My Kingdom As Great

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This album is free to Bandcamp and Patreon subscribers. It's a catch-up album of many of my best subscriber-only tracks from 2015-2016, both covers and originals.

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released February 24, 2017

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Unwoman is a San Francisco-based cellist-singer-songwriter. Layered with skillful cello, rich vocals, and electronically arranged beats, her solo music is a futuristic homage to her classical training. Unwoman has been featured at steampunk, goth, and sci-fi-related events all over North America and has performed with Abney Park, Rasputina, Voltaire, Amanda Palmer, Stripmall Architecture... ... more

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Track Name: Bad Man
I am not a bad man
Wouldn’t you love to learn how to love me?
You are what I dream of
Angelic sweetness, faith and mercy

I am not a bad man
Compared to injustice you survived
I tell you you’re my equal
rare and unearthly, pure light

I know they taught you to be a good woman
To stomach the worst of men like me
Tend to my wounds as if you could heal them
Let me prey on your sympathy

I am not a bad man
You’ve always admired an anti-hero
Brooding and misunderstood because
His mind is superior

Ignore the screaming — my wife in in the attic
I just pretend she does not exist
And I believe you are not like the others
You will always be innocent
When the house burns down and she’s dead you’ll come back
You’ll love me despite my deformity
And maybe once I’m blind I’ll see how I’ve erred and
I will learn some humility

I am not a bad man
(As I prey on)
Wouldn’t you love to learn how to love me?
(The saint in you)
You are what I dream of
(I swear it will)
Angelic sweetness, faith and mercy
(fulfill you)

I am not a bad man
Wouldn’t you love to learn how to love me?
I am not a bad man
If only someone would learn how to love me
Track Name: We Love Longest
My family and friends couldn’t believe I loved a sailor
Under their sway I suppose I couldn’t either
Now eight years have passed and never once did I forget you
Nor all the love you would have given had I let you

You’ve returned and you must have seen
How regret has weighed heavy upon me

We love longest after all hope is gone
I’m still longing, loving you all along

Men can replace the loves they’ve left with constant action
A baronet’s daughter would not dare pursue a profession
Each day for you felt like a year to me
Safe at home while won your fortune at sea

Oh I’d rather be overturned by you
Than driven to safety by someone else
One look, one word may be enough
But I want to drown you in all my love
Track Name: Is This Song About Vampires?
Strange creatures lurk in our town
Stronger than all mortal man
How are we to fight the undead
Who among us can?

Queer desires you mustn't speak of
An evil power you can't resist
Helpless against temptation
And powerless to conquer it

Chorus:
Is this song about vampires
Or is it about sex
Animal hunger and bloodlust
Are easier to accept

And pulse-quickening fear
Has nearly the same effect
As a forbidden love scene
A full-frontal vignette

How long have we been hiding
Our lust for unholy things
Behind a veil of darkness
Blame the devil for our sins

Or do we just need more and more
The mind to be teased as well
As our hungry bodies, writhing
On the way to a happy hell

Give me just a little death
Is that too much to ask
To feel my heart race and my breath
Stop

Rpt chorus
Track Name: Waxing Gibbous
The moon is waxing gibbous
And the night is young
Let’s hang a ladder on the stars
And kiss on every rung

As if the song is endless
Until it’s all been sung
The most delightful turn of phrase
Might end as it’s begun

Dresses and high heels
Burlesque and bourbon
And stumbling through the quarter
Tipsy and laughing and
Riding the streetcar and
Happy in your arms

I don’t ask you fall to your knees
And tell me you want me
Do as you please
Just tell me if you want me

I don’t need to hear
You tell you love me
Don’t disappear
Once you’ve told me you that love me

The moon is waxing gibbous etc

Had I forgotten
Once we were home again
You would forget me
Did I read too much
Into the intimacy
We shared when it was easy

The moon is waning gibbous
And the dawn is near
We climb down from the stars
And watch our silhouettes grow clear

And if the song is ending
The decent thing you know
Is say goodbye and tell me why
And let me let you go

And let me let you go ohh etc
Track Name: Before the Flood
This city sucks the blood of the young
To feed the rich and greedy
Then the young learn to look down in disgust
At the bodies of the needy

I did not ask to be born a citizen of your land
I did not ask to need to be fed by your charitable hand

One last rain before the flood
(rising up all around us)
One last flood before the water pulls us all under
And there’s no Atlantis to escape to
No future to create, now

But now we see your wars
For what they are

I am not a lone oracle
We all know the ship’s going down
But for all I know you’ve got a lifeboat
It’s just your poor soldiers who’ll drown

I did not ask to fight for the rights of the rulers of this land
I did not ask to die by your enemy’s hand

One last rain before the flood
(rising up all around us)
One last flood before the oceans
Pull us all under
And if there is a life boat on board
You’d better believe we will take it

We will seize everything
As you look on in the wake
Your money won’t buy back lives
From the ones you tried to take

One last rain before the flood
(rising up all around us)
One last flood before the water
Pulls us all under
And if there’s a life boat on board
You’d better believe we will take it

We will seize everything
As you look on in the wake
Your money won’t buy the lives
From the spirits you tried to break
Track Name: Saviors
You saw me on a vast unconquerable frontier
You heard my voice in desperation drawing you near
Might this be your chance to meet your destiny?
To save someone deep in the throes of need

But my song was not directed at you
I know these myths are never true

I'm through with saviors who are mistaken
That I am helpless, that I need saving
And neither am I a lovely siren
My only purpose your temptation

Still it was easy to lure me to your land
I love the promise of a future unplanned
When fog no longer shrouded me you realized
Your reflection never shone in my eyes

The stars never twinkled so bright
But I was still whole and wholly alone that night

I am not a diversion from your hero’s journey
I have my own monsters to slay
Not a pretty toy to add to your collection
I have my own princess to save

I am home again
Not here to be rescued
That is not what I said yes to

What I tried to say was
Walk beside me or walk awayYou saw me on a vast unconquerable frontier
You heard my voice in desperation drawing you near
Might this be your chance to meet your destiny?
To save someone deep in the throes of need

But my song was not directed at you
I know these myths are never true

I'm through with saviors who are mistaken
That I am helpless, that I need saving
And neither am I a lovely siren
My only purpose your temptation

Still it was easy to lure me to your land
I love the promise of a future unplanned
When fog no longer shrouded me you realized
Your reflection never shone in my eyes

The stars never twinkled so bright
But I was still whole and wholly alone that night

I am not a diversion from your hero’s journey
I have my own monsters to slay
Not a pretty toy to add to your collection
I have my own princess to save

I am home again
Not here to be rescued
That is not what I said yes to

What I tried to say was
Walk beside me or walk away
Track Name: My Kingdom as Great
Through dangers untold
And hardships unnumbered
I've fought my way here
To the castle beyond the goblin city
To take back the child you have stolen

For my will is as strong as yours
And my kingdom as great

(I know you want to rule me
But you know you'll never fool me
I have come all this way
To take back the child you stole from me)

You have no power over me!
Track Name: Almost
I learned the truth at 27
That love was really meant for no one
Still I tried to be a beauty queen

I have fit myself into smaller spaces
Tried on a thousand faces
In some vague attempt to be seen

It’s the almost, almost that tears me wide open
Almost good enough
Almost whole and I’ve almost been broken
Unlearning how to stay unloved

Do you remember when you told me
You’d do anything to keep me
And how quickly you forgot

Did I ask the impossible
When I needed tenderness
Did I ask you to be someone you’re not

It’s the almost, almost that kills me
Thinking I’m a just little better than anyone else sees
I’m eighty cents looking for a dollar
A rescued kitten too good for her collar

It’s the almost, almost that tears me wide open
Almost good enough
Almost whole and I’ve almost been broken
Unlearning how to stay unloved
Track Name: Breathe Out
The songs of two battle-bloodied birds
The last green leaf of a blighted bay
The love that grows inside me now
The new love it pulls in its wake

Breathe out dullness and hopes neglected
Breathe in fullness and nerves electric

Only wish for luck and more wishes
Let go of desires selfish

The best spells are made of letting go
Not reaching or climbing, but saying no
There’s no room in any heart for something new and something broken

They warn you about the emptiness
Where fools rush in (but you’re a fool too)
Or they tell you it will come when you stop looking
So you stop
Still, your hope blocks the door
And you can’t clear your mind
Of the pictures they planted
Of happiness as a commodity
Of the life you planned

Still your hope blocks the door
Until you let go
Until you learn to say no