Part​-​Time Woman

by Vivek Shraya & Queer Songbook Orchestra

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1.
05:22
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
04:38
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
5.
04:15
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
6.
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

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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