|"She's Always a Woman"|
A-side label of U.S. vinyl single
|Single by Billy Joel|
|from the album The Stranger|
|"Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)"|
|Format||7" single, 12" single|
|Recorded||A & R Recording Inc., New York City, 1977|
|Billy Joel singles chronology|
"She's Always a Woman" is a song from Billy Joel's 1977 album The Stranger. It is a love song about a modern woman who the singer has fallen totally in love with to the extent of falling for her endearing quirks as well as her flaws. The single peaked at #17 in the U.S. in 1977, and at #53 in the UK in 1986, when it was released as a double A-side with "Just the Way You Are". It re-entered the UK chart in 2010, reaching #29. A Muzak version of the track by Frank Chacksfield Orchestra is known to be one of the last songs played over the loudspeakers at the former World Trade Center complex before its collapse. The song is played in the compound time signature of 6/8.
The song was released in 1977, following several other hits from The Stranger including "Just the Way You Are", "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" and "Only the Good Die Young". Musically, Joel has said that he was influenced by Gordon Lightfoot and his mellow acoustic guitar ballads. It is a love song that Joel wrote for his then wife, Elizabeth Weber. Elizabeth had taken over management of Joel's career, and was able to put his financial affairs in order after Joel had signed some bad deals and contracts. She was a tough and savvy negotiator who could "wound with her eyes" or "steal like a thief", but would "never give in". Because of her tough-as-nails negotiating style, many business adversaries thought she was "unfeminine," but to Joel, she was always a woman. The two eventually divorced in 1982.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||17|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||2|
|Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)||28|
|Canadian Singles Chart||12|
|Dutch Top 40||15|
|Irish Singles Chart||22|
|UK Singles Chart||53|
|Italian Singles Chart||56|
|UK Singles Chart||29|
|Austrian Singles Chart||37|
|"She's Always a Woman"|
|Single by Fyfe Dangerfield|
|from the album Fly Yellow Moon|
|Released||May 10, 2010|
|Label||Fantastic Plastic, Polydor|
|Fyfe Dangerfield singles chronology|
Fyfe Dangerfield, lead singer of the band Guillemots, recorded a version of this song in 2010 which was used in an advertisement for the British department store John Lewis. Subsequently, the Billy Joel original re-entered the UK singles chart at number 29 on May 1, 2010. On May 1, 2010, a new version of the advert aired; which shows more of the song cover. In the annual ITV poll for 2010 advert of the year; "John Lewis - She's always a Woman" ranked fourth.
"She's Always a Woman" debuted on the UK Singles Chart on May 2, 2010 at #99. On its second week in the chart, the single climbed 85 places to #14, marking Dangerfield's most successful single to date. On May 16, 2010, the single climbed 7 places to a current peak of #7 before falling to #9 in its second week within the Top 10.