Your Woman

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"Your Woman"
Your Woman single.jpg
Plain slipcase with opening
Single by White Town
from the album Women in Technology
B-side"Give Me Some Pain"
Released13 January 1997
Songwriter(s)Jyoti Mishra
Producer(s)White Town
White Town singles chronology
">Abort, Retry, Fail?_"
"Your Woman"
Audio sample
"Your Woman"

"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. The song peaked at #1 on the UK Singles Chart.

Outside the United Kingdom, the single reached #1 in Iceland and Spain, peaked within the top ten of the charts Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland and Finland and peaked within the top thirty of the charts in the United States.[1] "Your Woman" was White Town's only hit.[2][3]

The song was named the 158th best track of the 1990s by Pitchfork Media.[4] In the booklet of 69 Love Songs, The Magnetic Fields' frontman Stephin Merritt described "Your Woman" as one of his "favourite pop songs of the last few years."[5]

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".[6]

Mishra writes that the themes of the song include: "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."[6]

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." The song was mixed on a computer, this being the Atari ST.

This track earned White Town spot #31 in the 1996 John Peel Festive Fifty, two weeks before going on general sale.

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 use of hypnosis on 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 emphasise 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 surrealist film Un chien andalou (1928).


Tyler James version[edit]

"Your Woman"
Single by Tyler James
from the album The Unlikely Lad
Released22 August 2005
FormatCD, Digital download
LabelIsland Records
Tyler James singles chronology
"Your Woman"
"Single Tear"

British singer songwriter Tyler James released a cover of the song. It was released as the third and final single from his debut 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
1."Your Woman"3:45

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[34] 60

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 22 August 2005 Digital download[35] Island Records

Princess Chelsea version[edit]

"Your Woman"
Single by Princess Chelsea
from the album Your Woman - Single
Released6 February 2009
FormatDigital download
LabelLil' Chief Records
Producer(s)Chelsea Nikkel, Jonathan Bree
Princess Chelsea singles chronology
"Your Woman"
"Monkey Eats Bananas"

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.[37]

Track listings[edit]

Digital download
1."Your Woman"4:39

Other covers[edit]

  • Polish hip hop duo Peel Motyff sampled the song in "Nie jest tak źle" in 2001, on their album Sieć.
  • Naughty Boy, featuring Wiley and Emeli Sandé, sampled the song in "Never Be Your Woman" in 2010.
  • Finnish band Cats on Fire covered the song in 2010, on their album Dealing in Antiques.[38]
  • Australian singer songwriter Darren Hayes performed an acoustic version of the song, in a BBC Radio 2 live session with Jo Whiley in November 2011.[39]
  • Australian indie rock band British India performed a version live on radio station Triple J's weekly segment Like a Version in October 2013.[40]
  • German electronic duo Kush Kush sampled the song in "Fight Back With Love Tonight" in 2017, which peaked at #1 on the Russian music charts on 23 October 2017.[41]
  • White Town released a new version of the song on its twentieth anniversary named "Your Woman 1917", which is recorded with instruments common in 1917.[42]

See also[edit]


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