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Song: Sleep 11

Artist: Stabbing Westward

Album: Wither Blister Burn & Peel

Release date: January 23, 1996

Why this song was chosen: After yesterday’s song, which had a novel-sized set of lyrics, we jump to today’s song which is no more than 2 or 3 stanzas, but still gets it’s point across in it’s own right. This song simply yet eloquently describes, in the third person, the feelings when a little girl hears her father coming toward her bedroom, calling her ‘daddy’s little girl’, and when she is crushed by the weight of him. It briefly describes that she has to mentally escape from this, saying that while this is happening, she escapes to the corner of her bedroom, where she plays contently.

What the artist has to say about the song: I wasn’t able to find any interviews with the band specifically about this song, however many sources state that this song was written by Stabbing Westward frontman Christopher Hall about an ex-girlfriend of his and how she was molested and raped by her father every night as a child.

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Possible trigger warning. As with all of the content we post, the songs in the Every Day In May campaign should be listened to at your own discretion. Some may make you feel uplifted and others may make you feel angry, disturbed, or disgusted. The songs should also be considered not safe for work.

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