowing shadows in this black and white This manipulation buries my twisted truth This modification carries my future youth So I shall be what I’ve become Femme fatale Sometimes I feel I could be a teacher Or a ballerina or a different creature Sometimes I feel that my life is empty And my lovers bore me when they should be plenty There are moments when I think I’m crazy When a memory changes and the rest is hazy There are moments when I start to question What my training tells me is a standard mission In and out of lies Hollowing out the mind behind these eyes This manipulation buries my twisted truth This modification carries my future youth Oh, this manipulation buries my twisted truth This modification carries my future youth But I shall be what I’ve become Oh I shall be what I’ve become Femme fatale Femme fatale Femme fatale Femme fatale
10.
Entanglement 04:36
Every last strand is a thief or a rope or a lover Whenever I stand in the wake or the throes of another If a hand can caress or coerce on a whim Just imagine what a thousand could do with you Come and be tangled in long red hair Length upon length it binds you, binds you, binds you Come and be tangled in long red hair Length upon length it binds you, binds you, binds you Love of my life with a voice that could bring down a mountain I am your wife for the ages beyond human counting If a man with your power can choose to be still I will listen, make it my mission to speak for you Come and be tangled in long red hair Length upon length it binds you, binds you, binds you Come and be tangled in long red hair Length upon length it binds you, binds you, binds you It's easy to tangle in hair with a seeming mind of its own Drowning in wave upon wave as it wraps around your throat Wrangled by copper coils until you're nearly spent Length upon length they bind you for life In this entanglement I live on Although you have come and gone I live on Come and be tangled in long red hair Length upon length it binds you, binds you, binds you Come and be tangled in long red hair (I wish you were here) Length upon length it binds you, binds you, binds you Come and be tangled in long red hair (I wish you were here) Length upon length it binds you, binds you, binds you
11.
Welcome to The Redhead League We’re loosely a collective of The best and brightest redheads far and wide Personal objective and collaborative fire Are the values we espouse, come on inside Sonja and Medusa, Teela, Jean and Mary Jane Scarlett, Ivy, April and Natasha Aliens and mutants, humans, hybrids and the rest Anyone can qualify if we let ya This is The Council of 9 Or The Naughty 9, the 9 Divine We always get even while staying at odds With the good and the bad, the demons and gods By kiss or fist you will serve us or die We’re the lovers and keepers Of secrets, liars and spies Batgirl’s in the waiting room With Batwoman, we’ll tell them soon That Ivy’s got a love/hate thing for bats Crystal is a stand-in for Medusa when she’s queening And next in line is Starfire if one of the rest of us cracks This is The Council of 9 Or The Naughty 9, the 9 Divine We always get even while staying at odds With the good and the bad, the demons and gods By kiss or fist you will serve us or die We’re the lovers and keepers Of secrets, liars and spies The Redhead League’s in residence At Jessica’s we’re VIPs We meet here once a month to clear our heads So ladies, raise a glass to all the worlds we hold in trust We’re a smoldering and deadly class of Red We’re not in it for the money We’re not in it for the fame We don’t fight for common goals ‘Cause we don’t have to be the same You may be surprised to find Where we choose to make a mark It’s a burden and a blessing To carry the cosmic spark This is The Council of 9 Or The Naughty 9, the 9 Divine We always get even while staying at odds With the good and the bad, the demons and gods By kiss or fist you will serve us or die We’re the lovers and keepers Of secrets, liars and spies By kiss or fist you will serve us or die We’re the lovers and keepers Of secrets, liars and spies Secrets, liars and spies We are The Redhead League

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The Redhead League is a concept album based on 9 female redheaded comic book characters: Red Sonja, Medusa, Teela, Jean Grey, Mary Jane Watson, Scarlett, Poison Ivy, April O'Neil & Black Widow.

They're not superheroes or supervillains. They're passionate, powerful and occasionally poisonous so don't piss them off. They've got swords and guns and prehensile hair, telekinesis and martial arts expertise, lipstick lips and latex, and they don't mind getting their hands dirty.

Based on characters by Marvel, DC Comics, Mirage & Dynamite (Gail Simone)

FAWM is an annual international songwriting challenge to write 14 new songs in the 28 (or 29) days of February. The Redhead League was written and collaborated on from February 16-29 with final mixes completed by March 16. That's an entire album from inception to submission for mastering in 30 days made possible by the collaborative fire of these far-flung FAWMers:

@leslie (Toronto)
@kristian (Oslo)
@zecoop (Michigan)
@slawbleu (Michigan)
@valeriecox (Texas)
@toms (Michigan)
@sapient (Amsterdam)
@ericdistad (Minnesota)
@dragondreams (England)
@carlos (Toronto)

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released April 8, 2016

Mastering: Charlie Jacklin @ Kerr Village Productions
Design: Karl Stahl
Cover sketch: Carlos Parra
Consultant: Andrew Young

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FAWM.org
GeekHardShow.com
PopMythology.com
DiscRunner.com
FilKONtario.ca
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Leslie Hudson Stratford, Ontario

Leslie Hudson is a Canadian singer songwriter from Stratford ON. Her 10 solo 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, Leslie's songs dive deep into archetype and folklore, modernizing ancient voices as she shines a spotlight on the paths women walk through life. ... more

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