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Girls, You’re Not Safe In Here [Stream Of Consciousness Writing]

I’m going to post some of my stream of consciousness writings, in case the process interests people. This is normally how I start writing lyrics. I’ll have a target, a subject; I write and write with no attempt to control what comes out. I often do it last thing at night; that fuzzy tiredness makes it easier to disconnect. Some of it may be useable, all of it may be awful. I just chip away at it at the piano until I find the song. That comes later, I start with pages of this stuff. This is the raw material I sculpt a lyric from. Bare in mind that I’m not standing by any of it as good/finished; this is offered here only as insight into the process…

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Day One.

There’s something in the air today. In the early hours of this morning the IndyRef results were announced. Scotland is still part of the UK. This makes me a lot more angry than it should. England is so fucked; why would anybody want to associated with us?

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