Yoko Ono – Woman Power (1973)

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From the Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band & Something Different album ‘Feeling The Space’. Feeling the Space is Yoko Ono’s fourth album, her last one on Apple Records, and her last release of the 1970s. (A fifth album, A Story, would be recorded in 1974, but not released until 1997). The entire album adopts a feminist theme, focusing on the plights of women in the 1970s. Its liner notes parody adult advertising, giving the telephone numbers, birthdates and vital statistics of the male band members. (John Lennon appears as “John O’Cean”, with his number listed as “Not For Sale”.)




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WOMAN POWER

You’ve heard of woman nation,
Well, that’s coming, baby.
What we need is the power of trust,
That it’s coming.
You’ve heard of the law of selection,
Well, that’s how we’re gonna do it, baby.
We allow men who wanna join us
The rest can just stay by themselves.

WOMAN POWER!

Two thousand years of male society,
Laying fear and tyranny.
Seeking grades and money,
Clinging to values vain and phony.

WOMAN POWER!

Do you know that one day you lost your way, man?
Do you know that some day you have to pay, man?
Have you anything to say, man, except
“make no mistake about it, I’m the president, you hear?
I wanna make one thing clear, I’m the president, you hear? ”

WOMAN POWER!

You don’t hear them singing songs,
You don’t see them living life,
’cause they’ve got nothing to say, but
“make no mistake about it, I’m the president, you hear?
I wanna make one thing clear, I’m the president, you hear? ”

WOMAN POWER!

You may be the president now,
You may still be a man.
But you must also be a human,
So open up and join us in living.

WOMAN POWER!

In the coming age of feminine society,
We’ll regain our human dignity.
We’ll lay some truth and clarity
And bring back nature’s beauty.

WOMAN POWER!

Ev’ry woman has a song to sing,
Ev’ry woman has a story to tell.
Make no mistake about it, brothers,
We women have the power to move mountains.

WOMAN POWER!

Did you have to cook the meals?
Did you have to knit?
Did you have to care for life instead of killing?
There’s no mistake about it, sisters,
We women have the power to change the world.

WOMAN POWER!

[Dedicated to H.K.]

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