is a song written and performed byJohn Lennonfrom his 1980 album. The track was chosen by Lennon to be the second single released from thealbum, and it was the first Lennon single issued after hismurderon 8 December 1980.TheB-sideof the single is Onos song Beautiful Boys.

Lennon wrote Woman as an ode to his wifeYoko Ono, and to all women.2The track begins with Lennon whispering, For the other half of the sky …, a paraphrase of aChinese proverb, once used byMao Zedong.

In an interview forRolling Stonemagazine on 5 December 1980, Lennon said that Woman was a grown-up version of his songGirl.3On 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

The single debuted at number 3 in the UK, then moving to number 2 and finally reaching number 1, where it spent two weeks, knocking off the top spot his own re-releasedImagine. In the US the single peaked at number 2 onBillboardHot 100(kept out of the top spot byREO Speedwagons hitKeep On Loving YouandBlondies hitRapture) while reaching number 1 on theCashboxTop 100.4

The Shadowsdid an instrumental version as a medley withImaginein 1981.

Pop groupBrotherhood of Manrecorded a version in 1981, which was featured on their album20 Love Songs.

Ozzy Osbournerecorded this song on his 2005Under Coveralbum.

In 2007,Ben Jelens version appeared onInstant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfuras aniTunesexclusive bonus track.

The 2008 video game byNintendoWii Musicfeatures this song as playable song.

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1980 Rolling Stone Interview with John Lennon by Jonathan Cott

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The Irish Charts Search Results WomanIrish Singles Chart. Retrieved February 15, 2018.

Official Singles Chart Top 100Official Charts Company.

Roots: John Lennon Sings the Great Rock & Roll Hits

Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur

The 30th Annual John Lennon Tribute: Live from the Beacon Theatre, NYC

Come Together: A Night for John Lennons Words and Music

Cold TurkeyDont Worry Kyoko (Mummys Only Looking for Her Hand in the Snow)

Happy Xmas (War Is Over)/ Listen, the Snow Is Falling

Woman Is the Nigger of the WorldSisters O Sisters

Watching the WheelsBeautiful Boy (Darling Boy)(US)

Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him/ Its Alright

Song recordings produced by Jack Douglas (record producer)

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