Part​-​Time Woman

by Vivek Shraya & Queer Songbook Orchestra

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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

released 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: I'm Afraid of Men
in my house
in my house
dont even turn the lights on
cause i shine so bright

but when i open the door
my glow starts to fade
cause i'm afraid

my neck hurts from checking my shoulder
my feet hurt from walking faster
are you hitting on me?
are you hitting on me?
or are you going to hit me?

in my room
in my room
dont even have my clothes on
cause my body's free

but when i leave my space
layers to dissuade
cause i'm afraid

my chest hurts from folding over
my back hurts from shrinking smaller
are you hitting on me?
are you hitting on me?
or are you going to hit me?

i shut up i smile i don't complain
i give in say nothing let you have your way
i shut up i smile i don't complain
i give in say nothing let you have your way

are you hitting on me?
are you hitting on me?
or are you going to hit me?

in my house
in my house
dont even turn the lights on
cause i shine so bright
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
Track Name: Hari Nef
is the legacy of being a girl
wanting to be heard
wanting to be her

she's so pretty bet her life is perfect
she's so funny bet her life is flawless

i wonder if she's happy being her
or if like me she wants to wants to be somebody else

girl girl girl who do you wanna be?
who do you wanna be?
girl girl girl who do you wanna be?
who do you wanna be?

you know we outta be no one else
but they keep telling us something else

is the legacy of being a girl
having your worth
measured by her

is the penalty for being a girl
having to endure
never being sure

she's so pretty bet your life would be perfect
she's so funny bet your life would be flawless

i wonder if she's happy being her
or if like me she's forced to want, want to be somebody else

girl girl girl who do you wanna be?
who do you wanna be?
girl girl girl who do you wanna be?
who do you wanna be?

you know we outta be no one else
but they keep telling us something else
you know we outta be no one else
but they keep showin us someone else

girl girl girl who do you wanna be when no one is around?
girl girl girl who do you wanna be when no one is around?

you know we outta be no one else
but they keep telling us something else
you know we outta be no one else
but they keep showin us someone else

is the legacy of being a girl
wanting to be heard
wanting to be her
Track Name: Brown Girls
don't hide your beauty
don't hide your hairy
and don't be hard on me
don't be hard on me

don't hide your darkness
don't hide your sharpness
and don't be hard on me
don't be hard on me

i know the sister i have always wanted was me
but the sisters i have always needed are you

don't hide your sacred
don't hide your origins
and don't be hard on me
don't be hard on me

don't hide your ambitions
i'm not competition
so don't be hard on me
don't be hard on me

i know the sister i have always wanted was me
but the sisters i have always needed are you

i’ve always looked up to you
you’ve sometimes looked past me
but i’ve always been one of you

don't hide your beauty
don't hide your hairy
don't hide your darkness
don't hide your sharpness
don't hide your sacred
don't hide your origins
Track Name: Girl, It's Your Time
girl, it's your time
don't ever ever change your mind
cause you're mine

all those years of playing tough
all those years i gave you up

i’m never going to hide you
never going to fight you again
not for any man

girl, it's your body
don't ever ever say you’re sorry
cause you’re not a copy

all those years i wore myself hard
all those years i kept you barred

i’m never going to hide you
never going to fight you again
not for any man

girl, it's your life
but it's not your world
you're not always safe
so whenever you're afraid
just know you're always
my girl

girl, it's yours yours yours
this time is yours yours yours
this time is yours yours yours
this time is yours yours yours

i’m never going to hide you
never going to fight you again
not for any man