I Feel Like A Woman… Another song about stealing someone’s man on the dancefloor! 22. Being in love with a married man is one of the hardest things in the world to deal with, especially if he is returning the affection and feelings, but still with his wife. These are songs about changing the world, the environment we live in, and ourselves. The bus is pulling out and I guess Id better go Before I make a grave mistake and let my feelings show And … Women who act like spoiled children has been talked about many times. The people around them have the wrong idea: “All the neighbors say we’re happy… and they’re wrong.”. Don't be fooled by the idea of a 'physical appearance.' Lonesome lyric: It must have been love but it’s over now/ It must have been good but I lost it somehow. Swift often makes songs about loving yourself and she makes them danceable, which only adds to the appeal. An early Muscle Shoals classic, this song was designed by Dan Penn and Chips Moman to be "the best cheating song, ever." One of the most harrowing chapters of the concept album’s story arc, the song’s ice-pick synths and wrathful guitar—not to mention Waters’ pinched, pained voice—add ghastly atmosphere to revenge-fantasy lines like “How could you go? 3. It’s a fact of nature that men are usually physically stronger than women. Voice rising to a fever pitch, RZA screams some of the most vicious insults ever put to wax: “And when you leave me, bitch, you’re gonna be a ho / Cellulite and gargoyle feet / I’d rather beat my meat / That raggy-ass pussy, a starving dog wouldn’t eat.” And an unnamed woman returns his verbal abuse volley for volley. 2. The part you know: "We eating good / I'm a fat man / Faded, chewin' drugs like Pac-Man." The man who wrote "Quiet Storm" would naturally have to have a place on this list, even if he did steal the incredibly accurate title from a novel about Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel. In this song, a woman proclaims her undying love, even in the instance that she must leave his life. Eminem, “Kim”/“’97 Bonnie And Clyde”/“Love The Way You Lie”Eminem’s contentious relationship with his on-again-off-again wife/girlfriend/baby-mamma Kim is well documented throughout his discography, but never more overtly and sinisterly than on the tracks “’97 Bonnie And Clyde” and “Kim,” both of which revel in Em hypothetically killing his nemesis/muse while taking their daughter Hailie along for the ride. Was there ever a sadder No. / When you know how I need you / to beat to a pulp on Saturday night.”. We Need a Resolution by Aaliyah (Your reaction) Thank you! Pink Floyd, “Don’t Leave Me Now”Jealousy, insecurity, codependency: It’s a wonder the members of Pink Floyd weren’t domestically abusing each other by the time The Wall was released in 1979. 29. She only wishes him the best in life, even if they can’t be together. A clarion call for a newfound era of sexual permissiveness, the big solo hit for this member of Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young made quite an impression. Not so “Boy With A Problem,” from 1982’s Imperial Bedroom: “I even slapped your face and made you cry,” he sings remorsefully over Steve Nieve’s stately piano. While there are lots of songs about unfaithful lovers and spouses, only a few in rock history deal with what life is like for those on the inside—the actual Other Women and Other Men who find themselves entangled in love triangles they didn't see coming. The actual song: This track comes from YouTubers Cody Ko and Noel Miller. In celebration, enjoy our list of woman songs – songs with the word woman in the song title. 19. In “Levi Stubbs’ Tears,” Bragg sings of how the tunes composed for the lead singer of the Four Tops help one poor young thing endure after her sailor husband “put a hole in her body where no hole should be.” The narrator of Bragg’s “Valentine’s Day Is Over” has endured her fair share of abuse as well, but when she says “Thank you for the things you taught me when you hit me hard,” it’s an acknowledgement that she’s had all she can stand of such treatment—as she later clarifies, until he figures out that love is about understanding rather than physical violence, “you’ll find your things all stacked out on the landing.”, 12. Once Earl is poisoned by black-eyed peas, wrapped in a tarp, and dumped in a lake to rot, the police swiftly abandon the case, since Earl is “a missing person who nobody missed at all.” Taking the black humor of the song one step further, the celebrity-laden video features Dennis Franz as the mulleted Earl, who posthumously reappears as a dancing corpse. Much of that album—the story of a troubled relationship between drug addicts in the titular city—could qualify for this list, but “Caroline Says (II),” a rewrite of the then-unreleased Velvets song “Stephanie Says,” offers a sadly concise description of domestic violence: “Caroline says, as she gets up from the floor, ‘You can hit me all that you want to / but I don’t love you anymore.’”. Thanks to its self-explanatory meaning, this song was considered scandalous when it first came out. Peebles, on the other hand, doesn't seem to care at all, despite the fact that her own backup singers are advising her "don't break it up." 5. ", An oddly indifferent-sounding ballad from Chicago's first comeback, and also very soulful, even as it eased the group into their upcoming Adult Contemporary incarnation. Key lyrics: "You actin' kinda shady, Ain't callin me baby, Why the sudden change?/Say my name, say my name/If no one is around you, say 'Baby I love you'." (Sample lyric: “Da-da made a nice bed for mommy at the bottom of the lake.”) A decade later, “Love The Way You Lie” traded out the murder fantasy for a more tempered reflection on a mutually destructive relationship. Should You Bother with Post-Millennial Output by '90s Rockers? 27. 3) “Man! Don't need your ones and twos. Her reason is vividly, achingly clear: “Since we’ve been together, you’ve been good to me / You only hit me when you want to be pleased.”. 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The 1970 song “Lola” has been debated as transphobic, but others see it as a love story between a cis man and the trans woman he unexpectedly falls for. Annie’s Going to Sing Her Song First Release: The Bootleg Series, Vol. To be her priority is not putting you before her family and friends, but doing everything with the thought of the relationship you have and the feelings you share. Whether that shot gets fired at his hide or in the air, chances are he’ll get the message. Green Day, “Pulling Teeth”There’s an almost country-like twang to Green Day’s lightweight pop-punk ditty “Pulling Teeth”—and accordingly, the song’s lyrics read almost like a classic Nashville take on domestic violence. 11: The Basement Tapes RAW First Played: Last Played: Times Played: 0. !, and “White Knuckles,” from 1981’s Trust. "Walk Man" by Tiny Meat Gang. ↓ next ↓ 4. Angelina First Release: The Bootleg Series, Vol 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991 First Played: Last Played: Times Played: 0. Rhyming "wrong" and "strong" was the most natural thing he could have done. This was the first Spin Doctors single, and the song that got the band noticed. The Crystals, “He Hit Me (It Felt Like A Kiss)”Though intended by writers Gerry Goffin and Carole King as a sympathetic story—inspired by their onetime babysitter, pop singer Little Eva—about an abusive relationship, 1962’s “He Hit Me (It Felt Like A Kiss)” was largely perceived as an endorsement of domestic abuse. The singer is filled with banal lyrics and impotent rage (“Kicking your ass would be a pleasure,” he thinks at Daddy Dearest), but like so many abuse victims in rock songs, mom eventually takes the situation and a weapon into her own hands and beats the kid to the punch, so to speak. 13. LiveAbout uses cookies to provide you with a great user experience and for our, "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right" by Luther Ingram. Though he’s “the meanest man in the land… heartless and also cruel,” she’s so swept up in their passionate love life that she’s willing to forgive him his bouts of violence. This pop and RnB song is one of Eric Clapton’s most famous hits. The scandal arose partly from the fact that it was sung by the future Queen of New Orleans Soul when she was just 19 years old—and already on her second husband! By the end of the song, it’s clear there are children and a gun involved, and not much else. Missing You – Diana Ross Correct lyric: “More than a woman… more than a woman to me” from the Bee Gees’ ‘More than a woman’. 25. “Goodbye, Earl” follows the exploits of best friends Mary Anne and Wanda as they plot the death of Wanda’s abusive husband Earl, who, after Wanda files for divorce, “walked right through that restraining order / and put her in intensive care.” (Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines delivers the line “It didn’t take ’em long to decide that Earl had to die” with particular glee.) Yes, When a man loves a woman I know exactly how he feels, 'Cause baby, baby, you're my world Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan, “Stone Cold Dead In The Market (He Had It Coming)”Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan scored a popular hit in 1946 with their calypso number “Stone Cold Dead In The Market,” about a woman who publicly kills her drunken, abusive husband, either with a frying pan, a cookpot, or a rolling pin, depending which verse you believe. 16. The way he wails on the line "What would I give?" Don't need your clothes, don't need your rent. But she sometimes makes him angry, at which point he grabs her hair and throws her into the wall. One of Maroon 5's most famous songs features a heartbroken Adam Levine who finds his girlfriend in bed with another man. Then again, "lovers" rhyming with "discovers" is also pretty impressive. The enduring appeal of forbidden love made songs about cheating a part of the classic pop of the '50s, '60s, and '70s. 1 hit? It’s the same sort of endlessly circular bad relationship Costello sang so much about during that period, including on “Beaten” and “Knuckles.” Here, though, his depiction of a relationship’s dregs (“Nights spent drinking to remember… Came home drunk / Talking in circles / The spirit is willing, but I don’t believe in miracles”) is sorrowful as well as judgmental. Critic Dave Marsh famously said that this song's effect was as emotional and visceral as "witnessing a murder or a suicide." The intro somehow sounds like transgression; the rest sounds almost noble. As the record’s centerpiece, the doo-wop-inspired “Fistful Of Love” takes that concept to its fiery apotheosis. Bell is most famous for the aching regret of "You Don't Miss Your Water," which can be played as the sequel to this proto-disco classic. When you fall in love with a married man, it might seem like everything can work out and everything can somehow be great, but truthfully, it isn't. View this video on YouTube youtube.com. 23. Singer-songwriter Fran Healy had an abusive father, who fueled both this song and the later “Re-Offender.” “Flashing Light” is fiercer, or at least as fierce as a Travis song can be, with a minor-key jangle underpinning Healy’s unflinching imagery of a man stumbling home and “spilling alcohol over the floor.” Violence is in the air, with dad yelling “you’re a slut, you’re a bitch, you’re a whore,” and though the narrator eventually gets his violent own back, the emotional damage is done. Few people look to Cheap Trick for commentary on pressing social issues, but it does take a band like this to inject a little warped mischief into a chorus as simple as “oh boy, the house is rockin’.”, 10-11. Robert Fontenot Jr. is an entertainment critic and journalist focusing on classic rock and roll and published nationally for more than 25 years. “Bald-headed woman… bald-headed woman to me”. Evidently it’s all right for women to fight back, but only if they take themselves out as well. The song maintains a silly mood by never identifying a victim or the consequences. The song's spoken intro alone, which sets up the rest of the song, proved too emotionally powerful to excise from the 45 release, and you can hear why—it's the culmination of every hard breakup in vocal group history, followed by a devastating tenor performance and an ad-lib that must have sent lots of doomed lovers straight to the bar. To be fair, the lyrics do seem to glorify the relationship, as a woman exults in her lover’s reaction to her infidelity: “If he didn’t care for me / I could have never made him mad / But he hit me, and I was glad.” Music spookily arranged and produced by—you guessed it—Phil Spector. “His fist is big, but my gun’s bigger,” she sings, bridging the gap between self-defense and schoolyard taunt. Following a spoken-word intro from the patron saint of rock taboo, Lou Reed, frontman Antony Hegarty paints a picture of a romance where one party speaks with words and the other with fists. I'm looking for the rest of a song dating I should think from the twenties or thirties. Determined to express her passion, she shares with him that she will always love him. And yes, Eric Clapton's ode to his best friend George Harrison's wife, Patti Boyd, cuts so deep as to be almost painful to hear. The answer is that behind every great man is a greater woman. 17. Apparently, it started out as a one-night stand, so the answer may lie between the sheets. Nickelback, “Never Again”The kickoff track of Nickelback’s 2001 album Silver Side Up—which gave the world “How You Remind Me”—is a pretty typical Nickelback song, all growling anger putting a manly face on soft, squishy emotions. “Hall Of Illusions” presents a stark moral choice: Listeners can eschew domestic abuse and lead a life of good deeds before ascending to the eternal paradise of Shangri-La, or continue to behave in an ungodly manner and suffer the torments of the damned at the hands of the Great Milenko. For decades, these types of scandalous tunes existed entirely the domain of blues and country music, since those genres tend to deal with life at its most basic level. The song was written by John Lennon, who took the first line—“I’d rather see you dead, little girl / than to be with another man”—from the Elvis Presley song “Baby, Let’s Play House.” Lennon twisted the original song’s theme of desire into one of jealousy; the narrator refers to himself as “a wicked guy” with “a jealous mind.” Years later, Lennon Maybe it's the undeniable sexy thump of the famous Hi Rhythm Section egging her on, but the lady behind "I Can't Stand the Rain" practically explodes in frustration. 24. Elvis Costello, “Boy With A Problem”In the early ’80s, Elvis Costello alluded to domestic abuse several times—most obviously on “Beaten To The Punch,” from 1980’s Get Happy! The soft-rock wave of the 1970s was starting to pick up on the concept by this time, leading to a decade's worth of oversharing on the part of some achingly sensitive people. When a man loves a woman he can do her no wrong, he can never hug some other girl. How long has it been since you've heard Aaliyah? What would a man be without a woman standing beside him? Sonic Youth, “Shoot”Sonic Youth has never been known for straightforwardness. The short film is abstract to the point of incoherence, though it conveys the theme of domestic violence much more viscerally than the track that inspired it; such is the way of the RZA. Like papapa papapa. Mon!” Jordan, for his part, jocularly ends the song with “Hey, child, I’m coming back and bash you on yo head one more time.” Presumably the jazzy, bouncy music, the exotic accents, and the overall air of good humor contributed to this song becoming wildly popular during an era when household violence wasn’t spoken of publicly. She knows that her relationship will last if her and her man can act as strong as that tree. The Beatles, “Run For Your Life”The most menacing song in the Fab Four’s catalog, “Run For Your Life” is a two-minute string of threats to a girlfriend that closes 1965’s Rubber Soul. The song features shades of Jefferson Airplane's "Triad," though that classic didn't involve actual cheating per se. Or that a woman should never rely on a man. After all, dancing like nobody’s watching is a huge part of self-love. It's unclear who's cheating on who here, but Peter Cetera does specifically drop the word "affair" before urging, "Walk away if you see me coming.". Lorde goes to the club, sets her sights on a man with a girlfriend, and urges him to “embrace the point of no return." But lyrically, those songs are slippery, in the vein of much of Costello’s writing from the period. Maybe you come from a long line of strong, independent women who taught you that a woman doesn't NEED a man (YASS the world needs more of you). Trying to head off controversy, the video made clear that the woman perished in the blaze she set, whereas the song leaves her fate open. Sometimes, a man and a woman will be against marriage and will instead take things to the next level by moving in together, having children and getting a mortgage together for example. These songs about female empowerment, fighting the patriarchy, and the double standards all women face will help you understand that while progress has been made, there's still more to fight for. The Other Man is, in fact, this poor guy's best friend. The title comes from an innocent schoolyard chant, but the lyrics hint at a "secret" that can only be revealed to the roses themselves. Archers Of Loaf, “Tatyana”In this early Archers Of Loaf B-side—available again soon as part of the Icky Mettle reissue—the narrator loves his “Slavic girl,” and tells her so. To put it another way, if you act like a spoiled child in front of the man … We’re pretty sure that’s the subtext of “Goodbye Earl” as well, even if the Dixie Chicks remain maddeningly silent on where exactly their song fits into the mythology of Insane Clown Posse’s Dark Carnival. As the song builds to a rapturous conclusion, Hegarty’s fluttering vibrato conveys the truth that not every scar (metaphorical or otherwise) is left with malicious intent. All You Have to Do is Dream First Release: The Bootleg Series, Vol. “He’s gonna beat you like a pillow / You schizos never learn,” sings a frustrated Palmer, “and if you take him home / you’ll get what you deserve.” Apparently Palmer never heard the bit about not blaming the victim; still, “Delilah” winds up being brutally, bracingly honest. It ain't against the law to whoop a man's house and if his head happens to be against that spot. Yeah-yeah they say that it's a man's world But you can't prove that by me And as long as we're together baby Show some respect for me. Grown-ups do these stuff: they don't hide their feelings and they do their best to communicate them in the best possible way with the people around them. 8. The awkward nobility comes on full force here, even if Smokey seems dazed as to how he got here and why his other woman puts up with his situation. speaks (or rather sings) volumes. Florence + The Machine, “Kiss With A Fist”Florence Welch is on record as saying “Kiss With A Fist” isn’t about domestic violence, but rather “two people pushing each other to psychological extremes because they love each other.” Fair enough, but she’s asking for literal interpretation with lyrics like “You hit me once, I hit you back / You gave a kick, I gave a slap / You smashed a plate over my head / Then I set fire to our bed.” Metaphorical or not, “Kiss With A Fist” is a laundry list of the pain two people can inflict upon each other, from broken jaws to black eyes to spilled blood, all in the name of true love. Or is she? Bob Mould, “Lost Zoloft”As he chronicles in his new memoir, See A Little Light: The Trail Of Rage And Melody, singer-songwriter Bob Mould grew up in an abusive household, but “Lost Zoloft”—from Mould’s little-loved electro-rock album, Modulate—is about the underreported phenomenon of same-sex spousal abuse. Apparently, even the families and friends of these two know what's going on, which makes the silky, slow soul of this number a deliciously ticking time bomb. If you ever thought a guy initially liked you as a person …oh boy, were you wrong! Ouch. 26. Calling the police does nothing, she quickly discovers, as “they always come late, if they come at all,” and even when they show up, “they say they can’t interfere with domestic affairs between a man and his wife.” The song ends sadly, with the screaming ending, the wife being taken away in an ambulance, and a policeman telling all the bystanders to go home, adding, “I think we all could use some sleep.”. This 1924 blues song is the lament of a woman facing jail time after she shot and killed her abusive husband in self-defense. It’s a representation of the joy you experience when you don’t let things get to you. 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