The song I have chosen today’s Song Lyric Sunday is one that I like very much….however, the score reminds me so much of the closing credits tune to The Moomins. Is it just me? I have tagged the tune I mean to the bottom of this post so you can tell me if I am imagining it!
Billy Joel’s song is “She Is Always A Woman”, and I always took it as an ode to real love – the kind of love that accepts a person has many shades to their moods and temper. Loving a person even when they have a bad day, loving a person when you see something unattractive about them. So many love songs are frankly unrealistic. They are either about how physically beautiful a woman is or how angelic. I do like a love song that acknowledges some personality flaws!
I read that Billy Joel wrote this song about his then-wife Elizabeth Weber who was apparently a very tough cookie indeed when she took over management for her husband. Some found her strength “unfeminine” – story of the 20th century woman! I love this song – and so did John Lewis who used it for a very memorable advertising campaign.
Credits: Billy Joel
She can kill with a smile She can wound with her eyes She can ruin your faith with her casual lies And she only reveals what she wants you to see She hides like a child But she's always a woman to me She can lead you to love She can take you or leave you She can ask for the truth But she'll never believe And she'll take what you give her as long as it's free Yeah, she steals like a thief But she's always a woman to me Oh, she takes care of herself She can wait if she wants She's ahead of her time Oh, and she never gives out And she never gives in She just changes her mind She will promise you more Than the Garden of Eden Then she'll carelessly cut you And laugh while you're bleedin' But she'll bring out the best And the worst you can be Blame it all on yourself Cause she's always a woman to me Oh, she takes care of herself She can wait if she wants She's ahead of her time Oh, and she never gives out And she never gives in She just changes her mind She is frequently kind And she's suddenly cruel She can do as she pleases She's nobody's fool But she can't be convicted She's earned her degree And the most she will do Is throw shadows at you But she's always a woman to me