Free music (that you can pay for) #7: Papercuts

This one’s a good example of why musicians need to collaborate with one another: I wrote this on an acoustic guitar, and it’s a perfectly decent acoustic guitar song – but it’s a much, much better song if you put the guitars away and get the keyboards out.

The lyric is about casual cruelties, the throwaway comments that can really cut deep: we often say things without really thinking about them, and sometimes even well-intentioned words can have a negative effect. The example I had in mind when I was writing this one was a couple who were desperate to have children but couldn’t, the papercuts the assumptions of friends and family and the enquiries of acquaintances, but it could apply equally to any difficult situation or circumstances.