Woman (as made famous by John Lennon)

“Woman” is a song written and performed by John Lennon from his 1980 album Double Fantasy. The track was chosen by Lennon to be the second single released from the Double Fantasy album, and it was the first Lennon single issued after his death on 8 December 1980.[1] The B-side of the single is Ono’s song “Beautiful Boys”.[1]

Lennon wrote “Woman” as an ode to his wife Yoko Ono, and to all women.[2] The track begins with Lennon whispering, “For the other half of the sky …”, a paraphrase of a Chinese proverb, once used by Mao Zedong.

In an interview for Rolling Stone magazine on 5 December 1980, Lennon said that “Woman” was a “grown-up version” of his song “Girl”.[3] On 5 June 1981, Geffen re-released “Woman” as a single as part of their “Back to Back Hits” series, with the B-side “(Just Like) Starting Over”.[1]

John Lennon – vocals, acoustic guitar
Earl Slick, Hugh McCracken – lead guitar
Tony Levin – bass guitar
George Small – piano, Rhodes piano, Prophet-5 synthesizer
Andy Newmark – drums
Arthur Jenkins – percussion
Michelle Simpson, Cassandra Wooten, Cheryl Mason Jacks, Eric Troyer – backing vocals