Shell Shocked

from by Dawn Pritchard

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I wrote this song while I was at a songwriting course in Wakefield, QC. The instructor, Ian Tamblyn, handed out books with pictures and our homework was to write a song about one of the pictures in the book. The book that was assigned to me was a book about war. I flipped through it and saw a picture of a man sitting with his elbows on a desk and his face in his hands. Surrounding him were images of the war he had left - fallen down power poles, fallen colleagues and death. Even though this man had returned home, the war never left him.


Shell shocked shell shocked
you'll never be the same
you will fact this grim reality
It'll never go away

You thought when you came home
Life would be the same
You'd close your eyes and you would sleep
Back in her arms again

But the images they haunt you
You can smell the blood
You can see your brother
laying face down in the mud


Freezing cold's the least of it
Digging holes
Hauling shit
Power lines are hanging
Life like hangs by a thread
There's a steady dose of casualties
Bombs explode to near me
Sweat skin blood bone
You're not ever going home


He falls backwards down his hole
She reach to grasp his wrist but can't take hold

Shell Shocked


from Catch Me if You Can, released November 5, 2016
Written by Dawn Pritchard
Dave Draves on bass guitar, Rhodes, melotron
Alden Roberge on drums
Dawn Pritchard on vocals and acoustic guitar



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Dawn Pritchard Wakefield, Québec

Extroverted introversion.That’s Dawn Pritchard and her music.A Metis Wakefielder transplanted from Saskatoon,Dawn released her second album,“Catch Me if You Can” November 2016.Introspective lyrics,intuitive music and melody.Ambient groovy.Solid guitar playing.Influences of Regina Spektor &Suzanne Vega.Bikes,PTSD, a caribou’s lament and a bilingual story about a sweater- you will hear and remember. ... more

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