Woman (John Lennon song)
|Single by John Lennon|
|from the album Double Fantasy|
|B-side||"Beautiful Boys" (Yoko Ono)|
|Released||12 January 1981 (US)
16 January 1981 (UK)
|Recorded||5 August, 27 August, 8 September, 22 September 1980|
|Genre||Pop, soft rock|
|Producer(s)||John Lennon, Yoko Ono & Jack Douglas|
|John Lennon singles chronology|
"Woman" is a song written and performed by John Lennon from his 1980 album Double Fantasy. The track was chosen by Lennon to be the second single released from the Double Fantasy album, and it was the first Lennon single issued after his death on 8 December 1980. The B-side of the single is Ono's song "Beautiful Boys".
Lennon wrote "Woman" as an ode to his wife Yoko Ono, and to all women. The track begins with Lennon whispering, "For the other half of the sky ...", a paraphrase of a Chinese proverb, once used by Mao Zedong.
In an interview for Rolling Stone magazine on 5 December 1980, Lennon said that "Woman" was a "grown-up version" of his song "Girl". On 5 June 1981, Geffen re-released "Woman" as a single as part of their "Back to Back Hits" series, with the B-side "(Just Like) Starting Over". In 1965, Lennon's then-songwriting partner and fellow Beatle band mate, Paul McCartney, had written a different song entitled "Woman" for Peter & Gordon using a pseudonym. Thus, both Lennon and McCartney have individual credit for writing different charting songs with the same title.
The single debuted at number 3 in the UK, then moving to number 2 and finally reaching number 1, where it spent two weeks, knocking off the top spot his own re-released "Imagine". In the US the single peaked at number 2 on Billboard Hot 100 (kept out of the top spot by Blondie's hit "Rapture") while reaching number 1 on the Cashbox Top 100.
Weekly singles charts
- John Lennon - vocals, acoustic guitar
- Earl Slick, Hugh McCracken - lead guitar
- Tony Levin - bass
- George Small - piano, Fender Rhodes electric piano
- Michelle Simpson, Cassandra Wooten, Cheryl Mason Jacks, Eric Troyer - backing vocals
- Andy Newmark - drums
- Arthur Jenkins - percussion
In 2007, Ben Jelen's version appeared on Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur as an iTunes exclusive bonus track.
In popular culture
- Blaney, John (2005). John Lennon: Listen to This Book (illustrated ed.). [S.l.]: Paper Jukebox. p. 196. ISBN 978-0-9544528-1-0.
- Playboy Interview, Sheff, 1980
- "1980 Rolling Stone Interview with John Lennon by Jonathan Cott". Retrieved October 27, 2006.
- Blaney, John (2005). John Lennon: Listen to This Book (illustrated ed.). [S.l.]: Paper Jukebox. p. 326. ISBN 978-0-9544528-1-0.
"Imagine" by John Lennon
|UK number one single
7 February 1981 - 14 February 1981
"Shaddap You Face" by Joe Dolce Music Theatre
"The Tide Is High" by Blondie
|RIANZ (New Zealand) number one single
27 February 1981 - 3 April 1981
"Bridge" by Dean Warentini