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The Voice of Authority

by Unwoman

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This is a very rough idea for a song, that may never be officially released, that I'm sharing as my 3rd track of the month.

The beat kinda slams but is very repetitive, there's no cello, and the words are a little more... personally revelatory than my typical style, so it may not fit on my next album. The topic is pretty straightforward but a little background is that a lot of friends recently have been talking about hating the way their voices sound on recordings. I started thinking back on how I hated mine, too, for the typical reasons: sounding young, girlish, and totally lacking authority. I've gotten used to my voice, but I eventually had to accept that I'd never be seen as an authority on basically anything, because of my perceived gender and my size. Cool, cool.


Listen to me / I am the voice of authority
Do what I say / Do it the easy way

When I was 13 I heard my voice
On a shitty tape machine
I sounded like a little girl
How could anyone take that voice seriously

But I was a little girl: however I saw myself
That’s what I would be to the world

In college they told me I’d be better off
Not caring what others think
And I faked that confidence
And tried to make myself believe

I shaved my head and wore ill-fitting clothes
In hopes I’d look like I didn’t care
I disavowed the fashion advice I’d absorbed as a teen
(Intellectuals don’t look at THOSE magazines!)

I was still a little girl: however I saw myself
That’s all I would be to the world
Can respect be earned or do I just have to wait
Must I wait forever?

Now I’m much older
My voice never changed and there’s grey in my long hair
And I confess to wanting to be seen as
Beautiful, strong or mature

And I see fierce young femmes demanding
Respect like I never could
And sometimes even getting it
From places I’d despaired I would

But I’m still a little girl: however I see myself
That’s all I ever will be to the world
Soon I will be old and I’m sure
Even more perfectly ignored


released August 1, 2018


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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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