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Goodbye evangelical certainty
You’ve served me well for thirty odd years
But now I know it’s time to leave
I am no longer a baby in your fragile little arms

So don’t tell me your stories
And don’t sing me your songs
And don’t presume that you know me
And that it’s me who’s in the wrong

Fear may well be the beginnings of wisdom and love
But I don’t want to be afraid anymore
And I need to grow up

Goodbye cookie-cutters and Sunday schools
How can I be part of this game if I don’t play by your rules
And it’s no fun for anyone with me just hanging around

So don’t tell me your stories
And don’t sing me your songs
And don’t presume that you know me
And that it’s me who’s in the wrong
I’ve had more than my share of this safety in numbers
And strong certainties
I choose to live in a dangerous world
Where I know I am free

And it’s no fun for anyone with me just hanging around

So don’t tell me your stories
And don’t sing me your songs
And don’t presume that you know me
And that it’s me who’s in the wrong
Can’t you see that the gossip, the grudges, the violence
Have taken their toll
I choose to escape from the clutches of your good intentions
And save my own soul

Who is that walking towards me as I
Leave these sinking ships
Beckoning me ever forward
With a whisper on her lips
There is more than this

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from The Great Divide, released March 16, 2015

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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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