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Memory: I begged to be heard, to be trusted, to be given the space to grow wild and free. No matter my chameleon skills, I couldn’t earn acceptance in those eyes.

Lesson: Defy those who would rule you, just to keep you.

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I've been outspoken for most of my life
I was an independent unconventional wife
I am a daughter estranged by truth
I've been the woman that I fantasized about in my youth

And I can look back at the patterns
Speckled freckled heckled by compliance
And I can feel the fires
Smoking choking stoking up my young defiance
In that silent era
To that silent era me

I've fought depression for all of my adult life
I've been a drinker, a taker, and danced to the rhythm with strife
I've been addicted to the pleasure of pain
I've been the picture, the mirror, the track and the oncoming train

And I can look back at the patterns
Speckled freckled heckled by compliance
And I can feel the fires
Smoking choking stoking up my young defiance
In that silent era

You didn't hear her but that scream left her throat
All that she had to give's on the cutting room floor
While you get your coat
She memorized her lines note for dubbed-over note
Do it again for the camera
And this time emote

And I can look back at the patterns
Speckled freckled heckled by compliance
And I can feel the fires
Smoking choking stoking up my young defiance
To be free
From what they said I could be
In that silent era
To that silent era me

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from Reset To Factory Specs, released August 5, 2022

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Leslie Hudson Stratford, Ontario

Leslie Hudson is a Canadian singer songwriter and pianist. Their 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, their songs dive deep into archetype and folklore, modernizing ancient voices & shining a spotlight on the shadowy paths we walk through life, myth and media. ... more

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