The Paul McCartney Project

Oh Woman, Oh Why

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Another Day 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1971
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Oh Woman, Oh Why” is a song written by English musician Paul McCartney, first released on the Apple Records label in February 1971 as the B-side to McCartney’s debut single as a solo artist, “Another Day“.

Release

Upon release, “Another Day/Oh Woman, Oh Why” achieved a top-5 status in both the United Kingdom and the United States, reaching number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 2 in the United Kingdom in April 1971. On the Cash Box Top 100 chart, which listed sides separately, the song peaked at number 55. The song has also been praised for McCartney’s impressive range of vocal pitch.

Style

The overall style of “Oh Woman, Oh Why” is that of a tense, blues rock song complimented by a fierce vocal delivery. In addition, the song is paced by drum rhythm which establishes a solid foundation upon which tight guitar lines interweave. McCartney’s gritty vocal upon this track has been described by one author as being as one of his most solid and authentic performances.

Later release

Although “Another Day” and “Oh Woman, Oh Why” were not originally released upon any solo or Wings album, both songs would be released as bonus tracks upon later editions of Paul and Linda McCartney’s 1971 solo album, Ram. “Oh Woman, Oh Why” has also been included upon the Special and Deluxe editions of the 2012 remasters of Ram.

Last updated on November 11, 2018

Lyrics

Woman, oh why, why, why, why, why
What have I done
Oh woman, oh where, where, where, where, where
Did you get that gun
Oh what have I done
What have I done

Well I met her at the bottom of a well
Well I told her I was tryin' to break a spell
But I can't get by, my hands are tied
Don't know why I ever got her to try myself
Cause I can't get by, my hands are tied

Woman, oh why, why, why, why
What have I done
Oh woman, oh where, where, where, where, where
Did you get that gun
Oh what have you done
Woman what have you done

Well I am fed up with your lying cheating ways
But I get up every morning and every day
But I can't get by, my hands are tied
Don't know why I want her to try myself
Cause I can't get by, my hands are tied

Oh woman, oh why, why, why, why, why
What have I done
Oh woman, oh where, where, where, where, where
Did you get that gun

Woman, what have I done
What have you done

Officially appears on


Another Day

7" Single • Released in 1971

Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Electric guitar, Gun shots, Percussion, Producer, Shaker, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Seiwell:
Drums, Percussion, Shaker
Hugh McCracken:
Electric guitar
Tim Geelan:
Recording
Ted Brosnan:
Recording assistant
Dixon Van Winkle:
Mixing

Session Recording:
Nov 03, 1970
Studio:
CBS Studios, New York City

Session Mixing:
Feb 05, 1971
Studio:
A&R Studios, New York City


Ram (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

4:36 • Studio versionR1993

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Electric guitar, Gun shots, Percussion, Producer, Shaker, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Seiwell:
Drums, Percussion, Shaker
Hugh McCracken:
Electric guitar
Tim Geelan:
Recording
Ted Brosnan:
Recording assistant
Dixon Van Winkle:
Mixing
Peter Mew:
Remastering

Session Recording:
Nov 03, 1970
Studio:
CBS Studios, New York City

Session Mixing:
Feb 05, 1971
Studio:
A&R Studios, New York City


Twin Freaks

Official album • Released in 2005

4:19 • Studio versionB

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Clive Goddard:
Mixing engineer
Freelance Hellraiser:
Producer

Session Recording:
Circa 2004
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Ram - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2012

4:36 • Studio versionR2012

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Electric guitar, Gun shots, Percussion, Producer, Shaker, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Seiwell:
Drums, Percussion, Shaker
Hugh McCracken:
Electric guitar
Tim Geelan:
Recording
Ted Brosnan:
Recording assistant
Dixon Van Winkle:
Mixing

Session Recording:
Nov 03, 1970
Studio:
CBS Studios, New York City

Session Mixing:
Feb 05, 1971
Studio:
A&R Studios, New York City

Bootlegs


B-Sides Complete Vol. 1

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

4:34 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Electric guitar, Gun shots, Percussion, Producer, Shaker, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Seiwell:
Drums, Percussion, Shaker
Hugh McCracken:
Electric guitar
Tim Geelan:
Recording
Ted Brosnan:
Recording assistant
Dixon Van Winkle:
Mixing

Session Recording:
Nov 03, 1970
Studio:
CBS Studios, New York City

Session Mixing:
Feb 05, 1971
Studio:
A&R Studios, New York City


UK Singles Collection - Volume 01

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

4:36 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Electric guitar, Gun shots, Percussion, Producer, Shaker, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Seiwell:
Drums, Percussion, Shaker
Hugh McCracken:
Electric guitar
Tim Geelan:
Recording
Ted Brosnan:
Recording assistant
Dixon Van Winkle:
Mixing

Session Recording:
Nov 03, 1970
Studio:
CBS Studios, New York City

Session Mixing:
Feb 05, 1971
Studio:
A&R Studios, New York City


Wings Promo Edit Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2013

4:39 • Studio version • promo mono


Twin Freaks - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

4:23 • Studio version


Ram - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

4:36 • Studio version


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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edrebber 1 years ago

Oh Woman, Oh Why was also a bonus track on a reissue of the Wild Life Abum.


The PaulMcCartney Project 1 years ago

Thanks edrebber ! Indeed I need to add the Wild Life 1993 remaster - thanks !


John Bromley 6 months ago

In the second stanza - 4th verse the correct words (in this song) are:

Don't know why the woman is so messed up -

I'd like to see someone get this right someday


John Bromley 5 months ago

Verse 2, line 4 original lyrics: Don't know why the woman's so messed up