Bad Man

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Mr Rochester (from Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre) is one of my most hated literary characters that I'm supposed to love. This song is from the perspective of Mr Rochester, or really any man like him (I've known several) who specifically prey on young and naive women who haven't yet learned the truth about these scoundrels, or don't know to expect better. And the trope of the angelic woman who is the salvation of the emotionally and spiritually stunted stunted man was already tired when Brontë was writing, and still gets plenty of play.

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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

credits

from My Kingdom As Great, track released July 28, 2016
Illustration by Edmund H. Garrett
All music by Unwoman, with some percussion samples by EarwormAud.io www.patreon.com/earwormaudio

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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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