(A hard, hard, hard)

I'm lookin' for hard-headed woman
One who'll take me for myself
And if I find my hard-headed woman
I won't need nobody else, no, no, no

I'm lookin' for hard-headed woman (hard-headed woman)
One who'll make me do my best
And if I find my hard-headed woman
I know the rest of my life will be blessed, yes (yes), yes, yes

I know a lot of fancy dancers
People who can glide you on a floor
They move so smooth but have no answers (whoa, whoa, whoa-oh)
When you ask them, "Why'd you come here for? (I don't know)

(Hard-headed woman)

I know many fine-feathered friends
But their friendliness depends on how you do
They know
Many sure-fire ways
To find out the one who pays
And how you do

I'm lookin' for hard-headed woman (hard-headed woman)
One who will make me fell so good
And if I find my hard-headed woman (whoa, whoa, whoa-oh)
I know my life will be as it should, yes, yes, yes

I'm lookin' for hard-headed woman (hard-headed woman)
One who'll make me do my best
And if I find my hard-headed woman

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    General CommentI think he's saying, there's a lot of people out there who just drift frrom place to place, and don't really care about anything "fancy dancers", and he's tried relationships with them, and while they're fun, he wants a woman he can settle down with. A "hard-headed woman" to me seemed like a stubborn woman, but I think he means someone who can stick it through tough times.
    myeh_manon June 16, 2004   Link
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    General Comment. . . as opposed to a soft headed woman . . . one with no enduring principles . . . a gold digger
    Jaymz_on December 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentHe means that what will really bring happieness isn't necessarily what looks good on the outside.

    yeah, someone though, maybe stubborn, but in the end, genuine.
    findsomepeaceon September 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think the song has to be seen in a spiritual context. Stevens is certainly mainstreamish, but he packs quite a lot of religious punch. On the surface the song can certainly be interpreted as a mans search for the 'one and only'. A deeper interpretation, which I think is called for, could propose the human quest for existential meaning and purpose in life, as the songs second theme. Indeed, as suggested above, the 'fancy dancers' are equated with gliding on the surface, but when it comes to the deeper dimensions of human existence (e.g. spirituality, conation, meaning & purpose of it all) they have no answers to offer and leaves the narrator with the impression of their inner emptiness.

    Perhaps the song also has an ironic meta-framing - the narrator talks of the others as shallow, but he himself also seeks happiness as something to come from the outside, in the form of his 'hard headed woman'. And then again - perhaps 'hard headed woman' is used as a metaphor for his own search of truth and meaning - sort of like an pop-archetype.
    Jonathanledon November 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI am not even going to touch what Jon said, because it's a little deeper into the song than I wish to be at the moment. That said, it seems a reasonable and insightful set of interpretations.

    I personally just relate to wanting a hard-headed woman. Everyone needs others to a certain point. But, to define yourself by your lover is problematic. I am after a woman who does not define herself by me, but still needs me. Yes, a person like this may, as a corollary, be a bit stubborn, but that's okay. I have no right to call anyone stubborn : )
    twollamaloveon March 27, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthere are lines missing from the lyrics above.

    following "but their friendliness depends on how you do" on the 14th line, there should be:
    "they know many sure-fired ways
    to find out the one who pays and how you do"
    SheaConawayon December 03, 2008   Link
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    General Commenttruely his best song ever, in my opinion. ludicrous that a single human being can write a song like this and at the same time produce such vile hatred as this man has. it's beyond me.

    beautiful music and lyrics, makes me weep.
    mkeion September 23, 2011   Link

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