Part​-​Time Woman

by Vivek Shraya & Queer Songbook Orchestra

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1.
05:22
2.
I'm Afraid of Men
3.
4.
Hari Nef
5.
Brown Girls
6.
Girl, It's Your Time

about

PART-TIME WOMAN is a question and a critique: What defines woman?

A critique of the labour expected in order to be seen and valued as feminine.

For anyone who has been misgendered, made to feel not feminine enough, or struggled to find home in a language that resists complexity.

credits

releases June 9, 2017

Lyrics, songs and vocal arrangements by Vivek Shraya

Produced & Mixed by James Bunton at The Glen Gordon

Mastered by Fedge
Engineered by Chris Sandes at Palace Sound
Additional Engineering by Alex Gable at Union Sound Company and James Bunton at The Glen Gordon

Performed by
Vivek Shraya (lead vocals)

Queer Songbook Orchestra:
Bijan Sepanji (violin)
Evan Lamberton (cello)
Lief Mosbaugh (oboe)
Micajah Sturgess (french horn)
Shaun Brodie (trumpet/flugelhorn)
Thom Gill (guitar)
Ghislain Aucoin (piano)
Daniel Fortin (double bass)
Philippe Melanson (drums)

TiKA (additional vocals)
Sally Zori (additional vocals)
Choir! Choir! Choir! (additional vocals)
Suba Sankaran (additional vocals)

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Photograph by Tanja-Tiziana

Dress and styling by Mic Carter for L'Uomo Strano
Makeup by Alanna Chelmick
Hair by Fabio Persico

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This project has been generously supported by the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.

Special thank you to Trisha Yeo, Shemeena Shraya, Adam Holman, Amber Dawn, Farzana Doctor and Shamik Bilgi for their contributions.

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Track Name: Sweetie
ever since i call myself girl
you call me darlin
ever since i call myself girl
you call me dear

am i your sugar plum?
huney bun?

where was your tender all these years?
where was your tender?
and now you want to protect me
when the only one
i needed saving from
is you

ever since i call myself girl
you call me sweetie
ever since i call myself girl
you call me baby

am i your cupcake
dollface?

where was your tender all these years?
where was your tender?
and now you want to protect me
when the only one
i needed saving from
is you

ever since i call myself girl
uve mistaken me for frail
but no matter what i call myself
you just want to curtail

do you hold me dear?
or am i what you fear?

where was your tender all these years?
where was your tender?
and now you want to protect me
when the only one
i needed saving from
is you
Track Name: Part-Time Woman
i don't shave
i don't wear makeup
no skirts
i don't dress up

what does that make me?
does that make me a part-time woman?

how many high notes do you have to reach?
how many hours do you have to bleed?
or will i always be a part-time woman?

i don't shave
i don't wear lipstick
i am not polished
i don't fix it

what does that make me?
does that make me a part-time woman?

how much weight do you have to lose?
how many hours do you have to prove?
or am i just doomed as a part-time woman?

part-time woman don't you know
no one can tell you
what you already know
if you only could let go

i don't shave
i don't wear makeup