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

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions





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The Long And Winding Down

Dec 01, 1990 • From Club Sandwich

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

She’s a Woman” is a song by the English rock band the Beatles, written mainly by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney. John Lennon contributed to the lyrics and middle eight (the bridge). The song was finished in the studio the morning of the session. 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. In New Zealand, the song reached number one for one week.

The song’s chorus was briefly heard in the movie Help! (1965).

Composition and recording

“She’s a Woman” has been described as an example of the rock and roll, rhythm and blues and pop rock genres. The song, penned mainly by Paul McCartney (Lennon helped with the lyric and bridge) 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. “She’s a Woman” is the first Beatles song that is longer than three minutes.

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.

Author Ian MacDonald noted in his book Revolution in the Head that the final mix of “She’s a Woman” at the time of its original release was unusual of the time, with the bass kick on Starr’s drum kit being barely audible due to it being compressed in the mixing process. MacDonald suggested that McCartney’s bass part might be responsible for the rearrangement of the mixing as its more prominent volume was in sacrifice of the drums’ usual mixing due to limiting problems.

Releases

In the United States, the song was released on the Capitol album Beatles ’65 with considerable reverb added by executive Dave Dexter Jr. Both mono and stereo versions were released, the stereo version presented in a duophonic (mock stereo) mix. These were released on CD in 2004 as part of The Capitol Albums, Volume 1 boxed set compilation.

A genuine stereo version of the song was released in 1987 on the Past Masters, Volume 1 CD; the true mono version was not made available in CD format until 2009 as part of The Beatles in Mono boxed set compilation.

There is also another stereo version that sounds the same but with McCartney’s count-in which appears on the CD EP box set. This stereo version with the count-in also appeared on a bonus stereo vinyl EP included with an earlier vinyl 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, giving the Beatles an all-time record for most top ten hits in a calendar year on the Billboard Hot 100 charts by one artist/group (surpassed by rapper Drake in 2018). 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.

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

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.

Last updated on May 9, 2021

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 :
Recording 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 :
Recording 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 :
Recording 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 :
Recording 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 Volume 1

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 :
Recording 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

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Producer, Vocals
Robbie McIntosh :
Acoustic guitar
Hamish Stuart :
Acoustic bass
Blair Cunningham :
Drums
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Eddie Klein :
Assistant engineer
Gary Stewart :
Assistant engineer
Peter Craigie :
Assistant engineer
Gary Bradshaw :
Monitor engineer

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


Beatles '65 (2004 remaster)

Official album • Released in 2004

2:57 • Studio versionC1.2004 • Stereo • 2004 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Piano, Vocal
Ringo Starr :
Chocalho, Drums
John Lennon :
Rhythm guitar
George Harrison :
Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Norman Smith :
Recording engineer
Ted Jensen :
Remastering

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

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


Live performances

“She's A Woman” has been played in 144 concerts.

Latest concerts where She's A Woman has been played


Glastonbury festival

Jun 26, 2004 • Part of 2004 Summer Tour






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