The Redhead League

by Leslie Hudson

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about

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

Support:
FAWM.org
GeekHardShow.com
PopMythology.com
DiscRunner.com
FilKONtario.ca
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Leslie Hudson Burlington, Ontario

Leslie Hudson is an independent musician, based in the Toronto area of Ontario, Canada.

A unique blend of styles and influences, she can beat the piano into submission or lull it to sleep, depending on her mood.

Armed with a powerhouse voice and more than 25 years of songwriting, she performs solo and with her various bands.

Visit lesliehudson.com for music, bookings and more info.
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Track Name: Redheads
We are, we are The Redhead League
(We're the redheads!)

We are The Redhead League
Track Name: Black Belt
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
Track Name: Welcome To Eden
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
Track Name: Underground
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
Track Name: I Have A Name
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!
Track Name: Troublemaker
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
Track Name: Unmasked
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
Track Name: Feel It All
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
Track Name: Femme Fatale
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
Track Name: Entanglement
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
Track Name: Secrets Liars & Spies
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