Wildness & Artifice

by Unwoman

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    Unwoman's second solo album. Includes seven bonus acoustic piano-vocal tracks and a printable lyric sheet.
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1.
Buried Alive 05:18
The song claws at my throat Buried alive They need me to be weak That's how they thrive Even now they took my time, they take my time My fingers twist in pain Feeling their way With just a fool's hope For the escape What I know is my own strength, is my own strength You know I will resist Though it may be in silence I'll see my own rewards In solitary triumph What I know is my own strength I kept it locked away And so it will remain Until I'm free someday The song claws at my throat Buried alive And though I scream inside It will survive
2.
HSEN-423 05:40
3.
Envy 05:05
Who is this girl? Mysterious and silent, invading my world She's been on both sides of envy now Patience has paid off at last Knowing not what she now enjoys Only that her time with you ends too fast Ooh if only she could see herself Through your admiring eyes Ooh if only she understood How I despise this loss, this competition She's been on both sides of envy now Hard work has paid off at last Knowing not what she now destroys Only that her time with you ends too fast Ooh if only I could just ignore This feeling of rejection, this sorrow Ooh if only I could see myself In your arms tomorrow I've been on both sides of envy now But I'll win in the end When your night with her is done I know you'll be all mine again
4.
Commodity 03:30
Despite all my protests Its simplicity Calls me to its breast The comfort of normality What I want is to be a commodity From here it's just too easy Oh to be typical Just as selfish as To be pandered to like the middle class 'Cause there's too many stars Not enough sky Why should I even try? At the end of the day My eyes dry and red It's a simple balm To soothe my troubled head Media somewhat true I enjoy it because I'm told to Placated and satisfied By mass entertainment They grovel for me as I won't do for them again Living vicariously Through celebrity That is how we can be happy Oh to be typical Just as selfish as To be pandered to like the middle class 'Cause there's too many stars Not enough sky There's so much beauty, too few eyes What I want is to be a commodity Only then I will be free Placated and satisfied By mass entertainment They grovel for me as I won't do for them again 'Cause there's too many stars Not enough sky Why should I even try? What I want is to be a commodity Fron here it's just so easy
5.
Death of Diplomacy (free) 05:36
When the buildings fell I was not afraid of terrorism I was afraid of my own nation's call to repression and pre-emptive aggression Now I see my fears were justified And our fearless leaders — once again they lied Why will he never tell us the real reasons? Propaganda wins over real information Redistribution of wealth justifies murder Enforcing one mandate by breaking another While you pretend it's business as usual The American way of life is not negotiable Oh you pretend it's business as usual The American dream is possible (even if only for you) I want to trust my government, I don't need to be further radicalized But what choice do I have when there's no way to rationalize His power has corrupted him, like those he fights, absolutely And I was not scared of terrorism until he killed diplomacy While you pretend it's business as usual The American way of life is not negotiable Oh you pretend it's business as usual The American dream is possible (even if only in his speeches)
6.
Insomnia 03:54
7.
Cursing You 04:52
For so long you, you were the one The standard against which All others were compared And I thought since my feelings never changed You were the one for me Now I'm cursing you for letting me hope Cursing your push and pull Hating you for ever letting me go And making me feel responsible When you told me you would be with It seemed too good to be true When you changed your mind (and you changed it so fast) I knew we were through Now I'm cursing you for letting me hope Cursing your push and pull Hating you for ever letting me go And making me feel responsible Now that you're all alone I'm with someone new Suddenly your fears are gone you believe I loved you Now I'm cursing you for hoping for me again Cursing your push and pull Hating that you changed your mind back And I was not responsible
8.
You alone shared my tears As we watched such injustice unfold I alone looked into your eyes As rationale was retold Most people argue Pandering to the middle You are always radical Uncompromising When others would follow their rules You would be nobody's fool Focused so strongly As we shared those afternoons Could you, so tranquil, understand my longing To be so much more than friend to you Most people argue Toeing the party line You won't be so easily defined Uncompromising When others say turn the other cheek You will never risk appearing weak I'll never say I disagree But I had different priorities I wanted to have someone beside me Who wanted revolution as unblindly And when I asked you If I could give you just one kiss I've never seen such indifference Uncompromising While I would have changed myself for you You would always remain true
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10.
Magnanimous 05:50
Knowledge Scars Such a lovely fall from grace Such a pretty tearful face Silence rules falsely empty hearts In this fevered, cold embrace Intuition's wrong, though dreams implore so strongly Upon these wings of fire no other has desired so Could my hope be killed within another sin, oh I'd touch your soul again but pretense wears so thin, within If only I could wait; if only I could have faith In love -- in love -- like yesterday Then along you come, so cool, emotionless And I can only open my arms, close my eyes, and wait Knowledge scars with twisted limbs Always given, given in Torn by vapid lust Deny our broken trust. (July 1997, November 1998) Lament For Peter Pan Sweet unrest grows sour -- striving, excruciating yet wanting so badly to atone... "Go, then and scorn fidelity. Guilt will follow." This tightrope I walk slices through my feet as the are clay As if I were meant to fall into both sides of sorrows (so grave, so deep) To be forced by guile and guilt which so manipulate For I have paid in insincerity for my small mistakes I fear the imminent gravity of aborted wishes I have seen before through eyes like his I know the pain separation gives And he hasn't yet learned Forever never means forever....anymore, anymore, anymore...did it ever? This is for washing the sorrows away From these feet like clay... The rope now gives way, and I know where I stand He's within, without, and so very over Like a sweet, sweet dream into which I'll never step again, anymore... (But there are other dreams, oh yes) * Well in the night I dream about you In the day I find no rest Just the thought of you, my darling Sends aching pains all through my chest Days grow longer and enamored with the spring Longer now I watch your face, blue in the silent dusk But how long will hopes remain inside, entombed, beseeching us And how long till your faraway eyes will reach for me Will they ever reach again? Do I hold no mystery? (anymore...) And how can we romanticize Once those burning eyes Have wrapped around my flesh, so consuming my enigma Is there nothing left? anymore, anymore, anymore... This remorse will never disappear While he refuses to dry his tears Our guilty hands never rinse clear So we remain blind in fear -- and never love * Well, when I'm dead and in my coffin With my feet turned toward the sun Come and sit beside me, darling, Come and think on the way you've done * from folk song, "East Virginia," not included in Knowledge Scars version (Peter Pan Waltz, originally part of "Lament for Peter Pan") Oh never again to be swept off my feet, nevermore nevermore nevermore And never again know the hope so sweet, nevermore.. But "nevermore?" I've said it before, nevermore... And always the same find the lies, all the blame lies within, evermore, evermore But you taught me to hate this slow loss of emotion, this motion toward death, toward stillness, The oceans of blood from your lips as you let out the pain; I feel mine in your words till we've both been drained Though ever I grow colder, my hopes never wane to leave me so alone Alone in my dreams forgetful of these, my first silver idols But electric as daydreams are still, I fear I'll watch you grow ever duller If you ever let me touch you, if my mind gets any fuller with time If I see through your words to a heart frail as mine, delicate as ice in April For only the truly unreachable can still hold fascination for such as we Only the truly unreachable can still fascinate me anymore, anymore, anymore, anymore.... (January-February 1998) The Little Mermaid "Are you not fonder of me than of all the rest?" cried her eyes "Yes, you are dearest of all to me -- you, the silent one; if not no one, then you." But then he speaks of her -- the unknown, a false angel. The mermaid chokes in fear, but still she hopes... How can you want something more than me? I give my life for yours, sacrifice my voice Only in hope, a thousand knives each step, that I may share your soul Oh, if only I could sing, or if this heart had wings, I would be your angel. Word travels fast, soon despair comes crashing, crashing down Only blood and sisters' love can save her life now. A thousand knives. She dances into death that night. The sea so cold, black, unyielding. A promise to fall. So only murder can save her now, but what's the use Her love is gone either way, so why fight? How can you want more than me? I rewrote my future in foam for you I gave my life to see this through and am betrayed. And disintegrate. Oooh... Oh -- Why must true illusion, not love, conquer all? (April 1998) Magnanimous (For J.D.M) This house is now barren and cold Where once it was scented, overgrown So glad to be leaving this misery Silence, eternal sterility Someone said, "You want to think you are good" No: I don't care what I think When most people would rather hate than communicate You are different, you have something to say, now But now you're so far away In word and body, what can I say? Could you understand my desperation Magnanimous you, understand my attention Unwanted as it was Hope is necessary, just like trust In every situation I find myself Grasping for some connection, anything, something like community But most people would rather hate than communicate You are different; you care what I have to say But now you're so far away In word and body, what can I say Could you understand my anger at them Magnanimous you, understand my reaction Irrational as it was Now you're so far away In word and body, what can I say What can I say that will sound the same On the other side of the electronic divide
11.
Power Flow 02:06
12.
Those nights of chasing your ghost Following the sound of your voice, echoing through my head Running after Darkness, running after the rain Have finally come to an end After all my hope has died Obsession the brightest fire Burned in me so long how could I Give up all me dreams without a fight Night after night I'd lay alone in bed Watching your pictures dance on my wall Listening to a childish heart Beating hope through it all Day after day I went searching for people like you Trying so hard to become someone you could love Finding that without you in my mind I am all I ever wanted to be And if I could break my love for you How could I ever trust again You caused those rainbows to fall Condemned me to walk Alone through streets which yearn for my love Naked but for this jaded smile Could I only be innocent again Just to watch my heart -- as it's broken Now those nights of chasing your ghost Following the sound of your voice, echoing through my head Running after Darkness, running after the rain Have finally come to an end ...an end...an end.... Shall I cry one last time for the death of these tears?
13.
Resolution 07:35
The guilt anchored me But your face could launch a thousand ships And the sky on those nights would steal any heart And now the remorse is yours I hung her on your wall for a reason -- bloody hands, roses I would have done anything to be rid of her Except give up hope of touching you, so I succumbed I have always been blind I will never learn to let go (For now I purge the lies) You failed, you failed like all the rest, At least I though you'd try But my dreams of true love disappeared in half a week I touched you, I found your heart I found it frail but unkind I'll never lay a hand on your soul again. But God how I long to have those nights back The time before bitterness took hold Innocence was painted black and violet In the violence of floods, in the oceans of memories Cascading from this punctured heart That still cries for new wounds... The sorrows couldn't wash away as quickly as love did No time passed before silence and proverbial illusion conquered all And no tears fell after that night, the fall, but nostalgia burns And I am always warm This is my new tightrope I can't see beneath my feet -- I could fall into space This loss of hope is eternal You never believed we were infinitesimal; I still see it -- On nights like this when the sky falls I can still resist hoping I have no more dreams of love I only dream of telling my story (Still I wait for someone to sweep me away, to awaken me to illusory bliss) There is only this song You are absolved Will I ever be possessed by another? (Never wish for the impossible) There is only this song
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15.
The song claws at my throat Buried alive They need me to be weak That's how they thrive Even now they took my time, they take my time My fingers twist in pain Feeling their way With just a fool's hope For the escape What I know is my own strength, is my own strength You know I will resist Though it may be in silence I'll see my own rewards In solitary triumph What I know is my own strength I kept it locked away And so it will remain Until I'm free someday The song claws at my throat Buried alive And though I scream inside It will survive
16.
Who is this girl? Mysterious and silent, invading my world She's been on both sides of envy now Patience has paid off at last Knowing not what she now enjoys Only that her time with you ends too fast Ooh if only she could see herself Through your admiring eyes Ooh if only she understood How I despise this loss, this competition She's been on both sides of envy now Hard work has paid off at last Knowing not what she now destroys Only that her time with you ends too fast Ooh if only I could just ignore This feeling of rejection, this sorrow Ooh if only I could see myself In your arms tomorrow I've been on both sides of envy now But I'll win in the end When your night with her is done I know you'll be all mine again
17.
When the buildings fell I was not afraid of terrorism I was afraid of my own nation's call to repression and pre-emptive aggression Now I see my fears were justified And our fearless leaders — once again they lied Why will he never tell us the real reasons? Propaganda wins over real information Redistribution of wealth justifies murder Enforcing one mandate by breaking another While you pretend it's business as usual The American way of life is not negotiable Oh you pretend it's business as usual The American dream is possible (even if only for you) I want to trust my government, I don't need to be further radicalized But what choice do I have when there's no way to rationalize His power has corrupted him, like those he fights, absolutely And I was not scared of terrorism until he killed diplomacy While you pretend it's business as usual The American way of life is not negotiable Oh you pretend it's business as usual The American dream is possible (even if only in his speeches)
18.
This house is now barren and cold Where once it was scented, overgrown So glad to be leaving this misery Silence, eternal sterility Someone said, "You want to think you are good" No: I don't care what I think When most people would rather hate than communicate You are different, you have something to say, now But now you're so far away In word and body, what can I say? Could you understand my desperation Magnanimous you, understand my attention Unwanted as it was Hope is necessary, just like trust In every situation I find myself Grasping for some connection, anything, something like community But most people would rather hate than communicate You are different; you care what I have to say But now you're so far away In word and body, what can I say Could you understand my anger at them Magnanimous you, understand my reaction Irrational as it was Now you're so far away In word and body, what can I say What can I say that will sound the same On the other side of the electronic divide
19.
You alone shared my tears As we watched such injustice unfold I alone looked into your eyes As rationale was retold Most people argue Pandering to the middle You are always radical Uncompromising When others would follow their rules You would be nobody's fool Focused so strongly As we shared those afternoons Could you, so tranquil, understand my longing To be so much more than friend to you Most people argue Toeing the party line You won't be so easily defined Uncompromising When others say turn the other cheek You will never risk appearing weak I'll never say I disagree But I had different priorities I wanted to have someone beside me Who wanted revolution as unblindly And when I asked you If I could give you just one kiss I've never seen such indifference Uncompromising While I would have changed myself for you You would always remain true
20.
For so long you, you were the one The standard against which All others were compared And I thought since my feelings never changed You were the one for me Now I'm cursing you for letting me hope Cursing your push and pull Hating you for ever letting me go And making me feel responsible When you told me you would be with It seemed too good to be true When you changed your mind (and you changed it so fast) I knew we were through Now I'm cursing you for letting me hope Cursing your push and pull Hating you for ever letting me go And making me feel responsible Now that you're all alone I'm with someone new Suddenly your fears are gone you believe I loved you Now I'm cursing you for hoping for me again Cursing your push and pull Hating that you changed your mind back And I was not responsible
21.
The guilt anchored me But your face could launch a thousand ships And the sky on those nights would steal any heart And now the remorse is yours I hung her on your wall for a reason -- bloody hands, roses I would have done anything to be rid of her Except give up hope of touching you, so I succumbed I have always been blind I will never learn to let go (For now I purge the lies) You failed, you failed like all the rest, At least I though you'd try But my dreams of true love disappeared in half a week I touched you, I found your heart I found it frail but unkind I'll never lay a hand on your soul again. But God how I long to have those nights back The time before bitterness took hold Innocence was painted black and violet In the violence of floods, in the oceans of memories Cascading from this punctured heart That still cries for new wounds... The sorrows couldn't wash away as quickly as love did No time passed before silence and proverbial illusion conquered all And no tears fell after that night, the fall, but nostalgia burns And I am always warm This is my new tightrope I can't see beneath my feet -- I could fall into space This loss of hope is eternal You never believed we were infinitesimal; I still see it -- On nights like this when the sky falls I can still resist hoping I have no more dreams of love I only dream of telling my story (Still I wait for someone to sweep me away, to awaken me to illusory bliss) There is only this song You are absolved Will I ever be possessed by another? (Never wish for the impossible) There is only this song

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released July 5, 2005

All songs written, performed, engineered, and produced by Unwoman. Digitally mastered by Da5id Din at Corrosive Audio www.corrosive-audio.com except the acoustic bonus tracks.

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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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