Rough draft recording - please make allowances....


I heard this song in its earliest forms as Owen turned his feelings into music. 16, “A” levels and a brother behaving in more and more bizarre ways as he become increasingly psychotic. Owen took on the role of being a very different support for Ross - separate from his parents and escaping some of the more agonising interactions, he provided a less fraught brotherly interaction and point of contact for the family. Behind the maturity he showed was all this.... I’m not the only one to find this song utterly compelling. I watched a room full mental health professionals welling up as he played his heart.


Hugging Barbed Wire

there you are

walking down a lonely road

you walk with your eyes closed

oblivious to the world

the warning signs are clear

shouting into your ear

but you're deaf to the worried cries

turn back, we need you here


and you know you are


you're hugging barbed wire

and rising, floating higher

you're playing with fire

inhaling poison euphoria

you're hugging barbed wire

and stumbling, falling further

you're playing with fire

soon surrounded

there'll be no way out


then where will you go..


breathe in a dream

breathe out your reality

staring through glazed eyes

hide in familiarity

all eyes on you

watching your every move

you want to escape them

but your freedom has imprisoned you


you're hugging barbed wire

and rising, floating higher

you're playing with fire

inhaling poison euphoria

you're hugging barbed wire

and stumbling, falling further

you're playing with fire

soon surrounded

there'll be no way out