Manchester Sleepout

I took part in Manchester’s Sleepout this weekend.  We slept outside Manchester Cathedral for just one night.  This was to raise money for the Booth Centre which does incredible work to support people who find themselves homeless in Manchester.  This ranges from practical support in relation to finding a home and work as well as the all important creative challenges and adventures of singing in the Streetwise Opera.

The stories and opera performance combined with my response to the cold and sleep deprivation of the night.  By 4:30 am a song starting wandering into my head and I wanted to get it out.  The mixing is rough and there is somehow a UK Garage vibe… but you get the idea.  You can listen below.

It’s about my privilege of being able to go and sleep off the night.  I was in a fenced-off area at Manchester Cathedral with patrolling volunteers keeping us secure.  There was no danger.  Still, the sounds of the city and the elements meant that my sleep was shallow.  I wonder how well I’d sleep if I thought someone might touch me or hurt me or set my sleeping bag on fire.

Anyway, the link is below and there is still time to sponsor our team who slept outside for the whole night at our Just Giving page.

24 Hour Light (Sleepout) – Lyrics

24 hour light shines bright tonight

Cold air strokes my cheeks and nose 

It finds the bones

Still I can sleep with both eyes closed

For me it’s another night without a fight

But when the noises move – so do I 

I fear the sky 

It could spit or cry

But my corporate umbrella keeps me dry 

And after this 

I’ll go home lock the door

Shake it off sleep it off wash it off

I am secure

And after this

I’m who I was before

No loss 

No loss

No loss

Leaves from overhanging trees wave at me

While I’m conscious of my unconscious state

Asleep awake

And all the time completely safe

And after this 

I’ll go home lock the door

Shake it off sleep it off wash it off

I am secure

And after this

I’m who I was before

No loss 

No loss

No loss

But just like this night won’t last forever 

Nothing lasts forever