The Guess Who - American Woman

The Guess Who - American Woman




The music and lyrics of the song were improvised on stage during a concert in Southern Ontario, Canada (the guitarist, Randy Bachman, recalled it being in Kitchener; Burton Cummings, the lead singer, said it was at the Broom and Stone, a curling rink in Scarborough that was used for concerts).


Bachman was playing notes while tuning his guitar after replacing a broken string, and he realised he was playing a new riff that he wanted to remember. He continued playing it and the other band members returned to the stage and joined in, creating a jam session in which Cummings improvised the lyrics. They noticed a kid with a cassette recorder making a bootleg recording and asked him for the tape. They listened to the tape and noted down the words that Cummings had extemporized, and which he later revised.





Lyrics


American woman gonna mess your mind

American woman, she gonna mess your mind

American woman gonna mess your mind

American woman gonna mess your mind

Say A,

Say M,

Say E,

Say R,

Say I,

Say C,

Say A,

Say N,

American woman gonna mess your mind

American woman gonna mess your mind

American woman gonna mess your mind


American woman, stay away from me

American woman, mama let me be

Don?t come 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.


American woman, get away from me

American woman, mama let me be

Don?t come 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.


American woman, said get away

American woman, listen what I say

Don?t come 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

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, woman

I?m gonna leave, woman

Goodbye, American woman

Goodbye, American chick

Goodbye, American broad ...



Songwriters: Burton Cummings / Gary Peterson / Michael Kale / Randy Bachman

American Woman lyrics © BMG Rights Management






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