Composer: Ed Hooke Date of Composition/Copyright: 1995 Date of Recording: 2005
Commentary “This is a gospel song without any god in it” [Tom Robinson]
Yet another song which was challenging for me to write - even to allow myself to
use the title & chorus line. For much of my previous life, being alone seemed an
admission of weakness and failure, and to admit it was unthinkable. This song also
features perhaps my first acknowledgement of having grown up with mental illness
in the family.
I've been to places where no tourists go.
And I've seen visions that no eyes should know.
And I'm on the outside looking in.
And I can see - but I remain invisible.
I am alone.
I've shared my home with Fear, Guilt and Shame.
And I've known Madness by its first name.
So if I stay outside, perhaps I'll bear the pain
And protect those I would love from the demons that I contain.