Expressions of the Songmistress

by Autumn Dawn Leader

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This album is a collection of hopes, dreams, madness, frustration, depression, and a whole lot of love. Among its features is the addition of the beautiful African drum, the djembe. These songs reflect the deepest parts of me. They are my expressions and I hope they will touch you.

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released February 14, 2014

All songs written and performed by Autumn Dawn Leader aka The Songmistress.

Piano: Autumn Dawn Leader
Djembe (African Drum): Autumn Dawn Leader
All Vocals: Autumn Dawn Leader

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Autumn Dawn Leader Loughborough, UK

Autumn is a unique contralto vocalist who has been singing professionally since the age of 4 and writing songs for over 20 years. Her rich voice is versatile and her emotive music is heady and moving; her timeless style is a delight to audiences of all ages. Autumn lives in the UK with her husband and children, making music and dreaming dreams. ... more

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Track Name: The Dream (Wake Up)
He sees her moonlight
She dances in his dreams
He feels her reaching out to him
Calling out his name
Calling

"Wake up
I'm waiting for you
Come to me
I cry out to you
Find me now
I'm waiting for you
To wake up
And make the dream come true"

Sweet kisses in the moonlight
Embraces in the dark
Together in this moment
And in each others arms
She whispers

"Wake up
I'm waiting for you
Come to me
I cry out to you
Find me now
I'm waiting for you
To wake up
And make the dream come true"
Track Name: Best Interests (Pardon Me, Darling)
Pardon my brokenness
Pardon my fear
Pardon me, Darling
I cant fight the tears
Oh, I've tried (so hard)
Yes, I've tried

Excuse me for breathing
I can't catch my breath
I'm dreaming of living
I'm longing for death
I'm so tired
Bloody tired

And, you understand nothing so well
You have my best interests at heart I can tell


(ooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhh...)


And, you understand nothing so well
You have my best interests at heart I can tell


Pardon my sorrow
Pardon my grief
Pardon my laughter
At your belief
You know best (don't you?)
Sure you do

Excuse me for seeing
Straight through your bull
My eyes have become
Immune to your wool
Track Name: Waterfall
I close my eyes against the pain
I don't want to feel this way again
Try to shut out the world and all its games
I can't fight the tears
I know I cannot win
And I go under once more
(not for the last time)
I can't breathe - yet I'm still breathing, somehow
My heart crashes on the rocks below
I'm pulled to and fro
Overwhelmed by the rushing force that brings me down
Crushed and bruised, under it all
Waterfall
Track Name: What You'd Call Normal
Don't try to put me in a box
I'll never fit inside your lines
I wouldn't call you narrow-minded
I'd call you normal
And that's worse for me
That's worse to me

Don't expect me to react the way you think that I should
Call me crazy
Call me crazy
Call me...

But, really I'm just not what you'd call normal
And I don't care
I don't care
What you think
Of me
Track Name: Timeless
When I look in your eyes
It's myself I see
Underneath the shell of my skin
I begin to let you in to me

Reflections of my heart
Spoken in your words
Written on timeless pages
My dream's now given breath
To sing love's fragile song
Ringing through endless ages


This will never get old
I feel eternity in your kiss
Your eyes have promised me a thousand things
Your arms have never failed to give
You've never failed to give


When I listen to your voice
It's the truth I hear
Singing above the noise and pain
Your sweet refrain, unchained and clear

Reflections of my heart
Spoken in your words
Written on timeless pages
My dream's now given breath
To sing love's vic'try song
Ringing through endless ages


This will never get old
I feel eternity in your kiss
Your eyes have promised me a thousand things
Your arms have never failed to give

This will never get old
I feel eternity in your kiss
Your lips have promised me a thousand dreams
Your heart has never failed to give
You've never failed to give
Track Name: The Wind and the Rain
Life is hard - so much sorrow, too much pain
But there is no one to blame
For the wind and the rain

It all falls down, and no amount of tears will make it stop
We all get caught
In the wind and the rain


So be yourself; go against the grain
There's no one to blame for the wind and the rain

All we can do is try to hope again
'cause there's no one to blame for the wind and the rain


Tempest high, spirit's low - we cry in vain
We have no one to blame
For the wind and the rain

And time is cruel, and love's a very fragile game
And still we've no one to blame
For the wind and the rain


So, be yourself; go on, and jump that train
And, hold your head high for me once again

All we can do - this much is plain -
Is learn to survive the wind and the rain

There's no one to blame