"Woman King" as written by and Samuel Ervin Beam....
Blackbird claw, raven wing
Under the red sunlight
Long clothesline, two shirtsleeves
Waving as we go by

Hundred years, hundred more
Someday we may see a
Woman king, wristwatch time
Slowing as she goes to sleep.

Black horse fly, lemonade
Jar on the red ant hill
Garden worm, cigarette
Ash on the window sill

Hundred years, hundred more
Someday we may see a
Woman king, sword I hand
Swing at some evil and bleed.

Black hoof mare, broken leg
Eye on the shot gun shell
Age old dog, hornet nest
Built in the big church bell

Hundred years, hundred more
Someday we may see a
Woman king, bloodshot eye
Thumb down and starting to weep.


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"Woman King" as written by Samuel Ervin Beam

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  • +4
    General CommentAs soon as I heard this song, I went hunting for lyrics... and to here, which is always a great stop for checking out what a song means to people.

    My two cents: This isn't so much a cut and dry song about either female power or the struggle for equality, though it certainly contains aspects of both. I think it's more about power itself, in this case wielded by a woman. The world described by the lyrics is a flawed one, as is the ruler - she fights again huge concepts like evil, but she also bleeds. She's human. Her eyes are bloodshot when she puts a thumb down (to end a life for the sake of her world/people), but she is not unaffected by the consequences of her actions. She is a King who weeps for what must be done.

    This song is like listening to a potrait - the lyrics paint a world of flaw and decay, but like the Old West it evokes, for all its rot and shortcomings it is an epic concept - the idea carries power. The Woman King, too, is imperfect - but nonetheless carries immense strength, dignity and firmness tempered by the humanity we can see in her. It feels perfect to me for this song to be acoustic - there is no massive amplification system, no distortion or earth-shattering synth... but the instruments, the vocals, despite simplicity and lack of bombasity, carry an incredible (and powerful) emotional impact all their own.
    imaginarymongooseon January 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthere was only one malkha (hebrew- woman king or monarch) in all of jewish history; shlomtzion hamalkha, also called salome alexandria. she ruled after the death of her second husband, alexander yannai, because her sons were unfit to rule at the time. shlomtzion was a hasmonean queen of israel/judea who brought peace and prosperity to her kingdom for a short time. the hasmonean period was a troubled time for jews, and while she was a bright spot in history, her sons were never nearly such adept politicians and leaders.
    lightningrodon November 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMaybe it's just because I grew up with Irish folktales, but the second I looked at the lyrics I thought of Macha Mong Ruad. She was the only female high king of Ireland, and the raven/crow mentioned in the first part also reminded me of her because someone else in Irish lore with the name Macha is a goddess, with a sign of her being a raven. She's also associated with war and horses (Sword in hand/Swing at some evil and bleed/Black hoof mare, broken leg/Eye on the shotgun shell). A stretch but also could be valid is that Macha Mong Ruad specifically had vibrant red hair (Under the red sunlight). All of my input could be completely bullshit, but this is what I thought of when I saw the lyrics.
    machamongon December 10, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIs it weird that the first thing that came into my mind after hearing this song is that it would make a badass campaign song for Hillary Clinton? Hillary 2016 haha
    rosieb333on February 08, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song, to me, has a fantasy vibe running through it. I think this song might be if their was a woman king at the helm. Each verse might be about a judgment she made during her reign. The interpretation might even be simpler than that. I just bought this EP on a whim and I found to have some of the best acoustic work I have heard since Travis Meeks and Days of the New. Sam Beam is an excellent singer-songwriter.
    OpinionHeadon February 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsome corrections:

    first verse: "under the red sunlight"

    last verse: "black hoof mare... eye on the shotgun shell"
    slickbooton March 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't know why anyone has posted anything on this yet. This is such a sweet song.
    StellarTriumphon April 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpretty cool song, awesome guitar. no clue what it means.
    ProudestMonkey1on April 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is amazing.
    Holmon April 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is fantastic.
    Holmon April 15, 2005   Link

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