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The Beatles - She's A Woman 1964
"She's a Woman" is a song by The Beatles. 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.
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 lyrics "turn me on,", were as John Lennon was quoted saying, "so excited to say 'turn me on' — you know, about marijuana and all that... using it as an expression."
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 and George Harrison's guitars playing chords on the backbeat. During the first verse, the piano also plays chords on the upbeats. Harrison also plays a bright guitar solo during the middle eight.
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. There is also another stereo version that sounds the same but with McCartney's count-in which appears on the CD EP boxset. The song is heard being played on a tape recorder in the cavern scene in the movie Help!.
The Beatles started including the song in their live shows in 1965. It is characterized 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 album, Live At the Hollywood Bowl. Paul McCartney -- vocal, bass, piano, lead guitar John Lennon -- rhythm guitar George Harrison --lead guitar Ringo Starr -- drums, maracas George Martin -- producer Norman Smith -- engineer
In other news, I have added the lyrics to this song so you can sing along, or perhaps learn the song! This is how I learned my first Beatles song! Enjoy :)