Your Woman

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For the album by Sunshine Anderson, or its title track, see Your Woman (album).
"Your Woman"
Single by White Town
from the album Women in Technology
Released 13 January 1997
Recorded 1996
Genre Electronica, alternative dance, trip hop, funk
Length 4:20
Label Chrysalis/EMI
Writer(s) Jyoti Mishra
Producer(s) White Town
White Town singles chronology
">Abort, Retry, Fail?_"
(1996)
"Your Woman"
(1997)
"Undressed"
(1997)
Music sample

"Your Woman" is a song by British one-man band White Town. It was released on 13 January 1997 as the lead single from the album, Women in Technology. It features a muted trumpet line taken from "My Woman" by Al Bowlly and it peaked at number one in the UK Singles Chart. It also topped the charts in Spain, and peaked at number two in Australia, number four in Canada, Denmark and Finland and number 23 in the United States.[1]

Background and writing[edit]

White Town's sole band member and writer of "Your Woman", Jyoti Prakash Mishra, has stated that the lyrics could stem from or be related to multiple situations. He says "When I wrote it, I was trying to write a pop song that had more than one perspective. Although it’s written in the first person the character behind that viewpoint isn’t necessarily what the casual listener would expect".[2] The lyrics could mean "Being a member of an orthodox Trotskyist / Marxist movement. Being a straight guy in love with a lesbian. Being a gay guy in love with a straight man. Being a straight girl in love with a lying, two-timing, fake-arse Marxist. The hypocrisy that results when love and lust get mixed up with highbrow ideals."[2] Many listeners also likened the song to a breakup letter, where the man reading the breakup letter imitates the woman's voice.[2]

The '>Abort, Retry, Fail?_' message that appeared on some inlay cards is explained by the artist thus: "Well, this cheerful message became a kind of shibboleth for me and sort-of characterizes what's been going on for me the last few years."

Content[edit]

The song is a reworking of the 1932 Bing Crosby song "My Woman," composed by Crosby (lyrics), Irving Wallman, and Max Wartell (music and lyrics). Al Bowlly, who was a vocalist in the Ray Noble Orchestra, recorded a version of "My Woman" on 29 November 1932 with the Lew Stone and the Monseigneur Band in London. The Bowlly version was featured in the Pennies from Heaven film and soundtrack, and it was this version that White Town sampled for "Your Woman."

Music video[edit]

The music video was produced in black-and-white silent film style. Most of the outdoor scenes were filmed in Derby.

In the video there are numerous elements of acting, cinematography, and editing that suggest an old-fashioned film style. The exaggerated gestures of the hat-wearing woman, helpless and fearful, and those of her quick-tempered lover hint at the acting style from 1920s expressionist films. The ostensive metaphors, such as the hypnotising of the woman by the man or the recurring shots of crossroad signs bearing names of romantic relationship-related attitudes, remind of the 1920s and 1930s efforts to express subjectivism in film. The use of circular masks, as to emphasize focal points or for a mere elegant look, also belongs to the aforementioned period. At the point where the woman first enters the man's bedroom and in the final rope scene, match cuts are used in a manner resemblant of that from silent experimental films. Mishra can be seen for brief moments on television screens in the background.

There is also a scene where the woman closes the door on the man's arm, as she tries to escape from his advances. This is a direct reference to a very similar scene from Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel's 1928 surrealist film Un chien andalou.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 23
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 20
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[6] 7
Canada Alternative 30 (RPM)[7] 2
Canadian Dance (RPM)[8] 5
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[9] 4
Denmark (IFPI)[10] 4
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[11] 4
France (SNEP)[12] 5
Germany (Media Control Charts)[13] 24
Ireland (IRMA)[14] 5
Italy (FIMI)[15] 3
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[16] 21
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[17] 5
Norway (VG-lista)[18] 5
Spain (AFYVE)[19] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[20] 10
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 19
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 23
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 26
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks 16
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 5

End of year chart[edit]

End of year chart (1997) Position
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[22] 22
Canadian RPM Alternative 30[23] 19
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[24] 65
Australian ARIA Charts[25] 35

Tyler James version[edit]

"Your Woman"
Single by Tyler James
from the album The Unlikely Lad
Released 22 August 2005
Format CD, Digital download
Recorded 2004
Genre Pop
Length 3:45
Label Island Records
Tyler James singles chronology
"Foolish"
(2005)
"Your Woman"
(2005)
"Single Tear"
(2012)

British singer–songwriter Tyler James released a cover of the song. It was released as the third and final single from his debut album studio album The Unlikely Lad (2005). It was released as a Digital download in the United Kingdom on 22 August 2005. The song peaked to number 60 on the UK Singles Chart.

Track listings[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Your Woman"   3:45
2. "Temptation"   3:15

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[26] 60

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 22 August 2005 Digital download[27] Island Records
CD[28]

Princess Chelsea version[edit]

"Your Woman"
Single by Princess Chelsea
from the album Your Woman - Single
Released 06 February 2009
Format Digital download
Recorded 2004
Genre Pop
Length 4:39
Label Lil' Chief Records
Producer(s) Chelsea Nikkel, Jonathan Bree
Princess Chelsea singles chronology
"Your Woman"
(2009)
"Monkey Eats Bananas"
(2009)

New Zealand musician Princess Chelsea released a cover of the song in 2009. It was released as her first single and was a non-album single. It was released as a digital download.[29]

Track listings[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Your Woman"   4:39

Other covers[edit]

  • Production duo Dolby Anol covered the song.
  • Wiley featuring Emeli Sandé, sampled the song in "Never Be Your Woman" in 2010
  • Cats on Fire, a Finnish band, covered the song in 2010 on their album Dealing in Antiques.[30]
  • Darren Hayes performed an acoustic version of this song in a BBC 2 live session with Jo Whiley in November 2011[31]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 279. 
  2. ^ a b c "White Town – Your Questions Answered!". Whitetown.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – White Town – Your Woman". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  4. ^ "White Town – Your Woman – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – White Town – Your Woman" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – White Town – Your Woman" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  8. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  9. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  10. ^ "Billboard - Google Books". Books.google.ca. 1997-04-12. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  11. ^ "White Town: Your Woman" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  12. ^ "Lescharts.com – White Town – Your Woman" (in French). Les classement single.
  13. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  14. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: W". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – White Town search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  17. ^ "Charts.org.nz – White Town – Your Woman". Top 40 Singles.
  18. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – White Town – Your Woman". VG-lista.
  19. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  20. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – White Town – Your Woman". Singles Top 60.
  21. ^ "White Town – Your Woman – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  22. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 66, No. 15, December 15, 1997". RPM. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  23. ^ "Rock/Alternative - Volume 66, No. 15, December 15, 1997". RPM. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  24. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1997". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  25. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 1997". Aria.com.au. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  26. ^ ""Your Woman" - search results". Theofficialcharts.com\Accessdate=2014-03-31. 
  27. ^ "iTunes - Music - Your Woman - Single by Tyler James". Itunes.apple.com. 2005-08-22. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  28. ^ "Amazon.de - Tyler James - Your Woman". Amazon.de. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  29. ^ "Your Woman by Princess Chelsea". Princesschelsea.lilchiefrecords.com. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  30. ^ "Cats On Fire with compilation of older songs". Eardrumsmusic.com. 2010-03-23. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  31. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b016x4h8

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Preceded by
"Professional Widow" by Tori Amos
UK Singles Chart number-one single
19 January 1997 – 25 January 1997
Succeeded by
"Beetlebum" by Blur