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"Woman" is a song written and performed by John Lennon from his 1980 album Double Fantasy. Lennon wrote it 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.
- 2 Aftermath
- 3 Personnel
- 4 Cover versions
- 5 In popular culture
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
"Woman" 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". 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 reached at number 2 on Billboard Hot 100, while peaking at number 1 on the Cashbox Top 100. The single was also a commercial success in New Zealand where it spent five weeks at number 1.
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.
- 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.