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She's A Woman

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the I Feel Fine / She's A Woman 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1964
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

She’s a Woman” is a song by the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney, who is the sole vocalist and plays bass guitar and piano on the song. It was released as the B-side to “I Feel Fine” in 1964, their last single release that year. It reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 from frequent airplay.

Composition

The song, penned by Paul McCartney (though credited to Lennon–McCartney), was his attempt at imitating the vocal style of Little Richard. This is why the song is in such a high register, even for McCartney’s tenor range. Some takes of the song (especially recordings of live concerts) feature an extended outro.

The structure of the song is fairly simple, with the melody carried mostly by McCartney’s voice. His bass and a backing piano produce a countermelody, with Lennon’s guitar playing chords on the backbeat. After the first verse, the piano also plays chords on the upbeats. George Harrison plays a bright guitar solo during the middle eight.

Releases

In the United States, the song was released on the Capitol album Beatles ’65, and is presented in a duophonic mix featuring a layer of reverb added by executive Dave Dexter, Jr. A true stereo version of the song can be found on the Past Masters, Volume 1 CD. Some people say that this stereo version was first released in Australia without asking permission. There is also another stereo version that sounds the same but with McCartney’s count-in which appears on the CD EP box set. The song is heard being played on a tape recorder underground during the Salisbury Plain scene in the movie Help!. In the UK, the first album release was on the 1978 compilation LP Rarities in mono in the box set The Beatles Collection and later released separately.

The band started including the song in their live shows in 1965. It is characterised by the classic percussive “honk” of Lennon’s Rickenbacker 325. One of the versions of the song can also be found on the Beatles’ live albums, Live at the Hollywood Bowl and Live at the BBC, while a version from the first of two shows at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo in 1966 appears on Anthology 2.

On the US charts, the song was the final of 11 top ten hits in the calendar year 1964. This is an all-time record for most top ten hits in a calendar year on the Billboard Hot 100 charts by one artist/group. It was also the twelfth top 10 hit written by Lennon-McCartney, an all-time record for most top 10 hits in a calendar year on the Billboard Hot 100 by a songwriter.

Personnel

Ian MacDonald was not sure whether McCartney or Harrison played the lead guitar solo. He said that “on the basis of sound and style”, it was probably McCartney. However, on Take 6 of “I Feel Fine“, Harrison can be heard running through this solo shortly before the take begins. […]

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] mono 12 Oct 1964.
    UK: Parlophone R5200 single 1965, Parlophone PSLP 261 and PCM 1001 Rarities 1978-79.
    CD: EMI single 1989.
  • [b] stereo 12 Oct 1964.
    Australia: Parlophone PCSO 7534 Greatest Hits 2 1967.
    CD: EMI CDP 7 90043 2 Past Masters 1 1988.
  • [b1] stereo, untrimmed.
    UK: Parlophone SGE 1 (EP) 1981.
    CD: EP box set 1991.
  • [c] mono 21 Oct 1964.
    US: Capitol 5327 single 1964, Capitol T 2228 Beatles ’65 1964.
  • [c1] mock stereo made from [c] 1964, by Capitol.
    US: Capitol ST 2228 Beatles ’65 1964.

UK mono [a] and stereo [b] have a slightly longer fade, “she’s a woman” 5 times, against 3 on US mono [c]. UK mono [a] has no echo on the vocal, while US mono [c] has echo on everything that was probably added by Capitol. US mono [c] also seems to have less piano than [a] but the echo may just be drowning it. The mock stereo conversion from it [c1] is muddy.

Stereo [b], also without the echo, seems to have gone missing in the vaults for a while after being copied for Australia in 1967, as it was not used for the Parlophone Rarities LP, but it was found for the CD release. [b1] “untrimmed” is the same mix with a countdown at the start, from a master reel.

Paul McCartney performed the song on Unplugged in 1991, and during his 2004 summer tour.

Last updated on March 12, 2016

Lyrics

My love don't give me presents
I know that she's no peasant
Only ever has to give me
Love forever and forever
My love don't give me presents

Turns me on when I get lonely
People tell me that she's only fooling
I know she isn't

She don't give boys the eye
She hates to see me cry
She is happy just to hear me
Say that I will never leave her
She don't give boys the eye

She will never make me jealous
Gives me all her time as well as loving
Don't ask me why

She's a woman who understands
She's a woman who loves her man

My love don't give me presents
I know that she's no peasant
Only ever has to give me
Love forever and forever
My love don't give me presents

Turns me on when I get lonely
People tell me that she's only fooling
I know she isn't, woo

She's a woman who understands
She's a woman who loves her man

My love don't give me presents
I know that she's no peasant
Only ever has to give me
Love forever and forever
My love don't give me presents

Turns me on when I get lonely
People tell me that she's only fooling
I know she isn't

She's a woman
She's a woman
She's a woman

Officially appears on


Beatles '65 (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1964

2:57 • Studio versionC • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Piano, Vocal
Ringo Starr:
Chocalho, Drums
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Oct 08, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 21, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Room 65, Abbey Road


I Feel Fine / She's A Woman

7" Single • Released in 1964

3:02 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Piano, Vocal
Ringo Starr:
Chocalho, Drums
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Oct 08, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 12, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Beatles '65 (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1964

2:57 • Studio versionC1 • Stereo • Mock stereo made from [C] by Capitol

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Piano, Vocal
Ringo Starr:
Chocalho, Drums
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Oct 08, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 21, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Room 65, Abbey Road


The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl

Official live • Released in 1977

2:53 • LiveL1

George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Mastering, Remix engineer
Voyle Gilmore:
Producer
Wally Traugott:
Mastering

Concert From the concert in Los Angeles, USA on Aug 30, 1965

Session Mixing:
January 1977
Studio:
AIR Studios, London, UK


The Beatles

EP • Released in 1981

3:06 • Studio versionB

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Piano, Vocal
Ringo Starr:
Chocalho, Drums
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Oct 08, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 12, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Past Masters

Official album • Released in 1988

3:03 • Studio versionB

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Piano, Vocal
Ringo Starr:
Chocalho, Drums
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar
George Harrison:
Lead guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Oct 08, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 12, 1964
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Unplugged (The Official Bootleg)

Official live • Released in 1991

3:41 • LiveL2

Concert From "MTV Unplugged" in Wembley, United Kingdom on Jan 25, 1991


Live At The BBC

Official live • Released in 1994

3:15 • Radio showL2 • The flipside of their Christmas 1964 single ‘I Feel Fine’. During Top Gear, John and Paul described how they completed writing ‘She’s A Woman’ on the morning of the EMI session. John explained they had ‘about one verse and we had to finish it off rather quickly’.

Concert From "Top Gear" in London, United Kingdom on Nov 26, 1964


Anthology 2

Official album • Released in 1996

2:55 • LiveL3

Concert From the concert in Tokyo, Japan on Jun 30, 1966


Live At The Hollywood Bowl

Official album • Released in 2016

2:53 • LiveL1.2016 • 2016 remix

Giles Martin:
Producer
Voyle Gilmore:
Producer
Sam Okell:
Mixing engineer
Alex Wharton:
Mastering
Matt Mysko:
Assistant mixing engineer
James Clark:
Audio restoration

Concert From the concert in Los Angeles, USA on Aug 30, 1965

Live performances

“She's A Woman” has been played in 145 concerts.

Latest concerts where “She's A Woman” has been played


Glastonbury festival

Jun 26, 2004 • Part of 2004 Summer Tour


Paris • Stade de France

Jun 24, 2004 • Part of 2004 Summer Tour






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