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Beautiful Bruises

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Beautiful Bruises: Hales House Song-Writing Project

Thanks to funding from the Rhys Davies Trust, the poet and singer Rhian Edwards led a number of song-writing sessions at Hales House, Pontypool – a sheltered housing scheme for young people aged 16-24 – from the end of March to May 2015. Their communal living room became the stage for a month of poetry, singing and music-making. Armed with two ukulele (that’s a very, very small guitar), keyboard and flip-chart, Rhian helped develop a love-song with a group of 12 talented young people. The lyrics and ideas came from a mixture of personal experiences and group discussion, starting with an exploration of what makes a good song. Individuals contributed their own lines, and showcased their own raps and poetry along the way.

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Butterfly Bruises

Stalked me online

You had me at ‘Hi’

Liked your geeky glasses

And the pain behind your eyes

We shared the same history

Took the blur from my tears

We crawled from the corners

And our shyness disappears

Chorus: Butterfly Bruises / Engraved in my heart / Butterfly Bruises / Scarred and left me in the dark

I can’t seem to focus

A war rages in our home

You explode at every trigger

Break my body, leave me numb

Chorus: Butterfly Bruises / Engraved in my heart / Butterfly Bruises / Scarred and left me in the dark