Oh Woman, Oh Why

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"Oh Woman, Oh Why"
Single by Paul McCartney
A-side "Another Day"
Released 19 February 1971
Format 7"
Recorded November 3 1970
Genre Blues rock
Length 4:32
Label Apple Records
UK: R 5889; US: 1829
Writer(s) Paul McCartney
Producer(s) Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney singles chronology
"Another Day"
"Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" (with Linda McCartney)

"Oh Woman, Oh Why" is a song by musician Paul McCartney. It was first released on the Apple Records label in February 1971 as the B-side to "Another Day", his debut solo single.


The release achieved top-5 status on both sides of the Atlantic, reaching number 5 in the United States and number 2 in the United Kingdom in April 1971.[1][2][3] The song has been praised for McCartney's impressive range of pitch.


This B-side, "Oh Woman, Oh Why", is a tense, bluesy rocker with a rip-roaring vocal from Paul. Combined with drummer Seiwell's thunderous drumming, "Oh Woman, Oh Why" establishes a solid foundation upon which tight guitar lines interweave. McCartney's gritty vocal is one of his best and provides some convincing authenticity to this blues-based rocker.[4] [5]

Later release[edit]

Although "Another Day" and "Oh Woman, Oh Why" were not originally released as part of a Paul McCartney album, they were released as bonus tracks on later editions of Ram. It was included on the Special and Deluxe editions of the 2012 remaster of Ram.[6]

The song was included on an EP (along with "Another Day", "Junk" and "Valentine Day") released only in Mexico.[7]


  1. ^ Rock Movers & Shakers by Dafydd Rees & Luke Crampton, 1991 Billboard Books.
  2. ^ "Paul McCartney Charts and Awards". allmusic. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Official Charts: Paul McCartney". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Blaney, John (2007). Lennon & McCartney: Together Alone. Jawbone Books. 
  5. ^ Blaney 2007, pp. 40.
  6. ^ "Sir Paul McCartney 'RAM' tracklisting, reissue details revealed". paulmccartney.com. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Another Day / Junk / Oh Woman, Oh Why / Valentine Day by Paul McCartney". rateyourmusic.com. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 

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