‘Opening Up’ © Venus, 2006

(Written as lyrics) You’ve taught me so much since the first time we met Showed me God, even in the frost and cold In the dewdrops that leave the grass wet You made me appreciate all the colours in the rainbow Because of you I am opening up to the positivism around me...

‘My Penitential Rite’ by Ash Phipps

(This is an adaptation of a Catholic prayer) I confess to almighty God And to you my brothers and sisters That he has sinned through his own fault In his thoughts and in his words In what he has done And what he has failed to do And I ask blessed Mary, ever virgin All...

‘Make No Bones’ by Ash Phipps

At the age of four, pinned to the floor A Catholic priest did darken my door He damned my mother for taking a lover To abuse the bastard child she’d bore Now I am grown, have a child of my own Do I hate every priest that I see? Do I carry it home, like a dirty...

‘Leela’ by Venus

Written as lyrics Leela, it’s been roaring and raining again lately Every time I get depressed, raindrops start to fall Lightning strikes and the wind begins to howl I am extremely volatile now, Leela Are you listening to me? I can’t take the pain of dark...

‘I’m SICK! (Please Don’t Tell Anyone)’ by Pat

I’m SICK of being brave Of being told “You’re coping really well” And of the memories I hadn’t faced until now I’m SICK of the word “abuse” In every paper On every radio On the telly Even at mass and in every bar-stool conversation I’m SICK of pretending to be strong...

‘I’ll Give You This’ by Ash Phipps

I give you this My shades of blue I wash the colour over you For me this feelings nothing new And so I’ll give you this I give you this My clouds of grey Consuming every single day For me the clouds don’t go away And so I’ll give you this I give you this My yellow sun...