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"Woman" is a song by American singer-songwriter Cat Power featuring Lana Del Rey. It is featured on her tenth studio album, Wanderer, which was released on October 5, 2018. The song was officially released as a single along with its music video on August 15, 2018.

Background[]

In an interview with The Current on October 5, 2018, Power spoke more about the song:[1]

"[Woman] was the first song I started recording and it was the last song I finished and it was never included on the album for my ex-label when I delivered the album to them — and they rejected it, so there was a year of time where I needed to find what I was going to do with my life... During that time, Lana Del Rey reached out to me personally... Right before I was supposed to master the record, Lana asked me to go on tour with her, so I waited on the mastering. When I got home from that tour I realized I should ask Domino Records if they would allow me to attach this song called 'Woman', because of exactly what's going on. Don't you feel a lot better standing in the street with your protest sign with someone else standing there next to you than standing there by yourself? Then it's just a sad Cat Power song about my perspective. So that's why I asked Lana. When we're together things look better. They're different, they can push a feeling harder. It sort of creates an abstract illusion of multi-dimensionalism, which we are. We are all over the world and we are brave and strong and kind and resilient and compassionate, multi-dimensional! We're just coming to get this communion together."

A variety of stems from the song leaked in either 2018 or 2019.

Music video[]

Music video Information
Cat_Power_-_Woman_(feat._Lana_Del_Rey)_(Official_Video) Released August 15, 2018
Length 4:16
Director Greg Hunt
Producer Ryland Burns
Greg Hunt
Filmed 2018
Location
Vevo views 5+ million views

Official versions[]

  • Album version — 4:51
  • Single version — 4:06

Lyrics[]

Album version[]

Woman, woman, woman
Woman, woman, woman

If I had a dime for every time
You tell me I'm not what you need
If I had a quarter, I would pull it together
And I would take it to the bank and then leave

If you know people who know me, you might want them to speak
To tell you 'bout the girl or the woman they know
More than you think you know about me
More than you think you know me

See you walkin' in circles (Circles)
See you talkin' in circles (Circles)
See your thoughts runnin' in circles
And walk around all day long, followin' me

The doctor said I was better than ever
Man, you shoulda seen me
The doctor said I was not my past
He said I was finally free

Taking the charge (Taking the charge)
I took the lead (I took the lead)
I need you to believe

I'm a woman of my word, now haven't you heard
My word's the only thing I ever needed?
I'm a woman of my word, now you have heard
My word's the only thing I truly need
Woman, woman, woman, woman
Woman, woman, woman, woman
Woman, woman, woman, woman
Woman, woman, woman, woman

Your money's like a weapon, a tool to get me
You think I'm like the other ones
Well, my money's like a weapon, a tool for me
No, I'm not like those other ones

A cage is like a weapon, a tool for me
You think I'm like the other ones
Well, my cage is a weapon, it's perfect for me
It's the one suit they seem to not see

I'm a woman of my word, now haven't you heard
My word's the only thing I've ever needed?
I'm a woman of my word, now you have heard
My word's the only thing I truly need
Woman, woman, woman, woman
Woman, woman, woman, woman
Woman, woman, woman, woman
Woman, woman, woman, woman

I'm a woman, I'm a woman, I'm a woman, I'm a woman
I'm a woman, woman, woman, woman
I'm a woman, I'm a woman, I'm a woman, I'm a woman
Woman, woman, woman, woman

Single version[]

If you know people who know me, you might want them to speak
To tell you 'bout the girl or the woman they know
More than you think you know about me
More than you think you know me

See you walkin' in circles (Circles)
See you talkin' in circles (Circles)
See your thoughts runnin' in circles
And walk around all day long, followin' me

The doctor said I was better than ever
Man, you shoulda seen me
The doctor said I was not my past
He said I was finally free

Taking the charge (Taking the charge)
I took the lead (I took the lead)
I need you to believe

I'm a woman of my word, now haven't you heard
My word's the only thing I ever needed?
I'm a woman of my word, now you have heard
My word's the only thing I truly need
Woman, woman, woman, woman
Woman, woman, woman, woman
Woman, woman, woman, woman
Woman, woman, woman, woman

Your money's like a weapon, a tool to get me
You think I'm like the other ones
Well, my money's like a weapon, a tool for me
No, I'm not like those other ones

A cage is like a weapon, a tool for me
You think I'm like the other ones
Well, my cage is a weapon, it's perfect for me
It's the one suit they seem to not see

I'm a woman of my word, now haven't you heard
My word's the only thing I've ever needed?
I'm a woman of my word, now you have heard
My word's the only thing I truly need
Woman, woman, woman, woman
Woman, woman, woman, woman
Woman, woman, woman, woman
Woman, woman, woman, woman

I'm a woman, I'm a woman, I'm a woman, I'm a woman
I'm a woman, woman, woman, woman
I'm a woman, I'm a woman, I'm a woman, I'm a woman
Woman, woman, woman, woman

Credits[]

Personnel (adapted from the album's liner notes)

  • Cat Power — songwriting, production, vocals, all instrumentation except noted
  • Lana Del Rey — vocals
  • Patrick Warren — string arrangement, violin, cello
  • Rob Schnapf — mixing, engineering
  • Jef Dominguez — engineering
  • Brian Lebarton — additional engineering
  • Brian Rosemeyer — additional engineering
  • Ted Jensen — mastering

Technical

  • Mastered at Sterling Sound, Edgewater, New Jersey

Charts[]

Weekly chart[]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[2] 20

References[]

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