Flies

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Over the last couple years several men among my acquaintance, a good percentage of them slightly famous, have been outed very publicly as rapists and abusers. I wrote a song directed at an amalgam of two of them, about whisper networks and reputation, and reasons why one might not come forward with one’s story for fear of either judgment or unwanted sympathy.

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There was a time before the winged creatures spoke to each other
A bad reputation was the scent of sticky honey
Attracting flies and bears alike
Calling the birds out of the sky to alight with aspiration
Oh, to touch your dangerous beauty
To know terrestrial pleasures as you, an expert in knowing them, do
The promise to teach wildness to the politely restrained

We argue about the right way to say things
Call out an insensitive metaphor
In black and white everyone can see our failings
And we can never be sorry enough
Yet there are real monsters in our midst
Whose demons burn them from within
Hollow corpses walking hungry
And we let you — afraid to speak your names
To lose the honor of your celebrity

Don’t you know flies love shit too
Soon that’s all you’ll have surrounding you
A thick cloud of insects your exile
Goodbye bears and birds and pretty girls

Remember when I assured you
No one will believe me when I tell them what you’ve done
So you don’t need to silence me
I may as well speak and let them think I just want the attention

But picturing public opinion: shocked at my brashness
Or full of saccharine sympathy
I recoiled, hushed
But the birds I told believed me
The ones I got to before you could poison them against me
Those immune to the slick ooze of your charm

The honey smells like shit

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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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