War Stories

by Unwoman

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1.
As You Wish 05:43
You would always answer “as you wish” And I didn’t see it as a precious gift Until I understood how rare true love is My life was simple Till seeing you through another’s wanting eyes Made me realize what I’d been missing Every moment my love grew a thousand times No room in my body for anything but you My knees shake with blind affection I yearn for a chance to prove it Just whisper that I might win your love Anything you ask of me I already want it too Anything I don’t know now I will learn for you, for you You would always answer “as you wish” And I didn’t see it as a precious gift Until I understood how rare true love is There were “strong wills” before “agency” My beauty all my own though unknown to me Until it caught the eye of the future king Who saw me as yet another prey-thing And it would have been so easy To refuse if you still lived But I’d stopped eating, stopped trying And lost every care I could give To exalt is to dehumanize To turn a woman into nothing but a prize So my beauty was a double-edged knife And I still recalled those words you said But nothing ever would be as I wished again So I might as well reign as the living dead But I should have known death couldn’t keep true love away I’ll never make that mistake again Anything you ask of me I already want it too Anything I don’t know now I will gladly learn for you And now you always answer “as you wish” I cherish it as the most precious gift I understand how rare true love is Now you always answer “as you wish” I cherish it as the most precious gift We understand how rare true love is
2.
War Stories 03:36
Bringer of death of destruction of vengeance Mother of nothing but war Liars will tell you it’s to end the violence Somehow they always make more You have a thousand ways to tell war stories Yet say all births are the same This is your only way to speak to angels: A trophy kill in your name Bombs for peace Work to be free Your bomb is no one’s mother A thousand war stories Will never give mass murder One word of birth’s glory You’re seeking other worlds Because you’ve consumed yours Why should you tend to growing things When you could just conquer? We’ll fight for peace till we’re bloody and bruised and Still find time to build a world Push back against how we’re taught to be used and Never forget who we were So we’ll fight for peace And keep on loving Never for one second buy The lies you are selling
3.
Saviors 04:57
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 never directed at you I know these myths are never true I'm through with saviors who are mistaken That I am helpless and I need saving 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 had 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 No need to be rescued That’s never what I would yes to What I tried to say Was walk beside me or walk away
4.
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 (etc.) 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 (etc) 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 the lives From the spirits you tried to break
5.
I seared my fingertips To cleanse my identity I burned off my palms To erase my destiny I tore out all the pages To clear my history I’m naked as you are With nothing but clarity I thought I knew the colors of love Long before I knew what love meant oh Bowed before gods and sex and drugs But I have just now learned to surrender I have forgot the words Will you learn them with me As slowly we emerge From a world without memory I’ve had only one wish Since you appeared to me To watch over you Growing and happy
6.
Bad Man 03:20
I am not a bad man Wouldn’t you love to learn how to love me? You are all I dream of Angelic sweetness, faith and mercy I am not a bad man Compared to injustice you’ve 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 the 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 insist that 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) I am not a bad man (I swear it will) If only someone would learn how to love me (Fulfill you)
7.
My family and friends couldn’t believe I loved a sailor Under their sway I suppose I couldn’t either 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 have left with constant action A baronet’s daughter does 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
8.
At times time itself is uncertain Not knowing your place in history You draw back the curtain Older self the crux of the mystery You can dip your foot in the same stream If you break the ice The foot is no longer the same Yet you’ve been there twice You found a body use the body You broke the body lose the body You lost your body choose a body If inspiration is truly divine What should the earthly vessel matter As long as someone is there to receive it — You quickly write all the words you merely remember (They fascinated you so) If you believe in fate rather than chaos The cycle repeats and repeats and —
9.
Flies 05:21
There was a time before the winged creatures spoke to each other A bad reputation was the scent of sticky honey Attracting flies and bears alike Calling the birds out of the sky to alight with aspiration Oh, to touch your dangerous beauty To know terrestrial pleasures as you, an expert in knowing them, do The promise to teach wildness to the politely restrained We argue about the right way to say things Call out an insensitive metaphor In black and white everyone can see our failings And we can never be sorry enough Yet there are real monsters in our midst Whose demons burn them from within Hollow corpses walking hungry And we let you — afraid to speak your names To lose the honor of your celebrity Don’t you know flies love shit too Soon that’s all you’ll have surrounding you A thick cloud of insects your exile Goodbye bears and birds and pretty girls Remember when I assured you No one will believe me when I tell them what you’ve done So you don’t need to silence me I may as well speak and let them think I just want the attention But picturing public opinion: shocked at my brashness Or full of saccharine sympathy I recoiled, hushed But the birds I told believed me The ones I got to before you could poison them against me Those immune to the slick ooze of your charm The honey smells like shit
10.
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 Riding the streetcar And happy in your arms I don’t need 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 have told me you that love me 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
11.
Almost 04:13
I learned the truth at 27 That love is 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 am a just little better than anyone else sees I’m eighty cents looking for a dollar A rescued kitten too good for her collar
12.
Breathe Out 05:10
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 The best spells are made of letting go Not reaching or climbing, but saying no There’s no room in any heart for both something new and something broken Only wish for luck and more wishes Let go of desires selfish 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 commodity Or the life you planned In the love you planned Still your hope blocks the door Until you learn to say no Until you let go

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Unwoman's seventh original album. Fiercely feminist and aggressively feminine, ranging adeptly from rage to sentimentality, the album draws inspiration from real life and literature including Jane Eyre, The Princess Bride, and Jane Austen's Persuasion.

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released January 19, 2018

Unwoman is Erica Mulkey
All music written, performed, engineered, and produced by Unwoman (some percussion samples by Earworm Audio/Taylor Shechet)
Photography by Audrey Penven
Digitally mastered by Da5id Din at Corrosive Audio

Special thanks to Kat and Ben Mulkey for watching Leonard (the cutest baby in the world) while I worked, and Tom Cavnar for listening to my music as soon as I make it even when he’s on the other side of the world.

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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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