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What began as a tribute to the women playing villains in folklore became Regina's theme song. Originally inspired by scenes from The Goose Girl, a German tale collected and edited by the Grimm Brothers. This song first appeared on The Wanderlings Volume Two (2016).

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We were written like a villain into story
Notoriety, little glory
We the victims of an evil allegory
Impropriety, never sorry

As the servant who would be a queen
The unrequited lover
The barren bride abandoned
Or the secondary mother

We are damned because it’s our fault
That you never stop to think
The way we do when we see weakness
And she stops to take a drink

I am bitter (I am bitter)
I am bitterness as cold as ice
I am jealous (I am jealous)
I am jealousy as old as night
I want better
I want better than your charming life
I am other (I am other)
I am otherwise a carving knife

We were written to be foils and to be foiling
Ever burning, ever boiling
We the reason for your necessary toiling
Needful learning and recoiling

As the succubus who drains and draws
The faery who entices
The witch who weaves in darkness
Or the demoness of crisis

We are terrifying spectres
There beneath the milky sheen
Of our flawless imperfection
You have never really seen

I am bitter (I am bitter)
I am bitterness as cold as ice
I am jealous (I am jealous)
I am jealousy as old as night
I want better
I want better than your charming life
I am other (I am other)
I am otherwise a carving knife

You use me to draw a line
Pay attention, little heroine
It matters more this time
You abuse me, break me down
In an endless sea of back story
I never make a sound

I am bitter (I am bitter)
I am bitterness as cold as ice
I am jealous (I am jealous)
I am jealousy as old as night
I want better
I want better than your charming life
I am other (I am other)
I am otherwise a carving knife

I am other (I am other)
I am otherwise a carving knife

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from the StorySinger set: Live in Germany, released May 1, 2020

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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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