1. Paper Friend

From the recording Magdalene

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When I was three I drew you near
I drew you close to me
I knew that if I drew
You’d stay, you’d keep me company

And as I grew I learned
To draw you better and pretend
I gave you shades of grey
And you became my only friend

Your lines made sense to me
No lies, no cruelty
Your lines felt safe to me
No hurt, no jealousy – my paper friend

Then came the day I was ashamed
The day I can’t defend
I threw those books away
Those things that gave you life my friend

What can I say I thought
I did not need you, did not need you, did not need you

I gave you up I gave away
My friend for company
Now I’m all shades of grey
I wished you stayed to talk to me