Woman (John Lennon song)

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Single by John Lennon
from the album Double Fantasy
B-side"Beautiful Boys" (Yoko Ono)
Released12 January 1981 (US)
16 January 1981 (UK)
Format7", Cassette
Recorded5 August, 27 August, 8 September, 22 September 1980
GenreSoft rock
Songwriter(s)John Lennon
Producer(s)John Lennon, Yoko Ono & Jack Douglas
John Lennon singles chronology
"(Just Like) Starting Over"
"Watching the Wheels"
Double Fantasy track listing
14 tracks
Side one
  1. "(Just Like) Starting Over"
  2. "Kiss Kiss Kiss"
  3. "Cleanup Time"
  4. "Give Me Something"
  5. "I'm Losing You"
  6. "I'm Moving On"
  7. "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)"
Side two
  1. "Watching the Wheels"
  2. "Yes, I'm Your Angel"
  3. "Woman"
  4. "Beautiful Boys"
  5. "Dear Yoko"
  6. "Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him"
  7. "Hard Times Are Over"

"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 murder on 8 December 1980.[1] The B-side of the single is Ono's song "Beautiful Boys".[1]

Lennon wrote "Woman" as an ode to his wife Yoko Ono, and to all women.[2] 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".[3] 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".[1]

Chart performance[edit]

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 REO Speedwagon's hit "Keep On Loving You" and Blondie's hit "Rapture") while reaching number 1 on the Cashbox Top 100.[4]


Cover versions[edit]

The Shadows did an instrumental version as a medley with "Imagine" in 1981.

Pop group Brotherhood of Man recorded a version in 1981, which was featured on their album 20 Love Songs.

Ozzy Osbourne recorded this song on his 2005 Under Cover album.

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[edit]

The 2008 video game by Nintendo Wii Music features this song as playable song.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Blaney, John (2005). John Lennon: Listen to This Book (illustrated ed.). [S.l.]: Paper Jukebox. p. 196. ISBN 978-0-9544528-1-0.
  2. ^ Playboy Interview, Sheff, 1980
  3. ^ "1980 Rolling Stone Interview with John Lennon by Jonathan Cott". Retrieved October 27, 2006.
  4. ^ Blaney, John (2005). John Lennon: Listen to This Book (illustrated ed.). [S.l.]: Paper Jukebox. p. 326. ISBN 978-0-9544528-1-0.
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Woman". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  6. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  8. ^ "John Lennon Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  9. ^ Billboard
  10. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles
  11. ^ Australian-charts.com
  12. ^ Nztop40.co.nz
  13. ^ "Pop Singles" Billboard December 26, 1981: YE-9

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