Like Houdini Did

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"Like Houdini Did" was written not long after our french bulldog Romeo was diagnosed with lymphoma. Though I tried to be optimistic about his chances of recovery, I started visualizing a world without him. "Can I take a stomach punch, like Houdini did?", "Truth is I can't take a blow of any kind..."; this song was my personal assessment, of the situation we were facing, and inevitably, an overview of my own life challenges, the assertion of positivity at the end of the song, where the lyric proclaims "For once I will come through, surprise you all, like Houdini did".

Why Houdini, some ask? He was a childhood hero that fascinated me, and I guess was the perfect metaphor for this message. Honestly, this song just fell out of the sky, one of my proudest musical moments.


Can I take a stomach punch
Like Houdini did
Do I have the kind of strength
The steel, stone, and brick
The irony is even though
He was so incredible
He was brought down by a kid
Truth is I can't take a blow of any kind
Like Houdini did

Am I able to escape
Like Houdini did
Shackles, chains , and straight jackets
Bend, turn and twist
Freed himself every time
Hanging high, locked in tight
In the face of the reapers kiss
Fact is that I'll be caught, unable to get away
Like Houdini did

Why can't I be a magic man
Vanish and then reappear
Fast and smooth, sleight of hand
Risk it all and have no fear
when dangers near
Ever since I was a kid
I wanted to do wonderous things
like Houdini did

I will love my mrs.
Like Houdini did
And when called to the afterlife
I'll reach out with love to send
Amaze the world, for my girl
One more dance, one more pearl
Make good on a final promise
For once I'll come through,
Surprise you all, like Houdini did


from We Loved Aloud, released November 17, 2017
"Like Houdini Did" written by Eddie Bush


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