The Pegasus Awards

Leslie Hudson IF

 

Pegasus Nominations

Year Category Collaboration
2016 Best Performer  
2014 Best Performer Copy Red Leader
Leslie Hudson has been a musician all her life, songwriting for more than 25 years, and is currently performing full-time. She has 9 solo albums under her belt – spanning folklore, faerie, personal revelation, comics, Trek, and all things geek – plus one with her former band, Copy Red Leader. Her 2016 albums include "The Wanderlings Volume Two" (the autumn chapter of her folkore/myth-based project), "The Redhead League" (9 redheaded female comic book characters), and "Yeoman on the Bridge" (a tribute to the entire Trek universe). Leslie has been a member of the filk community for the past few years, running workshops and performing at cons in Ontario and the US, and will be the Friends of Filk special musical guest at OryCon this November and the Interfilk guest at Consonance in San Jose this coming March.

Website – http://lesliehudson.com
Twitter @invisiblepiano
Facebook @LeslieHudsonMusic
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9nYnl80JlxZfhq-A2bMNvg

Representative Work for the 2016 Best Performer Pegasus Award

Notes: "Oars in the Water" is a murder ballad (spoiler alert) based on the biographical story of my maternal great-grandmother. We never met, but I've always felt close to her spirit so it fell to me to weave her back into our family history. Illicit affairs and illegitimate children were definitely taboo subjects in the mid-1920s, and my grandmother's future choices (which rippled down to me) were deeply affected by her parents' decisions. - Leslie

Oars in the Water

Words and Music © Leslie Hudson 2015
All Rights Reserved- Lyrics posted with permission of the author

Husband had I and wife had he
Each with our children on our knees
But I didn't fight when he came for me
Dreaming as one that we were free

I and my lover we hatched a plan
Wrapped up my youngest and swiftly ran
Started anew on a foreign land
This miner's lady with gold in her hand

Oh ooo

The sun it is setting down into the waves
The currents are crossing
What is it he craves?
"I must possess you, my beauty," he raved
"It is pulling me under
"And I cannot be saved"

Two children born to him and I
Under the neighbours' watchful eyes
Showing them all our most practiced disguise
One step ahead of all our lies

Oh ooo

The sun it is setting down into the waves
The currents are crossing
What is it he craves?
"I must possess you, my beauty," he raved
"It is pulling me under
"And I cannot be saved"

Well I remember my last day
Out with my lover on the bay
Safe in our home our two children did play
Only this son of mine did stay

Oars in the water make no sound
Here's where my boat turns upside-down
Here's where my son and I were drowned
Haunting the shore where we never were found

Oh ooo

The sun it is setting down into the waves
The currents are crossing
What is it he craves?
"I have possessed you, my beauty," he raved
It is pulling me under
And I cannot be
No, we cannot be
Oh, he's the only one tonight
Who will be saved

But not from me
No, not from me
Ah
Oars in the water

 

 

 
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