Neneh Cherry – Woman

Neneh Cherry - Woman

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Neneh Cherry - Woman


"Woman" is a torch song by Swedish singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry from her 1996 album Man. Written by Cherry, her husband Cameron McVey, and Jonathan Sharp, the song was created as a take on James Brown's 1966 hit "It's a Man's Man's Man's World". The song's lyrics describe the difficulties women face in life, allowing Cherry to be seen as an empowering female recording artist.

"Woman" was released as a single in June 1996, becoming Cherry's last substantial hit. It reached number three in Walloon Belgium, number four in Finland, Hungary and Italy, and number nine on the UK Singles Chart. In her native Sweden, the song peaked at number 20 in its second week, spending 10 weeks on the Swedish Singles Chart. Elsewhere in Europe, the single reached the top 20 in Flemish Belgium, France, Norway, Poland and Switzerland. In Australasia, "Woman" was moderately successful, peaking at number 17 in Australia and number 35 in New Zealand.

After the success of "Woman", Cherry stated that she felt she was pushing her limits with the level of fame she was experiencing, claiming that the success she was receiving was enjoyable, but it was not completely what she wanted. She explained, "The idea behind making 'Buffalo Stance' and Raw Like Sushi wasn’t to be famous, it was to change things and do things the way that we do them, always with an idea of activism or a kind of rebellion."

Woman è una Torch Song. Nella tradizione americana viene definita torch song una canzone d'amore nella quale il cantante canta di un amore non ricambiato o perduto, o di un amore nel quale uno dei due amanti è ignaro dell'esistenza dell'altro, oppure uno dei due amanti è partito, o ancora una relazione rovinata da un intrigo romantico.


Man is the third solo album by Swedish singer Neneh Cherry, released in 1996. The first single, "7 Seconds" was released two years earlier and was a duet with Youssou N'Dour, a famous Senegalese singer who helped make the musical style mbalax popular in Africa. Cherry was nominated for a Grammy in 1994 for the duet.

Man è il terzo album in studio da solista della cantante svedese Neneh Cherry, pubblicato nel 1996.


Neneh Mariann Karlsson (born 10 March 1964), better known as Neneh Cherry, is a Swedish singer-songwriter, rapper, occasional DJ and broadcaster. Her musical career started in London in the early 1980s, where she performed in a number of punk and post-punk bands in her youth, including The Slits and Rip Rig + Panic.

To date, Cherry has released five studio albums under her own name. Her first, Raw Like Sushi, was released 1989 and peaked at number three on the UK Album Chart, thanks in large part to the worldwide hit single "Buffalo Stance". Her second studio album was 1992's Homebrew. Four years later she released Man, with her next studio album, Blank Project, coming in 2014. Her most recent album, Broken Politics, was released in 2018.

In addition to releasing these studio albums, she formed the band cirKus in 2006 and has collaborated with The Thing, releasing an album entitled The Cherry Thing in 2012.

Neneh Marianne Karlsson Cherry (Stoccolma10 marzo 1964) è una cantante e rapper svedese.

Figlia di un percussionista della Sierra Leone (Ahmahdu Jah) e di una pittrice svedese (Monica Karlsson, nota come Moki Cherry), utilizza il cognome del padre adottivo, il celebre trombettista jazz Don Cherry. Un altro membro della famiglia noto nel mondo della musica è il fratello cantante Eagle-Eye Cherry.



You gotta be fortunate
You gotta be lucky now
I was just sitting here
Thinking good and bad
But I'm the kinda woman
That was built to last
They tried erasing me
But they couldn't wipe out my past

To save my child
I'd rather go hungry
I got all of Ethiopia
Inside of me
And my blood flows
Through every man
In this godless land
That delivered me
I've cried so many tears even the blind can see

This is a woman's world.
This is
my world.
This is a woman's world
For this man's girl.
There ain't a woman in this world,
Not a woman or a little girl,
That can't deliver love
In a man's world.

I've born and I've bread.
I've cleaned and I've fed.
And for my healing wits
I've been called a witch.
I've crackled in the fire
And been called a liar.
I've died so many times
I'm only just coming to life.


My blood flows
Through every man and every child
In this godless land
That delivered me
I cried so many tears even the blind can see



Devi essere fortunato
Devi essere fortunato ora
Ero solo seduto qui
Pensare bene e male
Ma io sono una specie di donna
È stato costruito per durare
Hanno provato a cancellarmi
Ma non potevano cancellare il mio passato

Per salvare mio figlio
Preferirei avere fame
Ho avuto tutta l'Etiopia
Dentro di me
E il mio sangue scorre
Attraverso ogni uomo
In questa terra senza Dio
Questo mi ha liberato
Ho pianto così tante lacrime che anche i non vedenti possono vedere

Questo è il mondo di una donna.
Questo è
il mio mondo.
Questo è il mondo di una donna
Per la ragazza di quest'uomo.
Non c'è una donna in questo mondo,
Non una donna o una bambina,
Questo non può offrire amore
Nel mondo di un uomo.

Sono nato e ho il pane.
Ho pulito e ho nutrito.
E per il mio ingegno di guarigione
Sono stato chiamato una strega.
Sono scoppiettato nel fuoco
E stato chiamato bugiardo.
Sono morto tante volte
Sto solo prendendo vita.


Il mio sangue scorre
Attraverso ogni uomo e ogni bambino
In questa terra senza Dio
Questo mi ha liberato
Ho pianto così tante lacrime che anche i non vedenti possono vedere



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