Travis frontman hits out at Catholic schools05/10/2003 - 11:18:45
Travis frontman Fran Healey today launched an attack on the Catholic school system for failing to teach him how to be a “normal person”.
In an interview with a Sunday newspaper, Healey said the Roman Catholic church cultivated fear among its members.
The singer’s hostility towards the church is captured on a track on Travis’ new album, 12 Memories.
Healey, who was educated at Catholic schools in Glasgow, told Scotland on Sunday: “I have massive problems with the Catholic church.”
“I was brought up a Catholic and went to a Catholic school and it’s the whole idea of them teaching you how to feel rather than teaching you how to learn, or teaching you to be a normal person.”
He added: “There is a lot of fear in it. In school as well, I’ve really a big problem with education as well.”
The final track of Travis’ new album is called ’In The Church’ and includes the lines: “In the church one day you will get hurt/ In the school the teacher’s such a fool/ And if they would ever come round here/ They would ever come/ Blame it on my style/ Take a pill/ Don‘t tell me how to feel.”
Towards the end of the song, the lyrics continue: “Don‘t rehearse, this is the last verse/ In the hearse, going through your purse.”
Healey, who attended Holyrood RC Secondary School in the city’s Crosshill area, told Scotland on Sunday the lines referred to how bereaved relatives nervously fidgeted with their handbags.
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