Where Words Fail, Music Speaks

Brooke Shapiro is the founder and editor-in-chief of The F-Word Blog. She enjoys listening to 90’s R&B, having spontaneous dance parties, and studying feminism in film. 

The power of music should never be underestimated. “Where words fail, music speaks.” Through music, we can change the world. This is what the talented Maggie Musco strives to achieve in her performance of the song “Woman” from The Pirate Queen.

I recently saw Maggie perform this song live and was completely moved by her performance. After hearing this song and seeing Maggie perform it, I felt that the message behind this song was so impactful and seemed really relevant at the moment. I decided this was a message that needed to be shared with everyone and it just felt so fitting to The F-Word. This song mirrors what we are trying to communicate on this blog. Maggie explains how she relates to the song’s message:

“In the show, the character is a woman in 16th century Ireland and she dreams of being able to voyage out to sea alongside her father, but can’t because she is a woman. This song for me is basically a motivator to keep my head up and keep chugging along, even if it’s challenging and even if there are countless obstacles. Every time I sing it, I feel inspired to push myself to do what I want to do no matter what others may say or think.”  

Maggie is one of the strongest women I know. She is someone I respect and admire. I hope hearing her sing this important song inspires you as much as it inspires both Maggie and me.

“It’s such a powerful song. I chose it because when I sing it, I feel so powerful and confident. The underlying power and confidence throughout the entire song is so similar to that of the feminist movement; no matter what it is faced with, it always remains strong, which, in my opinion, is extremely inspiring. “

The lyrics have been provided below the video. Feel free to follow along as you listen. Enjoy!

Woman I am born
What does “woman” mean?
Must my dreams face scorn
Held back and unseen
If I long for fire
Must it stay unreal?
Can I not desire?
Am I not to feel?
If I ache to taste
Am I not to try?
If my heart says sail
Why should I deny?
I have my dreams
I have made plans
I see horizons wide as a man’s
Must I be nothing till I’m some man’s wife?
Look at this face
Does it deceive?
Do I look made to milk and to weave?
I will be damned to Hell if that is my life!
Blasphemy–I know, forgive me! But I won’t take it back! I won’t!
I’m almost your age,
I’m your match in size,
I’m as skilled with swords
And equal in most eyes
But when you have a dream
And you’re caught in its grip
You can climb aboard a ship
You can –
You can for you’re a man!
You can reach toward that place
Where the earth meets the sky
Fight a battle be brave, be true
If you can do it, why not I?
I’m meant to fly
Sail unrestrained
Why is man free and woman chained?
Is that my epitaph before I die?
I should be free
Free to be Grace
So I can feel the wind on my face!
And when life beckons, I should go
Face out the storm, not stay below
Am I to be just woman? No! Not I!
Brooke Shapiro

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