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Laudanum Lady

from Built with Bones by Christian Williams

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Victorian break-up song


Maybe I'm the one to blame but I'm leaving you just the same. I just can't seem to see through to you anymore. All I see are glassy eyes when you even care enough to rise and greet me with a hug at the door.

I found an empty bottle stashed behind the sink. Found another in the closet and I began to think there's more than just water in that cup you like to drink. You'll be a lonely laudanum lady now.

Talking didn't seem to do the trick. You just told me you were sick and more excuses that I've all heard before. Said, "There's a choice that you must make: a smile that's real or one that's fake." But your hopped up snicker turned to a roar.

I've been going around in circles with these thoughts inside my head. I wonder if it'd help you if I turned my back and left. I'd go and break my own heart if it'd help put yours on the mend. But you'll be a lonely laudanum lady now.


from Built with Bones, released January 1, 2007
Words and music by Christian Williams except opening piano (Nocturne No. 2, Opus 27 by Frederic Chopin played by Ivan Davis)


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Christian Williams is a self-taught musician, experimental composer, and visual artist. His passion for expression has led him to dabble in a wide variety of music styles, ranging from dark acoustic folk music inspired by the American prairie to abstract sound art utilizing acoustic loops and field recordings. ... more

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