Before the King

by Unwoman

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I've been having some form of writer's block (which is really just a lack of quiet, focused but open-ended music time in my life, and I'm trying to fix that) but finally finished my first original song in 7 months.

It's about a reluctantly far-sighted singer who tries to sanitize the truth about what she sees in her debut audience with the king... tralalalaaaaaa!

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Bb minor
bb a- Gb F7

I have appeared at last before the king
And while I still can, I must sing
I sing through smiling lips and pretend
I don’t know it’s the end

I can’t stop it this gift of vision
I can’t help but see what’s coming
And I’m not even given
A faustian bargain
Because no one wants what I’m selling
(Souls are a dime a dozen)
[chorus]

Everything happens
Not for a reason
But it has to happen to someone
I used to have a potion
To quiet the visions
But now even our poison is poisoned
And I was never aspirational
Only living as a cautionary tale
Having to dance and beg on my knees
My only chance at dignity
And to pretend that these scraps are enough
For the sake of the lords above

I have appeared at last before the king
And while I still can, I must sing
I sing through smiling lips and pretend
We don’t know it’s the end

[begin chanting, layering]
But of my own space and time I am queen
And while I still can, I must sing x2

But of my own space and time I am queen
And while I still can, I must sing
[solo with echoes]
I sing the truth: Death comes for us all
And now she stands in your great hall

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released June 30, 2019

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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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