Song of the Day: Your Woman by White Town

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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.

Lyrics:

Just tell me what you’ve got to say to me,
I’ve been waiting for so long to hear the truth,
It comes as no surprise at all you see,
So cut the crap and tell me that we’re through.

Now I know your heart, I know your mind,
You don’t even know you’re being unkind,
So much for all your high brow Marxist ways,
Just use me up and then you walk away.
Boy, you can’t play me that way.

Well I guess what you say is true,
I could never be the right kind of girl for you,
I could never be your woman.

I could never be your woman,
I could never be your woman,
I could never be your woman.

When I saw my best friend yesterday,
She said she never liked you from the start,
Well me, I wish that I could claim the same,
But you always knew you held my heart.

And you’re such a charming, handsome man,
Now I think I finally understand,
Is it in your genes, I don’t know,
But I’ll soon find out, that’s for sure,
Why did you play me this way?

Well I guess what you say is true,
I could never be the right kind of girl for you,
I could never be your woman.

I could never be your woman,
I could never be your woman,
I could never be your woman.

Well I guess what they say is true,
I could never spend my life with a man like you.
I could never be your woman.

I could never be your woman,
I could never be your woman,
I could never be your woman.

……

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”.

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.”

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.”

It features a muted trumpet line taken from “My Woman” by Al Bowlly and it peaked at number one in 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.

The song was named the 158th best track of the 1990s by Pitchfork Media.

The song is a reworking of the 1932 Bing Crosby song “My Woman,” composed by Crosby (lyrics), Irving Wallman, and Max Wartell (music and lyrics). Al Bowlly, who was a vocalist in the Ray Noble Orchestra, recorded a version of “My Woman” on 29 November 1932 with the Lew Stone and the Monseigneur Band in London. The Bowlly version was featured in the Pennies from Heaven film and soundtrack, and it was this version that White Town sampled for “Your Woman.

White Town

Born 30 July 1966 (age 49)
Rourkela, India
Origin Derby, England, United Kingdom
Genres Alternative rock, alternative dance, electronica, trip hop
Occupation(s) Musician
Years active 1989–present
Labels Satya Records
Parasol
EMI
Chrysalis
Elefant
Bzangy Records
Website whitetown.co.uk
Members Jyoti Mishra

Photo by joanicamour

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