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Madeleine

from Pale White Branches by Andrew Howie

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lyrics

Madeline was chasing rainbows in the car
In the back seat baby tiger tucked beneath her arm
Looking behind-ways and sideways
Queasiness swimming round her head
From the front seat, Daddy
Turns around and says,
Darling look straight ahead

Madeline tasted blood in the summer she turned nine
When the stern-faced steward passed her the fake communion wine
The glass cups were tiny, the tray was heavy
It crashed down to the floor
The congregation exchanging glances
Her father's cheeks turned red he says,
Darling look straight ahead
Darling look straight ahead

Madeline was twenty-one when she surrendered to the stars
In the back seat, Sarah Taylor wrapped around her arms
Rocking backwards and forwards
The universe exploding in her head
Evolution painting rainbows
Sarah meets her eyes says
Darling look straight ahead
Darling look straight ahead
Darling look straight ahead

Madeline lost her bearings 'round the age of thirty-five
In a backwards looking shit-hole where she barely made out alive
She was clean out of courage
Had to find a way to get out of her head
When she shut the bathroom mirror
Pills in hand she whispered
Darling you're better off dead

Madeline woke up two days later dressed in white
With two cracked ribs and a Bee Gees earworm in her mind
Her exhausted father asleep at her bedside
When he woke up, between convulsions
He whispered through his tears
I'm sorry baby
Never look back
Darling look straight ahead
Darling look straight ahead
Darling look straight ahead
Darling look straight ahead

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from Pale White Branches, released June 22, 2021
By Andrew Howie

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Andrew Howie Scotland, UK

Andrew Howie is a Scottish singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist & community music tutor who has been writing, recording and releasing his own music for over two decades.

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