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Falling Leaves

by Unwoman

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The last two weeks have without a doubt been some of the most difficult in my life due to a ton of personal stuff (I and my family are fine). But the universe gave me this song. It began as a 9:36 improv I did while practicing electric cello August 11. I ended up keeping the main musical concept (it is devastatingly clever) and the main theme of the lyrics.

It's about people I used to play shows with 10 years ago giving up on music, and myself acknowledging that maybe this career is harder on me than I would like to admit. Right now it's got the featured final spot on my my next album.


A simple thing
The fall of leaves
Touches me, makes me weep
Far away, far away, love, were those days
Far now — the years carried those hopes away

So many around me have given up
“What if we all worked to make this world better”
But it keeps getting harder to get better
So pass it on to someone younger
Though they may not know the stakes

Would they prefer I shape myself
Into perfection as a girl
Powerless, powerless is the muse
And that’s how we are crushed under foot

It’s OK to weep
For those we have lost
For what might have been
And what was the cost?

I keep reaching still!

And all the rest of them
Must be so content
Don’t have to be scrutinized or constantly pretend

But I know they wonder
How life would be
If they could have survived being wild and brave and free!

And the joke’s on me girl
I’m still in this shit
All the ones with self-respect have already quit

But you’re still alive and
You’re still the best
Come and play a show with me once you’ve had some rest

You’re still here, listening
Just behind where I have been
You’ll catch up
Don’t you worry
Don’t give up


released August 23, 2022




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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