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American Woman
The Guess Who Lyrics


American woman, I'm gonna mess your mind
American woman, you gonna mess your mind
American woman, I'm gonna mess your mind
American woman, I'm gonna mess your mind

Say A, say M, say E
Say R, say I, C
Say A, N

American woman, I'm gonna mess your mind
American woman, you gonna mess your mind
American woman, I'm gonna mess your mind

American woman, stay away from me
American woman, mama let me be
Don't come a hangin' around my door
I don't want to 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 a knockin' around my door
Don't want to see your shadow no more
Colored lights can hypnotize
Sparkle someone else's eyes
Now woman, I said get away
American woman, listen what I say-ay-ay-ay

American woman, said get away
American woman, listen what I say
Don't come a hangin' around my door
Don't want to see your face no more
I don't need your war machines
I don't need your ghetto scenes
Colored 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
I'm 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-o, woman
I'm gonna leave you woman
Goodbye American woman

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management
Written by: Burton Cummings, Gary Peterson, Michael Kale, Randy Bachman

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John Foley

Real music, real lyrics with meaning and an oh so pleasant beat. Sometimes 70's music was the complete package.

Angela Drosos

Sometimes?? They dont call it "classic" for nothing!👍🏻

Amiri the Grey

Not to mention improvised.

Sherry Herrick

Sometimes? LOL. But I know what ya mean 😀 My daughter is the X-Generation. She knows a whole lot of Beatles. Loves Elton John, Led Zep, Fleetwood Mac, Stones even Beach Boys. Of course she has her favorites of the 90s, oh yes, all those Boy Bands. Sorry I talk too much, long story short... she's told me frequently over the years, mom your generation had the BEST music But even better My 2 granddaughters share her opinion, and I'm proud I started them w/The Beatles!

Ashley Allen

@Matters Of The Kingdom Of Yehovah God While that may have been Bachman’s take on the song, Cummings, who composed the lyrics, said in 2013 that they had nothing to do with politics. "What was on my mind was that girls in the States seemed to get older quicker than our girls and that made them, well, dangerous. When I said 'American woman, stay away from me,' I really meant 'Canadian woman, I prefer you.' It was all a happy accident."[12]

Matters Of The Kingdom Of Yehovah God

@Ashley Allen Randy Bachman called this "an antiwar protest song," explaining that when they came up with it on stage, but the band and the audience had a problem with the Vietnam War. Said Bachman: "We had been touring the States. This was the late '60s, they tried to draft us, send us to Vietnam. We were back in Canada, playing in the safety of Canada where the dance is full of draft dodgers who've all left the States."

The lines where the anti-Vietnam sentiment are most apparent are "I don't want your war machines, I don't want your ghetto scenes."

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Michael Ulbricht

Song is still relevant and also sounds as good as it did in the early 70's. Bachman's tasteful guitar and Cumming's emotive voice are timeless.

Nick Taboada

Overdrive

Nick Taboada

Overdrive

Greysen Gagne

More relevant than ever, lol. American women in 2020 are toxic, entitled brats.

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