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Song: We Are Who We Are

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I finished a song! It took me about a year. I was waiting to post it until after we debuted it at Norwescon. I think it went over pretty well. :)

Background: this was commissioned by Tony, who wanted a geek anthem. I got partway through writing it and found myself blocked. Thinking of all the things still wrong, and things that were going on at the time both in and out of fandom-- harrassment, backlash over representation, lack of protections still for so many-- I just didn't see how I could write a song about how much it got better.

I confessed this tearfully to Tony, who said, essentially, "write it the way you see it."

Parts of this were inspired by Seanan McGuire, and parts of this were inspired by Dean Trippe. This might have been titled "We Are Who We Are and Screw Anyone Who Doesn't Like It," or possibly "My Geek Pride Will Be Intersectional or It Will Be Bullshit". But for purposes of fitting on a CD case, I went with "We Are Who We Are." (The bits in parentheses are counterpoint.)


We Are Who We Are
by Vixy & Tony

Do you remember the first time you learned
Monsters could be real?
Behind the teacher's back or behind closed doors
What their smiles could conceal
Sly little cruelties they denied
Betrayals of trust that ache inside
The ones that you turned to who replied
"Oh just ignore" (not anymore)
 
Did you find your solace in stories
On the screen or on the page
Escape to another world, another age
 
Do you remember the first time you learned
Monsters could be slain?
The stories said the power could be yours
And you could ease the pain
And sometimes the monster could be tamed
And sometimes you learned, when it was named
That sometimes the monster was the same
The same as you (some tales are true)
 
The heroes and monsters together said
Come with us, you'll be safe and strong
You are welcome as you are, where you belong
 
(We Are) We are the lovers and the dreamers
And we will stand up, win or lose
(We Are) We are the children of the future
And we will make it what we choose
(We Are) We are creators of our own worlds
Every planet, every star
(We are) we don't need anyone to tell us
Who we are (we are who we are)
 
Did you imagine you'd ever find
A place that you could share
The stories and the songs and the many worlds
Before someone joined you there
Remember that all your loves are true
If anyone says it's not for you
Just look around, you know what to do
You have a voice (we have a choice)

We all have a chair at the gaming table
And it's time for them to learn
We're here we belong, and it's our turn
 
(We Are) We are the lovers and the dreamers
And we will stand up, win or lose
(We Are) We are the children of the future
And we will make it what we choose
(We Are) We are creators of our own worlds
Every planet, every star
(We are) we don't need anyone to tell us
Who we are (we are who we are)
 
It's gotta get better
We've changed the world, but we're far from done
We've gotta make it better
For everyone
It's gotta get better, now
Hold your head up and be brave
You can't stop the signal
So let's misbehave
 
Do you believe in a world
Where every person has a place
Where everyone can find their story
And see a reflection of their own face
Where no one has to hide anymore
Well this is what our tales are for
To teach ourselves there's so much more
That we can be (to make them see)

Until no one's voice is silenced
Until no one has to fear
We'll raise our voice, we'll draw the line right here
 
(We Are) We are the lovers and the dreamers
And we will stand up, win or lose
(We Are) We are the children of the future
And we will make it what we choose
(We Are) We are creators of our own worlds
Every planet, every star
(We are) we don't need anyone to tell us
Who we are (we are who we are)
Originally posted at http://vixy.dreamwidth.org/789979.html.

Comments

( what 14 dormice said — feed your head )
maribou
Apr. 25th, 2014 05:14 am (UTC)
That is lovely. I look forward to hearing it someday.
joecoustic
Apr. 25th, 2014 10:52 am (UTC)
Glad you were able to finish it! I love the words look forward to hearing it! :)
reedrover
Apr. 25th, 2014 03:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I enjoyed this... deeply. I hope it was as well received in person as it is on screen here.
lastalda
Apr. 25th, 2014 06:38 pm (UTC)
These are great lyrics.
Looking forward to hopefully hearing the song at FilkCONtinental? :-)
admnaismith
Apr. 25th, 2014 06:55 pm (UTC)

Oh wow.

You wrote another anthem.

You are amazing.
catsittingstill
Apr. 25th, 2014 10:20 pm (UTC)
Yay! I look forward to hearing this one.
setauuta
Apr. 26th, 2014 01:17 am (UTC)
This was absolutely amazing at Norwescon - your concerts were the highlight of the con for me. :)
ladymondegreen
Apr. 26th, 2014 04:48 am (UTC)
*cheers*

This definitely resonates with me. I'm really looking forward to hearing it.
nonnycat
Apr. 26th, 2014 08:35 am (UTC)
I very much enjoyed this at Norwescon. I have auditory processing issues, so I had trouble making out some of the lyrics (not you! it's totally me! I have to have my partner turn on subtitles on movies and TV and everything) so it's awesome to see the written out lyrics and what I didn't catch. :D

Awesome song, and I think one of my favorites from you. :)
patoadam
Apr. 26th, 2014 03:36 pm (UTC)
Marvelous! How inspiring! I hope to hear it soon.

I know from experience how difficult it is to write a fannish anthem. Here is my competent but less inspiring effort.
brithistorian
Apr. 27th, 2014 03:20 am (UTC)
This is amazing! My hat is off to you! :-D
erinwrites
Apr. 29th, 2014 01:25 pm (UTC)
Oh Vixy...this is beautiful. I can't wait to hear it. <3
elizalavelle
Apr. 29th, 2014 04:55 pm (UTC)
I loved hearing this song live, it's a really powerful and moving one. Moreso, I think, because it highlights that things aren't perfect even when you find your people and fit in somewhere there are still a lot of times when being nerdy can be a source of pain.
bookwyrm172006
Apr. 30th, 2014 10:26 am (UTC)
That is beautiful. Thank you.
( what 14 dormice said — feed your head )

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