Paper Thin Walls

from by Andrew Howie

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Listen and I’ll tell you a story
Of a girl who ran away
From a father who never raised his hand
But who hurt her in different ways

By always demanding perfection
Never releasing his hold
Believing that Jesus was on his side
And that love is a means to control

So can’t you see
Can’t you see all the damage you’ve done
And the war that nobody has won
Behind these paper thin walls

Each time the girl ran she would someday return
To this home where she strangely felt safe
But when the time finally came to leave home for good
She felt lost and alone and afraid

So she followed in her father’s footsteps
Wearing him like a disguise
And preaching to people a gospel of fear
To a church growing daily in size

So can’t you see
Can’t you see all the damage you’ve done
And the war that nobody has won
Behind these paper thin walls

Where every page
Is filled with rules
That you didn’t make
But that you still cling to
Like an old friend
Believing without them
Your world it would end
So tear down your paper thin walls
And see the damage that is done

When a love has been tarnished forever
The bail out can’t cover the costs
Well that’s when I hope there is something bigger than your
Definition of found and definition of lost
Come see the damage you’ve done

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from The Great Divide, released March 16, 2015
Backing vocals by Yvonne Lyon.

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Andrew Howie Stirling, UK

Andrew Howie (ex-Calamateur) is a Scottish singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer & prison/community group music tutor. He combines confessional & empathetic lyricism with acoustic instruments, noisy electronics & ambient textures to create introspective, hook-laden songs about uncertainty, doubt & love. You'll find him either holed up in his home studio or playing in your living room. ... more

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