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Growing up in West Yorkshire in the 70s and 80s, two men cast a dark shadow over my childhood: Peter Sutcliffe and Jimmy Saville. I schooled with David Peace and his Red Riding Quartet (Peter Mullen, Rebecca Hall, Sean Bean, Andrew Garfield etc.) is evidence that I am not alone.

Walking around Camden today, hearing northern accents and seeing the cry-for-help body art, I wonder what these people have run from. Hopefully they're all just tourists with bad taste...

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I inked myself up in the big house’s smallest of rooms
While the counsellors filled out form after form full of fuck yous
And the social workers, nice as they were, they came and went too. Boo hoo.

All those dirty fingers, those grubby hands
Can’t wash off the feelings with bottles and cans.
The uncles, the parties, the presents, the bleeding –
I couldn’t stop it. Why didn’t they stop it?

All those dirty fingers, those grubby hands
Can’t wash off the feelings with bottles and cans.
This ink tells a story. Read this damage on me.

Can’t really blame the lads and lasses at the many, many failed interviews.
I can see it all too well in the mirror, I’ve got the wrong kind of tattoos
To be serving up craft brews, or even down Camden Market, knocking out cheap trews.

All the dirty fingers, the grubby hands
Can’t wash off the feelings with bottles and cans.
The uncles, the parties, the presents, the bleeding
I couldn’t stop it. Why didn’t someone stop it?

All the dirty fingers, the grubby hands
Can’t wash off the feelings with bottles and cans.
This ink tells a story. (My story.) Read this damage on me.

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from What's Left, released November 11, 2016

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