War Stories

from by Unwoman



In April 2017, the US dropped a “Mother Of All Bombs” in Nangarhar, Afghanistan. Cheryl Strayed tweeted, “Amid the horror of the news I know only this: that bomb was not a mother.” Not directly related to MOAB, Kate Elliott tweeted “‪#ThingsOnlyWomenWritersHear‬ Me (on a panel): we write 1000 ways about war but so few stories of childbirth Man: All childbirth is the same” These inspired this song, about nurturance and birth vs toxic masculinity and war.


Bringer of death of destruction of vengeance
Mother of nothing but war
Liars will tell you it’s to end the violence
Somehow they always make more

You have a thousand ways to tell war stories
Yet say all births are the same
This is your only way to speak to angels:
A trophy kill in your name

Bombs for peace
Work to be free

Your bomb is no one’s mother
A thousand war stories
Will never give mass murder
One word of birth’s glory

You’re seeking other worlds
Because you’ve consumed yours
Why should you tend to growing things
When you could just conquer?

We’ll fight for peace till we’re bloody and bruised and
Still find time to build a world
Push back against how we’re taught to be used and
Never forget who we were

So we’ll fight for peace
And keep on loving
Never for one second buy
The lies you are selling


from War Stories, released January 19, 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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