The Left Behind

by Leannan Sidhe

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This song was partly inspired by the Velveteen Rabbit and Puff the Magic Dragon, along with the other imaginary friends and toys from childhood. It is also inspired by the need to be seen and recognized as a person.
©️2017 Shanti Singleton

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Lock your doors and don't look out your window
But that doesn't mean that I have ceased to be
I'm no plaything on a shelf of discarded and forgotten toys
And if you treat me like I am it won't be long before I leave

CHORUS: Who are we in the absence of the other?
What keeps us having form if not belief?
I won't fade silent into shadow without fighting
Though I know defiance barely covers grief

Scraps of memory swirl round about me
Thoughts beat and flutter, frantic in my head
Emotions flood my senses with the pain your silence brings
A complement of demons that are eager to be fed

CHORUS

Who decides that growing up means no more magic?
You can't take back a life you once imbued
What happens to the left behind when you are moving on?
But you never stop to think, you only do

BRIDGE: I'm not imaginary any longer
You loved me long enough to make me Real
And though you cannot see it I am growing stronger
I am the left behind who learned to think and feel

CHORUS

BRIDGE: We're not imaginary any longer
You loved us long enough to make us real
And though you cannot see it we are growing stronger
We are the left behind who learned to think and feel

We are the left behind, the left behind
We are the left behind, the left behind
We are the left behind, the left behind
We are the left behind who learned that we were real

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released May 1, 2018

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Leannan Sidhe Seattle, Washington

Leannan Sidhe is a fey musician with wandering feet, a shimmering soprano voice, and who writes music that tends to the bittersweet. She performs mostly in the Pacific Northwest, but will happily travel further abroad if the opportunity is provided.

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