What does Woman In Chains mean?

Tears For Fears: Woman In Chains Meaning

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Song Released: 1989


Woman In Chains Lyrics

You better love loving and you better behave
You better love loving and you better behave
Woman in Chains
Woman in Chains
Calls her man the Great White Hope
Says she's fine, she'll always cope
Woman in Chains
Woman in Chains
Well I feel...

  1. anonymous
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    Feb 20th 2019 !⃝

    I went to watch tears for fears last week in Leeds & have watched on you tube other concerts & you can clearly see this song means a lot to Roland as he gulps & closes his eyes before performing it.top class

  2. Erzeebell
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    Jan 11th 2018 !⃝

    First of all I would like to quote Roland's own words from and interview with Mariella Frostrup.

    "I think it's about the repression of the feminine in society and within man most of all. It's like Jung, (Carl Jung) the famous Swiss psychologist said that the anima or the female part of a man - the woman in a man - it's the gateway to his soul and i like that very much. I think that's nice. And that's what's it's about really. So in the end when I say so free her, i'm kind of saying so free me (free the feminine) and you could also say that (if you wanted to) that man is a woman in chains." 

    Furthermore, he also claimed that is song resembled the relationship of his mother and his father - like he said, his father was a bit of a monster, who used do beat and punish his children for even small mischiefs. The marriage did not last, and his parents split up when he was seven years old.

    All in all, to me this song sounds like again a shoutout to all women who are (and were throughout history) treated in a way that shouldn't have. The singer expresses how he feels for these women and that he is aware of the fact that some are going through horrible things, telling them to stay strong, just like his mother did. So on one hand this song is about the oppresion of women, and on the other hand, it's about men of stone who not only suppress the woman in their society but also within themselves - not letting feeling show and denying vulnerability.

  3. anonymous
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    Nov 19th 2013 !⃝

    Stone age...

    Man controling his woman

  4. anonymous
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    Sep 21st 2011 !⃝

    He's shows more affection for his birds in the cage than he does for his woman he keeps in his cage


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