The Surrender

by Unwoman

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This is the first original song I’ve finished since Leonard was born. It’s been an intense 12 weeks. I had a realization a few weeks into it that I felt a love I’d never experienced before, enveloping me, and I surrendered to it completely. This song is about that, and the fact that I came into motherhood with a blank slate, and have experienced a bit of a rebirth myself.

I was practicing looping cello a few weeks ago and watching my baby sleep, and this chord progression came to me. It’s very chromatic and I love the undulating feel.


I seared my fingertips
To cleanse my identity
I burned off my palms
To erase my destiny
I tore out all the pages
To clear my history
I’m naked as you
With nothing but clarity

I thought I knew the colors of love
Long before I knew what love meant oh
Bowed before gods and sex and drugs
But I have just now learned to surrender

I have forgot the words
will you learn them with me
as slowly we emerge
from a world without memory
I’ve had only one wish
Since you appeared to me
To watch over you
Growing and happy


released January 31, 2017
image is Cecilia Beaux, Les Derniers Jours d’Enfance



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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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