The Henderson Sessions

by LILLI LEWIS @folkrockdiva

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released February 16, 2018

Produced by Lilli Lewis, James Paton Walsh, Mark Bingham

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LILLI LEWIS @folkrockdiva New Orleans, Louisiana

Lilli Lewis bears a progressive, provocative, and conscientious presence paired with a love for music that began before she composed her first song on the piano at age three, Lewis is a modern day Renaissance woman, who, when in full gear, conjures the likes of Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Odetta, and Janis Joplin. ... more

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Track Name: Blue Rock
BLUE ROCK, BLUE ROCK TWISTING
TRYING TO MAKE TROUBLE, TRYING TO MAKE FREEDOM.
BLUE ROCK, BLUE ROCK SHIFTING
STIRRING UP TROUBLE, STIRRING UP FREEDOM.
WE ARE LIVING IN A WORLD TODAY
WHERE WE TAKE OUR OWN PEACE OF MIND
AND GIVE IT AWAY.
TAKE MY HAND AT THE HIGHEST PRICE,
AND WITH JUST ENOUGH STARDUST I’LL PAINT MY OWN PARADISE.
CHORUS
ALL AROUND ME I SEE SOUL FOLK ON THE FLOOR
SELLING FLESH AND BLOOD TIL IT AIN’T NO JOKE NO MORE.
SWEATSHOP ECONOMICS IN THE NAME OF EVOLUTION
AND GREEN BACK FLAVORED APATHY DONE BOUGHT OUT THE REVOLUTION.
BRIDGE
MY LORD WHAT A MORNING
WHEN THE BLUE ROCK SHAKES THE MIGHTY TO THE EARTH
MY LORD WHAT A MORNING
WHEN THE MOUNTAIN LAYS DOWN PLEADING FOR REBIRTH
MY LORD WHAT A MORNING
WHEN THE TIDE CRAWLS BACK TO REST UPON THE SHORE
MY LORD WHAT A MORNING
WHEN THE MARTYRED SONS AND DAUGHTERS CRY NO MORE.
Track Name: Our Short Walk Through This Life
WE NEED LOVE
WE NEED LOVE
WE NEED LOVE
ON OUR SHORT WALK THROUGH THIS LIFE

PLEASE BE KIND
PLEASE BE KIND
PLEASE, BE KIND
ON YOUR SHORT WALK THROUGH THIS LIFE

OFFER GENTLENESS AND GRACE
OFFER GENTLENESS AND GRACE
OFFER GENTLENESS AND GRACE
ON YOUR SHORT WALK THROUGH THIS LIFE

‘CAUSE ANYONE COULD BE IN PAIN,
ANYONE COULD BE IN PAIN,
ANYONE COULD BE IN PAIN
ON THEIR SHORT WALK THROUGH THIS LIFE

BUT THERE’S A FIRE WE ALL CARRY
AND IT LIFTS US WHEN WE BREAK
WE MUST OFFER UP OUR FIRE
ON ON OUR SHORT WALK THROUGH THIS LIFE

IT’S AN OFFERING OF LOVE
IT’S AN OFFERING OF LOVE
IT’S AN OFFERING OF LOVE
ON OUR SHORT WALK THROUGH THIS LIFE

WE NEED LOVE
WE NEED LOVE
WE NEED LOVE….
Track Name: One Shoe
I CROSSED THE OCEAN TO THIS LAND
CARRYING EYES JUST LIKE A MAN
SO ALONE, HOLDING ON TO MY MOTHER’S HAND

BUT I HELD A WEAPON AT MY SIDE
IT HELD A PROMISE AND MY PRIDE
IT WASN’T MUCH, JUST ENOUGH TO HELP ME MAKE MY STAND

I KNEW TOO WELL WHAT I COULDN’T TELL I’D HAVE TO SHOW
SO IT BECAME THE ONLY NAME I’D COME TO KNOW

SEE, WHAT YOU CARRY IN YOUR BAG
COULD BE SO MUCH MORE THAN OTHERS HAVE
EVEN IF IT’S JUST ONE SHOE
NO, YOU MAY NOT HAVE A LOT,
SO YOU BETTER GIVE WHAT YA GOT
YOU ONLY NEED ONE SHOE
Track Name: Coffee Shop Girl
THERE’S A LADY I MET AT A PARTY ONE NIGHT
SHE’D COME OVER FROM OLD MOTHER ENGLAND
JUST A BEAST IN THE AIR WITH HER FANCY A-FLIGHT
AND HER SHIP WAS JUST NOW COMING IN
BY THE SHINE IN HER EYES YOU KNEW WELL THIS WAS NO MAKE BELIEVE
THAT SHE MEASURED HER PRIZE BY THE WEIGHT OF THE GUN UP HER SLEEVE
A HAND COCKED TO ONE SIDE AS SHE STEADIED HER PRIDE
AND THE KICK BACK ENLIVENED IN HER BONES
NOW THE STAINED LITTLE GIRL HAS A WOMAN MADE WORLD OF HER OWN

WELL I HAVE THIS GOOD FRIEND WHOSE BEGINNING AGAIN
SHE HAS NEVER LIVED ON HER OWN
I CAN SEE HOW SHE FEELS, IT’S A PRETTY BIG DEAL
WHEN THE NIGHT COMES TO FIND YOU ALONE
WELL I GUESS IT’S THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD SHE MUST HOLD IN HER HANDS
A COLD CHAMBER ECHOES “HONEY, YOU KNOW YOU’VE LEFT A GOOD MAN”
BUT THE BULLET INSIDE MEANS SHE NO LONGER HIDES
FROM THOSE REAL OR IMAGINED DEMANDS
‘CAUSE IT’S HER STORY NOW AND SHE MOVES AS THE JOURNEY COMMANDS

OH THE COFFEE SHOP GIRL WITH HER WARM CHESTNUT EYES
SHE HAS NOTHING AGAINST INTEGRATION
BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS HOW IT WAS DONE
WENT AGAINST THE KNOWN WILL OF HER NATION
SEE THERE’S ONLY ONE LAW OF THE LAND WORTH KEEPING AROUND
AND THAT LAW PUTS A GUN IN HER HAND AS SHE’S STANDING HER GROUND
AND WHATEVER THE COST OR THE LIVES THAT ARE LOST
SHE BELIEVES IT’S HER RIGHT TO DEFEND
SO THOSE BROWN EYES TURN COLD AS SHE WIPES DOWN THE COUNTER AGAIN
Track Name: Turn It Around
MY SPIRIT SAYS, WHEN I’M MOVING AROUND
WITH NO PLACE TO LAY MY HEAD,
JUST GO BACK TO THE BEGINNING.
MY SPIRIT SAYS, WHEN MY HEART BECOMES BLIND
AND CANNOT SEE ITS WAY INTO TOMORROW
YOU MUST GO BACK TO THE BEFORE.

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE BEFORE?
WHAT ABOUT THE BEGINNING?
WERE THEY NOT ONCE A TREACHEROUS TERRAIN?
AND WHAT ABOUT TODAY?
WHAT ABOUT EVER AFTER?
TELL ME WHAT MAKES THE ROUGH PLACES PLAIN?
I’D ASK IT OF ME BUT I’M ALREADY LOST.
I’D JUST LET IT BE BUT RELEASE AT WHAT COST?

SO FOR A TIME I’LL TURN IT AROUND.

MY TV SAYS, IN A COUPLE OF DAYS
MY COUNTRY WILL BE AT WAR,
IT’S A MATTER OF SURVIVAL.
MY LEADER SAYS I’M A VICTIM OF CHANCE
IN A CROSSFIRE BETWEEN GOOD AND "OTHER"
THE ANSWER MUST BE IN DEFENSE.
(OR DID HE SAY REVENGE?)

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE RAGE?
WHAT ABOUT ALL THE PEOPLE WE COULD
LOSE TO FURY AND FEAR?
AND WHAT ABOUT THE GREED?
WHAT ABOUT ALL THE DOLLARS
SPENT TO MAKE ME BELIEVE ALL I HEAR?
I ASK IT OF ME ’CAUSE I’D LIKE TO BEGIN
TO RELEASE MY DEFENSE, FIND FREEDOM WITHIN.

SO FOR A TIME, I’LL TURN IT AROUND.

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