Welcome to our brand new feature, ‘The Truth Behind the Song’. For the feature, we’ve asked a number of our favourite artists to give us in-depth piece about a song that has a special place in their heart. Today we feature the amazing Megan O’Neill, who tells us the startling and honest tale of the ‘truth’ behind ‘Walls’.
“I wrote ‘Walls’ originally as a poem and never really had any intention of recording it as it was far too personal. I was living in Clapham (SW London) at the time and our house had been broken into. The song depicts quite literally the experience for me; waking up in the middle of the night, the rain pounding down outside and seeing the back door wide open in the kitchen.
Being ‘dazed and half asleep’ my first thought was that our housemate must have left the door open – my mind certainly didn’t jump to the conclusion that there was a burglar in our living room. Some inkling told me, in my sleepy state, to check the rest of the house and so I walked down the hall and walked right into this strange man, his arms full of our possessions.
Safe to say it was one of the most terrifying experiences of my life and still to this day I remember every detail about that night. Thankfully everyone in the house was okay which is the most important thing – no bruises or scratches – and the police were brilliant and with us within minutes.
Being a songwriter, I used my pen and paper to come to terms with the experience and wrote ‘Walls’. I never felt the same about that house again and we moved out three weeks later. What had been our home was now just a house full of bad memories that we really wanted to leave behind.
I’m really proud of ‘Walls’ even though I got shivers every time I performed it for the first two years! Songwriting really is cathartic.“
Literally in the last few days, Megan has met her target on her pledge campaign for the recording of her new album. Fortunately the campaign is still open, so you still have time to get involved – Megan’s Pledge Campaign
Full Song Lyrics for ‘Walls’
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