To be a Woman

by Jessica Dennison

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This is a song I wrote for an English class. It's about Sojourner Truth, the story The Yellow Wallpaper, and A poem by Adrienne Rich called "The Wreck".

This is a home acoustic recording without any manipulations.


My name is Truth, some call me slave, girl, and Jezebel. The white folks I know carry their porcelain ladies over puddles. But here I am without shoes, no one will carry me... I walk on my own. No, I'm not porcelain. I work so hard and bear the whip like a man. I gave birth to thirteen children watched all my babies sold off into slavery.
I'd rather not say what my name is. John might hear me. He says he loves me, but I need to stay in this yellow hell of a room? He hasn't even asked me why I've been in a deep dark pain these days. I'm that woman in the wallpaper. I'm going to set us free. When I creep all over John, he won't have the bravery to laugh at me again.
I'm a wreck, but that's okay. I dive into my blue, despite every fear. I will find out what it means to be perfectly me. I don't need a book of myths to tell me who or what I am. When the waters are too dark and painful I'll still do what needs to be done. Aren't I a woman and not the fall? I'm not trapped behind yellow walls after all.


released December 30, 2012



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Jessica Dennison New Paltz, New York

I write and make music. I can't get away from it. I hope you enjoy these songs-if you do, feel free to contact me, and stay tuned for more music.

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