by Autumn Dawn Leader

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'An Anthem of Anguish' influenced by classical and musical theatre genres. Inspired by my own struggle with severe depression and, in part, by The Hunger Games Trilogy (which I was reading when I wrote it).

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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


released December 12, 2012
Written and peformed by Autumn Dawn Leader
All vocals: Autumn Dawn Leader
Piano: 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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