Guess Who: American Woman Meaning
Song Released: 1970
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American Woman Lyrics
American Woman, mama let me be
Don't come a hangin' around my door
I don't wanna 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...
undead_drummer May 10th, 2006 5:02pm report
This basically refers to the time of the cold and Vietnam wars when America tried to get Canada to adapt nuclear missles and join. When the singer refers to the American Woman, it is America.
"Don't com hangin' around my door
I don't wanna see your face nomore
I got more important things to do
then spendin my time growin old with you"
This is basically saying that Canada has its own troubles that they have to deal with and they don't need to get into some wars over opinion with the US
"I don't need your war machine" - nuclear weapons
"I don't need your ghetto scenes" - the after math of the explosives
"colored lights can hypnotize" - explosions of the bombs
"sparkle someone esle's eyes" - basically piss off and bother someone else lol
anonymous Dec 23rd, 12:08pm report
They even said it's about how much American women suck compared to Canadian women. I happen to agree, especially this day and age, and I'm glad I live in a border town.
anonymous Nov 14th, 11:15pm report
All you America haters conveniently use the BS line handed you. The song is obvious and anyone stating otherwise is wrong and in denial. American women, for the most part, are spoiled princesses (what is the HRM doing for ya Canada?). The advent of oprah has only made that worse. American women will lie, cheat and steal and feel entitled to do so thanks to oprah's instruction. Just call it what it is: misandry. Not all American women are like this but a large slice of the population is. To all the US haters: grow up and take a look at yourself. No American said the US is perfect. America is a work in progress and it state it in the Constitution. All you envious US haters get to work and make something of your country now.
anonymous Oct 23rd, 10:04am report
Anybody who is looking for esoteric or political meanings in this song obviously doesn't know a lot of American women. They were awful in the 1960s. They are worse now.
anonymous Oct 21st, 2018 10:46pm report
Typical American arrogance. Live with the fact your misadventure in Southeast Asia was a failure and 58,000 didn’t come back. Your country has been dissing Canada constantly over the years! Maybe you should look at yourelf in the mirror America..You’re not great, songet over yourseles. Maybe you should go home! Canada doesn’t need or want you around anyway...so like the song goes... American women stay away from me! Don’t need your war machines, don’t need your ghetto scenes. You can stick the the statue of Liberty in a warm dark place.
anonymous Jun 17th, 2018 6:31pm report
The American Woman in the song is the Statue of Liberty. This was the first thing on American soil that European immigrants saw when they reached New York.The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of American freedom, However during the Vietnam war they would draft anyone into the US Army.
In 1969 the Guess Who were travelling into the USA to perform a gig when an American border patrol officer tried to draft the band into the US Army. The band turned around and hightailed it back across the border into Canada. They had no gig in Canada, but they managed to get a gg at a Curling Arena. During the gig Randy Bachman broke a string on his guitar, Randy didn't have a spare guitar so the band had a break while Randy restrung his guitar.
After Randy replaced the string he started playing a riff on his guitar, he liked it and didn't want to forget it, he turned up his amp and said to Burton Cummings, "Sing anything". Burton sang "American woman, stay away from me", a new song was born.
anonymous May 8th, 2017 5:36pm report
if is was not for America u would be living like some south America country
anonymous Apr 30th, 2017 4:47pm report
When I first heard "American Woman" while serving in the U.S. Navy I believed and still believe the lyrics are anti-American. Yes, we have our faults, but many good people do good works to alleviate social injustice in this country.
If an American band performed this song in Canada substituting "Canadian" for "American" in the lyrics they would be booed across the border. We don't need the Guess Who lecturing us. Go home Canucks!
anonymous Dec 5th, 2016 12:46pm report
Nonsense. It's virulently anti-American. Nothing to do with nukes. It's a slap at the US in general, which is kind of funny because the band was willing to accept all the cash they got from Americans who bought the record. More Americans should have paid attention to the words. To this day I won't listen to anything by this group.
anonymous Jun 4th, 2014 6:30pm report
ghetto schemes- government approved slums
sidewinder May 3rd, 2013 5:15pm report
DrWinston Oboogie should come up with a new name. It is not cool to rip off a dead man.
John Lennon used that name throughout the 1970's till his murder.
Also using this name while commenting on a song that has such implications as war and women, two things Lennon had problems with all his life, shows no taste. I have been a fan of Lennon's music all my life, but his physical bouts with fighting especially hitting women was terrible. He even confessed to his favorite guitarist Jessie Ed Davis that feared his fighting past would lead to a violent death,
anonymous Nov 30th, 2012 11:56am report
The American Woman they are talking about is Don Henley's bubbleheaded bleach blonde who comes on at 5. Canadians on the border watched a lot of American news telling them about the war and the ghetto scenes. Guess Who wanted to push back against the American culture encroaching on Canada.
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