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Written by: Lennon-McCartney
Recorded: 8 October 1964
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith

Released: 27 November 1964 (UK), 23 November 1964 (US)

Paul McCartney: vocals, bass, piano
John Lennon: rhythm guitar
George Harrison: lead guitar
Ringo Starr: drums, chocalho

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Written primarily by Paul McCartney , the bluesy She's A Woman

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While listening to this song the other day, especially the lines

"People tell me that she's only
Foolin', I know she isn't."

a thought started jumping up and down in the back of brain trying to get my attention. The thought finally got my attention. McCartney did another song defending his woman and his choice of a woman.

It's Not True

Some people say she's a bad girl
Some people think she's a fool
Some people tell me she's no good
But I'm telling you, "It's not true, it's not true, it's not true"

They say that my girl's a mad girl
No saying what she might do
Some people tell me she's crazy
But I'm telling you, "It's not true, it's not true, it's not true"

I wonder why the lyrics for It's Not True aren't on Paul's website.

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He made that distinction between love and money in Can't Buy Me Love too, this song goes a bit further down the road and contrasts real/phoney.

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It's also interesting to contrast the female psyche as portrayed by Paul in this and Can't Buy Me Love  and John with Girl and Norwegian Wood .

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Ahhh Girl said
While listening to this song the other day, especially the lines

"People tell me that she's only
Foolin', I know she isn't."

a thought started jumping up and down in the back of brain trying to get my attention. The thought finally got my attention. McCartney did another song defending his woman and his choice of a woman.

It's Not True

<snip> 

And might I add... 

No one else will never see 
How much faith you have in me 
Only fools would disagree 
That it's so 
Some people never know. 

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I have heard that Linda got a lot of flak for... um... I dunno, being Paul's wife and stuff. ahdn_paul_01 

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Excellent observation, @Beatlebug! Thank you for bringing it to our attention. Have an apple apple01

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I see where "She's A Woman " contains a drug reference in the line, "Turn me on when I get lonely."  It was recorded not long after their Delmonico meeting with Dylan.  I had never given it a thought.  Maybe this is what happens when a song is on the first album you call your own and you're seven.  You're just not tuned in to these things.

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I know the Leary phrase and the allusions that the Beatles make to turning on, but I always hear the A Day In The Life and She’s A Woman lines as sex references. Its used much more in a sexual context nowadays. 

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She's A Woman sounds more sexual to me than A Day In The Life . Probably because Paul sings this song in a kind of macho way, whilst John's ADITL vocal is much more dreamy and stoned-sounding. Plus, y'know, it's on Sgt Pepper . It's all about context.

I think they meant the She's A Woman line to have kind of a double meaning, though.

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Yeah, "She's A Woman " is quite sleazy to me.  In that awesome way that Paul could turn on sleazy/sexy like a tap.

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I used to see this as a run-of-the-mill number but I have grown to love the very simple opening, the guitar strikes throughout and the feel of the song. The lyrics are crap (which John and Paul openly admittedly) but it doesn't matter too much.

Strangely only takes 1, 3 and 4 are on YouTube, all of them used to be on there. 

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sir walter raleigh said
I know the Leary phrase and the allusions that the Beatles make to turning on, but I always hear the A Day In The Life and She’s A Woman lines as sex references. Its used much more in a sexual context nowadays. 

  

I do as well

I guess because of there era I grew up/live in turning on usually means sexual rather drugs. mccartney-shrug_01_gif 

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Sky999 said

sir walter raleigh said

I know the Leary phrase and the allusions that the Beatles make to turning on, but I always hear the A Day In The Life and She’s A Woman lines as sex references. Its used much more in a sexual context nowadays. 

I do as well

I guess because of there era I grew up/live in turning on usually means sexual rather drugs. mccartney-shrug_01_gif 

I look at the reference in terms of its surroundings - She's A Woman  is so obviously the thoughts of a randy young man, so obviously lustful, the reference can be nothing but sexual; but I find nothing in the dreamy, spaced out A Day In The Life  that even hints at a relationship, let alone romance or lust, but is a journey though thoughts and reflections and a mind exploring its consciousness, which leads me in a different direction...

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May Dave Dexter, Jr. spend an eternity in purgatory for the harm his "reimagining" caused my ears. George Martin's other production of this song with Jeff Beck is almost as good. 

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