Boxes

Poet/Lyricist: 

Catherine Dalton
“Boxes” is about wanting to live in a world where we can all “be free to be who we’re meant to be” - a world where we can be “true to ourselves, true to the world.” I worked on the lyrics with friends of mine who know a lot about cultural gendered boxes, but some of the words also came from my own experiences of feeling boxed in by clothing options, gendered language, and societal expectation. My friends who helped with the lyrics were also brave enough to be interviewed and allow their interviews to be included in the score.

Commissioned by: 

The American Choral Director's Association of Minnesota (ACDA-MN) for the 2020 State 9-10 SSAA Honor choir, Brandon Dean , guest conductor

Premiere: 

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Level: 

Moderate
Item Voicing Media Price
HSP-120-05 SSAA and piano $2.25
HSP-120_Stories
digital download
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Text:

Boxes

Boxes, boxes, boxes
Everywhere
Boxes, boxes, boxes
Check
Boxes, boxes, boxes
Stacking us up

Why do they want to put us in boxes?
Girls, boys,
Boys, girls?

Why do the stores separate our socks as
Boys, girls
Girls, boys?

And why are the things we buy categorized,
gender-wise?

Boxes for pink, boxes for blue
Boxes for me, boxes for you.
All of these boxes to check.
Boxes right up to our necks.

Boxing us in, kicking us out.
“Where does it stop?”
We wanna shout.
Let us out,
Please let us out.
We want out!

Stacking us up against each other.
Stacking us up against the norm.
And why does the norm inform so many decisions?
We see a lot of division.

What if being me means coloring outside of the lines?
What if being me means breaking boxes open?
What if being me means living my dream to be who I’m meant to be?
True to myself, true to the world, true to me?

Stacking us up against each other.
Stacking us up against the norm.
And why does the norm inform so many decisions?
We see a lot of division.

We want to live in a world where you can break boxes open.
We want to live in a world where you can color outside of the lines.
We want to live in a world where no one has to hide who they are inside.
In this new world, we are all free to be who we’re meant to be,
whoever that may be.

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