Woman – John Lennon

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………on February 7th of 1981 “Woman” by John Lennon tops the UK Singles Chart. Lennon wrote this song as an ode to his wife Yoko Ono. He regarded it as the most Beatles-like track on his Double Fantasy album and he called it the ’80s update of “Girl,” which is a track on Rubber Soul. Speaking with Rolling Stone just days before his death, Lennon said: “‘Woman’ came about because, one sunny afternoon in Bermuda, it suddenly hit me what women do for us. Not just what my Yoko does for me, although I was thinking in those personal terms… but any truth is universal. What dawned on me was everything I was taking for granted. Women really are the other half of the sky, as I whisper at the beginning of the song. It’s a ‘we’ or it ain’t anything”. In many ways, this song is Lennon’s apology to Yoko. In 1973, the couple was having problems in their marriage, so Yoko agreed to put their relationship on hold and let John sow his oats. He did, taking up with his assistant May Pang and engaging in some unruly behavior. Lennon referred to this time as his “Lost Weekend” – it lasted about 18 months. In the UK, this replaced Lennon’s “Imagine” at #1, which had been reissued following Lennon’s death. This was the first time an artist replaced himself at UK #1 since The Beatles did it in 1963 with “She Loves You” and “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” This is the only song title for which Lennon and McCartney wrote separate songs. In 1966 McCartney wrote a song of the same title for Peter & Gordon, using the pseudonym Bernard Webb. The song reached #2 in the US.