Leslie Krafka

Leslie Krafka

 Houston, Texas, USA
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Houston’s songwriter of the year, Leslie Krafka has been called an excellent songstress with an outstanding voice. She released her debut CD in March 2011; a blend of folk, and country, with a hint of pop and bluegrass. She is garnering recognition around the state as someone to watch.

Biography

Call it destiny or call it luck when Leslie found her passion at a songwriters workshop hosted by the delightful duo Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines, who by the way are co-producing Leslies sophomore CD Onward due out in early 2014.  Looking back on the workshop experience, I was so naveIt was one of those moments in life when you say yes and it changes everything.

Since that workshop Leslie has worked hard at her craft.  She was rewarded by the Houston Songwriters Association who named her Songwriter of the Year, as well as naming her song Wondering Troubadour Song of the Year.  Other recognitions followed, being named a Regional Finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival; as well as having her CD The White Cat Sessions nominated by the Academy of Texas Music for the Academy Award of Distinction.  Awards are fine Leslie reflected, but the best reward is knowing that my music connects with someone.  Thats satisfying. 

When broaching the subject of her new record Leslie lit up, Im very excited about it.  Im working with my dream team and the songs sound so amazing.  After hearing some of the new material, like the energetic Wine, Women and Song, or Stay with Me, a love song with a dash of angst, its clear Leslie has continued in her quest to craft ever better songs.  With this recording Leslie Krafka is primed to venture outside of Texas and take her music into other parts of the country.

Lyrics

Freedom Train

Written By: Leslie Krafka

Calabasas County is a long way from the place
Where he bled and sweat and bent the steel ‘till his bones did ache
With a gold piece in his pocket he’s ridin’ with the freight
On the Southern Pacific to the Golden State

On that freedom train
He’ll ride that freedom train
Aboard that freedom train ‘till he’s home
Freedom train
He’ll ride that freedom train
Aboard that freedom train ‘till he’s home

Not a free man, he’s a debtor those Yankees can exploit
Part of the great migration to the city of Detroit
They used him like a pack mule, never learned to read and write
Twelve years to buy his freedom and he’s headin’ out tonight

On that freedom train
He’ll ride that freedom train
Aboard that freedom train ‘till he’s home
Freedom train
He’ll ride that freedom train
Aboard that freedom train ‘till he’s home

He heard in California, the sun warms your bones
And a colored man can live off the land and just be left alone
Calabasas County is a long way from the place
Where he bled and sweat and bent the steel till his bones did ache

On that freedom train
He’ll ride that freedom train
Aboard that freedom train ‘til he’s home
Freedom train
He’ll ride that freedom train
Aboard that freedom train ‘til he’s home

South Texas Fall

Written By: Leslie Krafka

You and I were lovers for a while
You chose to live with her where it’s cold and dry
If you need to get away, warm up inside
See me where it’s sunny and it’s 85
When you arrive
I’ll say welcome, I’m your south Texas fall

You can blame the weather, it don’t mean to be cruel
‘Cause weathers gonna do what it has to do
If you miss the winter I’ll rake the leaves off the trees
I’ll do whatever sets you at ease
Take as long as you please
Welcome….I’m your south Texas fall

You’re loyal without question, lost in good intentions
That ain’t a crime
How ‘bout a change of scenery, you could use a little greenery
And a new frame of mind

I can be your comfort, that’s as good as gold
I can be a talisman in a world gone cold
Autumn leaves are falling, there’s a frost in the air
You need my Indian summer to relieve your despair
Let me show you I care
Welcome, darlin’ welcome I’m your south Texas fall
Welcome, welcome I’m your south Texas fall

I Want Love

Written By: Leslie Krafka

If you can sleep without me night after night
If you don’t miss me there holdin’ you tight
If you can go for hours and never think of me
Then you’re not the one, we’re not meant to be

‘Cause I want love a tangled up in you love
I want love without you I feel blue love
I want love nothing less with do love
I want love. I want that kind of love

If you can say goodbye and not choke up inside
If you’re not strong enough to swim against the tide
If you can’t take my bad along with all my good
Then I wasn’t clear or you misunderstood

I want love an aching in my bones love
I want love a trade all that I own love
I want love I finally feel at home love
I want love. I want that kind of love

If you only care when I say I’m leaving
If everyday with me is not a day worth seizing
If you would let me go just to save your pride
Then you’re not the one, you’re not bona fide

I want love a syrupy and sweet love
I want love a knock me off my feet love
I want love a constant and complete love
I want love. I want that kind of love

Let me tell ya one more time
I want love infectious and contagious
I want love heroic and outrageous
I want love a love that’s for the ages
I want love. I want that kind of love
I want love. I want that kind of love

Magdalena

Written By: Leslie Krafka

The winds of change were cold and kickin’ up
It made him feel a little older
He swore the highway would be his love
Now it weighed heavy on his shoulder

He met Magdalena in Santa Fe
She had moonbeams in her smile
Suddenly he was swept away
He thought he’d stay with her a while

He said, Oh Magdalena
For you I’d make a home
With your brown eyes glowing
So easy going, I’ll never roam from Magdalena

It wasn’t easy to give it up
Down by the crossroads he would wonder
If he heard the highway call his name
It echoed through him just like thunder

Magdalena, she knew his heart
He was always free to go
And if he did she knew he’d come right back
A thousand times he told her so

He said, Oh Magdalena
You’re the reason I come home
To your brown eyes glowing
So easy going, I’ll never roam

Oh Magdalena
You’re the only home I’ve known
And your brown eyes are glowing
So easy going, I’ll never roam
So easy going, I’ll never roam oh Magdalena