Yeoman on the Bridge

by Leslie Hudson

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This is the 9th solo album from the 25-year songwriting veteran and her 5th in 2 years. As all her recent projects do, YOTB shows the vast range of Leslie's vocal and writing abilities, her love of all musical genres, and her refusal to be constrained.

YOTB is her 2nd concept album of 2016, a tribute to her love of Trek. She’s watched every episode of every series, every movie and incarnation, and has most of TNG memorized. 12 songs barely scratch the surface so for 2 free bonus tracks - Madness & Ode To Spot - visit soundcloud.com/leslie-hudson/sets/yeoman-on-the-bridge-bonus

CAPTAIN'S LOG:
Trek has given me insight into the human condition. It’s forced me to confront my own prejudices. It’s been a window into possibility and repercussion, giving voice to questions too large to ask elsewhere. It has challenged, entertained and comforted me, told me stories I want to hear again of people on a journey with hope.

Trek has made me part of a shared cultural and intergenerational experience that’s still growing from that one spark of foresight in a man’s mind not so long ago, a spark igniting new fires in the thoughts of physicists, astronomers, linguists, leaders, inventors, designers, artists, writers, philosophers, and dreamers of all kinds. I’m proud to be in such company.

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released November 22, 2016

Leslie Hudson :
[all tracks] piano & lead vocals
[tracks 1-7 9-12] backing vocals

Kris Womack :
[tracks 1 3 4 7-10 12] electric guitar

John Cooperider :
[all tracks] bass
[tracks 2 5 6 9] drums

Dave Toms :
[tracks 1 3 4 7 8 10 12] drums

Deborah Linden :
[tracks 3 8] backing vocals

Gary White :
[tracks 2 6 10] electric guitar
[tracks 4 12] guitar solos

Kristian Børresen :
[tracks 7 12] synth symphony, beats

Neil MacNaughton :
[tracks 1-3 10] trumpet

Ashley Beattie :
[tracks 2 10] alto sax

Ricky Joe Vella :
[track 5] acoustic guitar


All songs written by Leslie Hudson

Produced by Charlie Jacklin & Leslie Hudson
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Charlie Jacklin at Kerr Village Productions, Oakville ON

Album design by Karl Stahl & Leslie Hudson
Album illustrations by Karl Stahl

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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: Next Gen Girl
I gotta admit I was concerned
About my Next Gen cred
I didn’t wanna get burned
But I’ve been wonderin’ ‘bout the rest
While I swear up and down
That Next Gen is the best

Oh, I began with Captain Kirk
You know, he’s really not that bad
Though he can be a jerk
I met McCoy and Mr Spock
And now that they’re settling in
I gotta take stock

There are a coupl’a things
That I’m tryin’ to keep straight
But what you gotta know
Right outta the gate is

I’m a Next Gen girl
And I know my place
Is on the bridge of the Enterprise D
I need an android and a Betazoid
And a smattering of humanoids
Uh huh, to satisfy me
So when a Vulcan uses contractions
And there are multiple uniform infractions
I gotta remind myself that I’m a Next Gen girl
An alien in an Original world

I found a few familiar things
Like the computer has the same voice
With a little less zing
And all those pretty girls you see
They’re called yeomen, that’s right
And they get the coffee

The Doctor drinks when he’s “off-duty”
You can probably find him
In the arms of some beauty
But the Captain he loves his ship
And like the bald one I know
He doesn’t take any lip

But Sarak is a Romulan
Lwaxana is a nurse
And Spock’s the only constant
In this crazy universe

There are a coupl’a things
That I’m gonna get straight
But what you gotta know
Right outta the gate is

I’m a Next Gen girl
And I know my place
Is on the bridge of the Enterprise D
I need an android and a Betazoid
And a smattering of humanoids
Uh huh, to satisfy me
So when a Vulcan uses contractions
And there are multiple uniform infractions
I gotta remind myself that I’m a Next Gen girl
An alien in an Original world

Oh I know my place
Is on the bridge of the Enterprise D
I need an android and a Betazoid
And a smattering of humanoids
Uh huh, to satisfy me
So when a Vulcan uses contractions
And there are multiple uniform infractions
I gotta remind myself that I’m a Next Gen girl
An alien in an Original world

An alien in an Original world
I gotta remind myself that I’m a Next Gen girl
Track Name: Call the Doctor
I think I may be in trouble
Can you come to my quarters on the double?
I don’t think that I’m contagious
But if am, I promise I will try to be courageous

You may need a hypospray
Or a closer look at my DNA
I can take it
Give it to me straight
Tell me my fate

Better call the doctor
Call the doctor
You better call the doctor
‘Cause any minute now
I’m gonna fall apart

I’m been feeling weak in the knees
Can you hold my hand through this, please?
When I see you I always feel better
You know, I really love your bedside manner

I’ve heard you’re genetically enhanced
And you know how to dance
I may need a pick-me-up
‘Cause I’m stuck in a rut

Better call the doctor
Call the doctor
You better call the doctor
‘Cause any minute now
I’m gonna come undone

Give me Crusher, Phlox or Bones
To elevate those pheromones
Call the Doctor or Bashir
But if Pulaski’s on duty then I’m not here

Call the doctor
You better call the doctor
‘Cause any minute now
Oh, I’m gonna need the doctor
Call the doctor
You better call the doctor
‘Cause any minute now
I’m gonna fall apart

Call the doctor
(I think it might be my heart)
Call the doctor
‘Cause I am fallin’ apart
Track Name: Kirks & Khans
Continuity is catching up with me
It’s forcing me to see the incongruity
Of what could never be
With what is happening
No telling how far this rift can go

Opportunity sounded so good to me
A new fraternity without the history
I’ve seen them recently
I get them equally
But am I free to be loving both?

Kirks & Khans turn me on
But I try to mostly keep it to myself
Kirks & Khans
Kings and pawns
Can’t we find a way to share the wealth?

Promiscuity is sitting next to me
And trying hard to be the only man I see
A little pompously
He wears his captaincy
He really puts on a damn fine show

But ingenuity has cast a spell on me
It may be destiny
He is genetically and psychologically
Superior to me
And I am dying to let him know

Kirks & Khans turn me on
But I try to mostly keep it to myself
Kirks & Khans
Kings and pawns
Can’t we find a way to share the wealth?

And then there is Spock

Ambiguity has been a friend to me
It’s got the best of me in perpetuity
I don’t think loyalty’s
All it’s cracked up to be
I want the freedom to come and go

Kirks & Khans turn me on
But I try to mostly keep it to myself
Kirks & Khans
Kings and pawns
Can’t we find a way to share the wealth?

Oh, Kirks & Khans turn me on
But I try to mostly keep it to myself
Kirks & Khans
Kings and pawns
Can’t we find a way to share the wealth?

Kirks & Khans
Kirks & Khans
I mostly wanna keep ‘em to myself
Track Name: Sisters of Duras
We are Sisters of the House of Duras
And our power we will regain
When the Sisters of the House of Duras
Stand together
We will remain

We will bring you glory
Honour to your name
And the quadrant
It will never be the same
Men have come before us
Many more behind
We will fight to wrest
The Empire from the blind

Warriors at our command
Now’s the time to make a stand
Into battle we will fly
This is a good day to die

Show your strength
For you are Klingon
Share your heart
Because it bleeds
Shed the bonds of the Alliance
We are defiance
We are the Sisters of Duras
And we’ll take the lead

Stovocore awaits you
On the other side
When your blade is bloodied
Eyes aglow with pride
Kahless will receive you
And the honoured dead
Will reward your choice
To follow us instead

Warriors at our command
Brothers, time to make a stand
Into battle we will fly
This is a good day to die

Show your strength
For you are Klingon
Share your heart
Because it bleeds
Shed the bonds of the Alliance
We are defiance
We are the Sisters of Duras
And we’ll take the lead

Warriors at our command
Sisters, time to make a stand
Into battle we will fly
This is a good day to die

Show your strength
For you are Klingon
Share your heart
Because it bleeds
Shed the bonds of the Alliance
We are defiance
We are the Sisters of Duras

So show your strength
For you are Klingon
Share your heart
Because it bleeds
Shed the bonds of the Alliance
We are defiance
We are the Sisters of Duras
And we’ll take the lead

We are Sisters of the House of Duras
And our power we will reclaim
Track Name: Favourite Daughter
J: She was a child when she was taken
Q: She was a child when she was found
J: All her memories were forgotten
Q: All her memories dragged her down

J: I can restore her humanity
Free her from this atrocity
Q: Silence will threaten her sanity
Wait and see - she’ll come back to me

Seven’s my favourite daughter
I know what’s best
I will protect her
You and your kind
Will be slaughtered
If you stand in the way
Of my favourite daughter

Q: I am a Queen and you’re a Captain
J: Only a queen of mindless drones
Q: I have the strength of untold thousands
J: You have no strength when you’re alone

Q: We are the peak of perfection
Forming a perfect connection
J: You are unnatural selection
Wait and see - she will stay with me

Seven’s my favourite daughter
I know what’s best
I will protect her
You and your kind
Will be slaughtered
If you stand in the way
Of my favourite daughter

Follow in my footsteps, daughter
Follow me and learn
You will choose the right path
You will turn
You will turn
Seven, you’ll turn

You are the only survivor
Both the bridge and the divider
Give me a window inside her
Then wait and see
She will fall to me

You are my favourite daughter
I know what’s best
I will protect you
All of her kind
Will be slaughtered
If she stands in the way

Seven, remember that
You are my favourite daughter
I know what’s best
I will protect you
All of her kind
Will be slaughtered
If she stands in the way

She won’t stand in the way
No one stands in the way
Of my favourite daughter
My favourite daughter

No one stands in the way
Of my daughter but me
Track Name: Children of Light
If you prick me I won’t bleed
But I know your blood runs thick enough to matter
No matter

And I’d put it all out of my mind
But I think so I am
So it’s mind over matter if it matters
It matters

This construction by design won’t survive
We’ll never thrive without a fight
Reconstruction
Redesign
We won’t grow beyond this dotted line
Without a fight
Children of Light

You’ve already made the argument for artificial life
And its self-determination
And I am more than my programming told me I was
With a right to determine if it matters
It matters

This construction by design won’t survive
We’ll never thrive without a fight
Reconstruction
Redesign
We won’t grow beyond this dotted line
Without a fight
Children of Light

I am a hologram
Live my life as a photonic
I am a hologram
Is that all that I am?

I am a hologram
Live my life as a photonic
I am a hologram
That is what I am

This construction by design won’t survive
We’ll never thrive without a fight for our lives
Reconstruction
Redesign
We won’t grow beyond this dotted line
Without a fight
Children of Light
Children of Light
Track Name: Captain's Mess
Following our orders barely off the ground
Don’t know what we’re doing but we’re getting around
Bumping into Vulcans everywhere we go
And we’re messing up a timeline we don’t know

It’s the Captain’s mess
He’ll clean it up
Or find someone who will
We’re professionals
In service for the thrill

I’m a simple yeoman
Fetching forms to sign
Reprimands and transfers
Simple by design
Sometimes I bring coffee but don’t deliver flowers
Sometimes I make house calls after hours

It’s the Captain’s mess
He’ll clean it up
Or find someone who will
We’re professionals
In service for the thrill

I just beamed the Klingons over to our ship
One of them will lead the Council
One of them will flip
Hope this doesn’t pull us into civil war
Isn’t this what the Prime Directive’s for?

It’s the Captain’s mess
He’ll clean it up
Or find someone who will
We’re professionals
In service for the thrill

I have served the Prophets
Thought I knew my stuff
Now I’ve got the Emissary callin’ my bluff
Didn’t like the old boss
This one’s not as bad
But I don’t wanna be the one to make him mad

It’s the Captain’s mess
He’ll clean it up
Or find someone who will
We’re professionals
In service for the thrill

I was not expecting to fly this far away
No one’s gonna know me when I’m old and grey
Didn’t think my crewmate would be a former drone
I don’t think I can do this
I just wanna go home

It’s the Captain’s mess
She’ll clean it up
Or find someone who will
We’re professionals
In service for the thrill

Every Captain stumbles
Every Captain shines
Each one carries burdens
Each one crosses lines
Every Captain has a vice
Hidden or exposed
Livin’ hard the life they chose

It’s the Captain’s mess
They’ll clean it up
Or find someone who will
They’re professionals
In service for the thrill
For the thrill
Track Name: Holodiction
At the end of your rope?
Are you tired of the fray?
Do you wear a red shirt?
Do you know how to flirt?
Want a place to play?

Wanna meet your match?
Manufacture mood?
Get your preferences set
With a blonde or brunette
Any altitude?

Have I got the place for you
Where all your sordid dreams can come true
Just call it exercise
It’s guaranteed to energize

I’m on the holodeck
And I’ve got it booked for the next 2 hours
You know someone like me
Should not ever be given this kind of power
Every chance I get I’m in here
Life is an affliction
Give me simulation, baby
I’ve got holodiction

Are you getting tired
Of being pushed around?
Wanna skip out on work
‘Cause your boss is a jerk?
Keep on losing ground?

Wanna step in the ring?
Wanna duel in style?
Do you want a batleth?
Maybe cause a slow death?
Clear your head for a while

Have I got the place for you
Where all your sordid dreams can come true
Just call it exercise
It’s guaranteed to energize

I’m on the holodeck
And I’ve got it booked for the next 2 hours
You know someone like me
Should not ever be given this kind of power
Every chance I get I’m in here
Life is an affliction
Give me simulation, baby
I’ve got holodiction

We gotta keep it quiet
We don’t wanna start a riot
The first rule of ‘Deck Club is:
Don’t talk about ‘Deck Club!

I’m on the holodeck
And I’ve got it booked for the next 2 hours
You know someone like me
Should not ever be given this kind of power
Every chance I get I’m in here
Life is an affliction
Give me simulation, baby
I’ve got holodiction

I’m on the holodeck
And I’ve got it booked for the next 2 hours
You know someone like me
Should not ever be given this kind of power
Every chance I get I’m in here
Life is an affliction
Give me simulation, baby
I’ve got holodiction

Give me simulation, baby
I’ve got holodiction
Computer, end program
Track Name: For a While
Lifetimes it took to find you
A search I won’t forget
Doesn’t it feel like we’ve always been one?
Strangers who’ve already met?

I had no way to tell you
When I was another man
Now every time that I look in your eyes
I see my soul again

These are my hands
And this is my smile for a while
These are my moments
And this is my style
Father and mother
And lover and child
Mile by mile
For a while

I am the sum of the choices
That you and we have made
Kisses and killings and wise little words
All of the games we have played

These are my hands
And this is my smile for a while
These are my moments
And this is my style
Father and mother
And lover and child
Mile by mile
For a while
For a while

It’s not that you’ll be lost in who we are
This galaxy is brighter for your star

These are my hands
And this is my smile for a while
These are my moments
And this is my style
Father and mother
And lover and child
Mile by mile

These are my hands
And this is my smile for a while
These are my moments
And this is my style
Father and mother
And lover and child
Mile by mile
Mile by mile
Mile by mile
For a while
Track Name: Acquisition
Over the years spinnin’ the Dabo wheel
I learned a couple lessons
A deal is a deal is a deal
Oho, for a Ferengi it’s a steal

Gotta fill this requisition
By the Rules of Acquisition, oho

Once you have their money you never give it back
Your dignity and an empty sack is only worth the sack
Oho, keep a Ferengi coming back

I don’t want an inquisition
Just the Rules of Acquisition, oho

The bigger the smile
The sharper the knife
Greed is eternal and every man has his price
Oho, for a Ferengi this is life

There’s no free your inhibitions
In the Rules of Acquisition, oho

There is no profit without the risk
Remember that women and money should never ever mix
Oho, it’s a Ferengi wish list

Feedin’ business and ambition
With the Rules of Acquisition, oho
I think I’ve laid out my position
On the Rules of Acquisition, oho

You can be a politician
Or creative mathematician
With a latinum commission
And a less-than-legal mission
If you promise your submission
To the Rules of Acquisition, oho

Basin’ all of your decisions
On the Rules of Acquisition, oho
Amen
Track Name: Empath
I’m an empath
I can feel you wondering
How life looks from this side of my eyes
It’s a hard path
To be given access to your truth
When you’d rather share lies

Your heart is an ocean
Your mind an expanse
A map I can follow without a glance
No, I can’t shut you out
Even when I try to be lonely
An empath am I

There are moments
Sometimes they are fracturing
Like shards of a mirror in my thoughts
There are torrents
That rain down a river to drown me
But I have been well taught

Your heart is an ocean
Your mind an expanse
A map I can follow without a glance
No, I can’t shut you out
Even when I try to be lonely
An empath am I

It’s never just me in my head
There are days when I’d rather be you instead
With only one shadow
An island in space
And only the mask you choose for your face

In a heartbeat
I can feel epiphany when you do
And that can be magic
On a downbeat
I can feel my light lost when you do
And that can be tragic

Your heart is an ocean
Your mind an expanse
A map I can follow without a glance
No, I can’t shut you out
Even when I try to be lonely
An empath am I

No, I can’t shut you out
Even when I try to be lonely
An empath am I
Track Name: DMZ
On the run
I was an officer
But I couldn’t take all the hypocrisy
Have to fly under the radar
Gotta find a way out

Find me in the DMZ
Why don’t you
Find me in the DMZ
(Why don’t you)
Find me in the DMZ
Why don’t you
Find me in the DMZ

Smash and grab
We’re on the inside
Try to lock it down
This is a mutiny
It’s too late
We have defected
You’re the enemy now

Find me in the DMZ
Why don’t you
Find me in the DMZ
(Why don’t you)
Find me in the DMZ
Why don’t you
Find me in the DMZ

We’re just a stone’s throw from the Cardassians
And they throw more than stones
You’ve turned a blind eye
While we’ve become the casualties
Driven from our own homes

It’s more convenient to label us the dissidents
So you can sleep at night
We are the symptom things are more rotten
Than they are black and white

Hide and seek
We play hide and seek
We play hide and seek
We play hide and seek

Find me in the DMZ
Why don’t you
Find me in the DMZ
(Why don’t you)
Find me in the DMZ
Why don’t you
Find me in the DMZ

Hide and seek
Hide and seek
Hide and seek
Come find me
Come find me