Week 34: Wall of shame

I’ve always loved the idea that in art there are no rules, that your job as the artist is to express your experience, no matter how weird or socially unacceptable or shameful it is, because by doing so you’re helping to bring things out of the darkness of repression into the light where they can be thought about and hopefully accepted as just part of what makes us all human. For me shame is the big obstacle to this kind of expressive freedom, and I guess it’s the big obstacle to just being who I want to be in the world in general. It’s something I’m always coming up against as a songwriter, the pressure not to overshare, vs the voice saying, ‘there are no rules, you can sing about whatever you feel is real in your experience’. So, this song is an attempt to push against that pressure a bit, and to address the very thing that gets in the way of that freedom.


34 Wall of shame
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Lyrics:

I got in a fight, I couldn’t release
It sucked me dry all weekend
I couldn’t write, I could hardly speak
There was no-one I could call

Shame on me for being so
Taken by the undertow
Shame for being so wooed by woe
And shame for shame

Wall of shame
With nobody else I can blame
It’s my ball and chain
My wall of shame

I went out looking for love
I came home with nothing
The lonely tears the lonely bed
The lonely huff and puffing

Shame on me for being so
Lonely in the afterglow
Shame for being so wooed by woe
And shame for shame

Wall of shame
With nobody else I can blame
It’s my ball and chain
Wall of shame

Now I suspect it’s not just me
That suffers from these feelings
That everybody’s burdened by
The secrets they’re concealing

Shame on me and shame on you
Here’s what I propose we do
Put our secrets in a hat
And pass it round

The wall of shame
We’re basically all the same
Behind this pain
Wall of shame

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