Your Woman

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"Your Woman"
Your Woman single.jpg
Single by White Town
from the album Women in Technology
B-side "Give Me Some Pain"
Released January 13, 1997
Recorded 1996
Length 4:20
Songwriter(s) Jyoti Mishra
Producer(s) White Town
White Town singles chronology
">Abort, Retry, Fail?_"
"Your Woman"
">Abort, Retry, Fail?_"
"Your Woman"
Audio 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. The song peaked at number 1 on the UK Singles Chart. Outside the United Kingdom, the single topped the charts in Spain, peaked within the top ten of the charts Australia, Canada, Denmark 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 Atari ST computer.

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 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.


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[7] 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 23
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 20
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[10] 7
Canada Alternative 30 (RPM)[11] 2
Canadian Dance (RPM)[12] 5
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[13] 4
Denmark (IFPI)[14] 4
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[15] 4
France (SNEP)[16] 5
Germany (Official German Charts)[17] 24
Ireland (IRMA)[18] 5
Italy (FIMI)[19] 3
MTV Europe[20] 5
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[21] 21
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[22] 5
Norway (VG-lista)[23] 5
Spain (AFYVE)[24] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[25] 10
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[26] 19
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 1
US Billboard Hot 100[27] 23
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 26
US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 5
US Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks 16
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 5

Year-end charts[edit]

End of year chart (1997) Position
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[28] 22
Canadian RPM Alternative 30[29] 19
Italian Singles Chart[30] 25
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[31] 65
Australian ARIA Charts[32] 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
"Your Woman"
"Single Tear"
"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
No. Title Length
1. "Your Woman" 3:45
2. "Temptation" 3:15

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[33] 60

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 22 August 2005 Digital download[34] Island Records

Princess Chelsea version[edit]

"Your Woman"
Single by Princess Chelsea
from the album Your Woman - Single
Released February 6, 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"
"Monkey Eats Bananas"
"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.[36]

Track listings[edit]

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

Other covers[edit]

See also[edit]


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  20. ^ "Search result: MTV Europe single charts since 1991". Charts Surfer. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  21. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – White Town search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
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  23. ^ " – White Town – Your Woman". VG-lista.
  24. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  25. ^ " – White Town – Your Woman". Singles Top 100.
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  27. ^ "White Town – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for White Town.
  28. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 66, No. 15, December 15, 1997". RPM. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
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  32. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 1997". Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  33. ^ ""Your Woman" - search results".\Accessdate=2014-03-31. 
  34. ^ "iTunes - Music - Your Woman - Single by Tyler James". 2005-08-22. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  35. ^ " - Tyler James - Your Woman". Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  36. ^ "Your Woman by Princess Chelsea". Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  37. ^ "Cats On Fire with compilation of older songs". 2010-03-23. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
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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