As You Wish

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I wanted to write about The Princess Bride, and to focus on Princess Buttercup’s perspective, because the book actually gives her agency despite putting her in a damsel-in-distress predicament. Her ardent affection toward Westley, her resolve that he will come for her. It ended up being one of my favorite songs to play at wedding receptions.

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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

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from War Stories, released January 19, 2018

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Unwoman San Francisco

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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