Song Commentary

The Scars on My Soul

Written by

Becky Baxter / Conal O’Donoghue / Shauna McGarrity / John McNulty / Dan O’Donoghue

A song about betrayal; a song about despair; a song about pain.

Originally envisaged as a mid-tempo electrified blues number, this track changed dramatically when the band started working on it … and emerged as a much slower song and the first completely ‘unplugged’ track.

It’s not a nice song or even one that offers any hope of redemption or salvation. Instead it’s a bleak song that speaks of the damage done and the perhaps irrevocable changes that have been wrought: a song about betrayal, a song about despair and a song about pain.

A spare and mournful acoustic guitar line supports a vocal that exudes hurt, desolation and, in parts, almost a sense of violence and railing against injustice. The track has been kept deliberately simple to emphasise the sense of loss and to underline its power: a song about betrayal, a song about despair and a song about pain.

John

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