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Uploaded on May 28, 2009
American Woman The Guess Who 1970
"The Canadian quartet was already on a hot streak when this song was released in 1970; and American Woman was their fourth major hit in just over a year (the first three were These Eyes, Laughing and No Time).
More metallic than the rest, American Woman was built on Randy Bachmans heavy guitar-slinging. Yet a divide was growing within the group as Bachman, a clean-living Mormon, was running against his bandmates hard-partying ways. Hes exit the ranks while this song was on the charts, first forming a band that didnt hit (Brave Belt), and then one that did (Bachman-Turner Overdrive).
The rest of the Guess Who would carry their own hit streak well into the '70s. But what did they have against "American Woman?" Bachman later explained that the woman was the Statue of Liberty and the song was meant as a Vietnam War protest. But at the time a few people got offended, including Pat Nixon who asked that the song be dropped when the Guess Who played the White House.
Bachman and singer Burton Cummings still play under their own names. But the name Guess Who is legally owned by the rhythm section, which tours with different frontmen."
American Woman, stay away from me American Woman, mama let me be Don't come a hangin' around my door I don't wanna see your face no more I got more important things to do Than spend my time growin' old with you Now Woman, I said stay away American Woman, listen what I say-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay
American Woman, get away from me American Woman, mama let me be Don't come a knockin' around my door Don't wanna see your shadow no more Coloured lights can hypnotize Sparkle someone else's eyes Now Woman, I said get away American Woman, listen what I say-ay-ay-ay
American Woman, said get away American Woman, listen what I say Don't come a hangin' around my door Don't wanna see your face no more I don't need your war machines I don't need your ghetto scenes Coloured lights can hypnotize Sparkle someone else's eyes Now Woman, get away from me American Woman, mama let me be
Go, gotta get away, gotta get away now go, go, go I'm gonna leave you woman Gonna leave you woman Bye-bye Bye-bye Bye-bye Bye-bye You're no good for me I'm no good for you Gonna look you right in the eye Tell you what I'm gonna do You know I'm gonna leave You know I'm gonna go You know I'm gonna leave You know I'm gonna go-o, woman I'm gonna leave you woman Goodbye American Woman Goodbye American chick