Won't Be Erased

by The Variants

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Won't Be Erased is an anthem of trans life and survival. I wrote it because transfolks like me need a song to belt out when we're afraid or in need of a battle cry or a hopeful hymn. Times are terrible, and our threats are existential. Those in power wish to remove our protections or remove us entirely. I have plenty of friends that have little hope or are too exhausted to consider that we can survive. That we can choose not to die. That we can tell the world that we are worthy of life and love.

lyrics

I hate myself enough I don’t need your help
You can tone it down cause I’ve gone through hell

I keep feeling like the world’s gonna kill me before I can tell it not to
I keep feeling like some man’s gonna kill me before I can tell him not to.
But I’m gonna fight while I am alive.

No you won’t take that away from me
I won’t go quiet
I wont be erased

When we’re on TV you get murder hungry
You’re gonna bash my friends and your gonna squash our heartbeats

I keep feeling like the world’s gonna kill us before we can tell it not to
I keep feeling like some man’s gonna kill us before we can tell him not to.
But I’m gonna fight while I am alive.

No you won’t take that away from me
I won’t go quiet
I wont be erased

No you won’t take that away from me
I won’t go quiet
I wont be erased

It’s not Identity Politics. It’s my life.
When we ask for your solutions you say “die”
You want us in your beds or you want us dead
But that’s not an option
But that’s not an option

I thought I was changing so I could be ignored
But I must stay in sight for those that I’m fighting for

I keep feeling like the world’s gonna kill us but I’m gonna tell it not to
I keep feeling like some man’s gonna kill me but I’m gonna tell him not to.
I’m gonna fight while I am alive.

No you won’t take that away from me
I won’t go quiet
I wont be erased

No you won’t take that away from me
I won’t go quiet
I wont be erased

I wont be erased

credits

released May 24, 2019
Lyrics and Composition by Quinn Bleiler
Arranged and Performed by The Variants

The Variants are
Quinn Bleiler—Lead Vocals, Guitar, Synth
Ardon Lee—Violin
Rodya Hutwagner—Bass, Backing Vocals
Kat Enyeart—Drums, backing Vocals
Roark Turner—Guitar

Additional backing vocals by Isabel Thomas and Henri Argyle

Recorded at Stray Pines Recording
Mixed by Chris Biggs at Stray Pines Recording
Mastered by Castle Gayskull Mastering

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The Variants Portland, Oregon

The Variants are a transwoman lead five-piece rock band from Portland, OR. They have been creating danceable, socially minded music since 2016. Last year, NPRmusic called them “the most Pacific Northwest band” and “punk rock”, but their music fiercely refuses to be easily described—Genre, like gender, is a palate to use, rather than a lane to ride in. ... more

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