Song Title : Woman

Show Name : The Pirate Queen

Character Name : Grania (Grace)

Gender : Female

Age : Young Adult

Vocal Part : Mezzo-Soprano

Range : E3-E5

Style : Ballad

Mood : Dramatic, Empowering

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Context & Lyrics

Grania (known in the show as “Grace”) vents to her lover Tiernan over her frustration that her father Dubhdara forbids her to sail on his ship.

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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 must 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!

I’m almost your age,
I’m your match in size,
I’m your match with swords
An equal in most eyes

But when you have a dream
And you’re caught in it’s 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
I want to 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!

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