Two things I like — being an American woman and Lenny Kravitz — no surprise American Woman is a favorite song of mine.
The song itself has an interesting history. It was originally performed by the Canadian group, The Guess Who. Despite the song’s theme, they claim it was not an anti-American woman song but more of a tribute to Canadian women.
Kravitz became involved when he was asked to do a cover of the song in 1999 for the movie Austin Powers 2, The Spy Who Shagged Me. Kravitz was given blessing and it was requested that he put his own unique stamp on the song. Eventually, Kravitz released American Woman as a single and later on his re-release of his album 5.
It has become one of his signature songs.
The lyrics of the song have generated interest since it’s inception. The anti-war groups see a message in it, women’s groups see a misogyny theme, and some like me, just read conspiracy into the whole damn thing.
While singing to it loudly in the car this morning, it occurred to me, the message ironically is as prevalent today as when the Who wrote it in 1969.
“I don’t need your war machines” America is investing billions into it’s military and is flexing its military muscle around the world. “I don’t need your ghetto scenes” The diminishing middle class of America is resulting in the extreme of wealthy and poverty. “Don’t come hanging around my door, I don’t wanna see your face no more.” America is attempting to close its doors to immigrants. Or, as I thought, “What an asshole thing to say to a woman.” “Colored lights can hypnotize, sparkle in someone else’s eyes” Being symbolic of American celebrity and commercialism.
Interesting, isn’t it? No matter what it is. What comes around; will go around again.
Today I am thankful
- The sun was out in all of its splendid glory, and the snow was gone!
- I watched Bridget Jones Baby. It was hysterical. Loved the delivery scene, “Feel it away.What do they know?”
- 40 calorie Popsicle chocolate pops.
- I have been going through old pictures and downloading them onto my computer. Such wonderful memories. Beware, it is a lot of work.
Some songs, whatever the lyrics, are best listened to and sang loudly. They are best when you dance around your living room in your underwear, doing your best air guitar imitation.
I have seen Kravitz perform American Woman twice in person. While he is no Jimi Hendrix or Eric Clapton, his mastery of the guitar and stage presence makes for quite a show. It is magic and mesmerizing all at once.
affectionately yours, Laura