I want you

Tried to be a son and daughter rolled into one
You said you'd equal any man for having your fun

Ooh, now didn't you feel surprised to find
The cap just didn't fit?
The world expects a man
To buckle down and shovel shit
What'll you do for loving
When it's only just begun?
I want you to be a woman

Tried to be a teacher and a fisher of men
An equal people preacher
Will you lead us all the same?

Ooh, well I travelled around the world
And found a brand new word for day
Ooh, watching the time mustn't linger behind
Pardon me I have to get away
Ooh, what'll you think of heaven
If it's back from where you came

I want you to be a woman
I want you to be a woman, yeah

Ooh, you know I'm gonna save the world
Ooh, now I've just begun

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Son and Daughter Lyrics as written by Brian May

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    General CommentI would certainly argue that the song is Brian May's attack on feminism. He gave an interview many years ago where he said that women's liberation had gone too far.

    He's an intelligent enough guy, but like most rock stars, has some pretty ignorant attitudes towards women, I guess.
    matt42on October 26, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti love this song! i think its about some dude who was pissed of at societys rules and wanted it to change
    ElKarmaScaramoucheon March 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI never really got the lyrics to this song. It does sound like it's about some guy who's angry at something. I sort of thought it was a protest against the feminist movement: That men and women are supposed to have certain roles in society, and women should stick to their role and not try to take on the role of men as well, for two reasons: 1. It's not that easy being a man. 2. A man wants a woman, not a woman trying to be a man and woman (or son and daughter). Just a thought. I don't even think all of the lyrics match that meaning, especially the last part about saving the world. ("Gotta save the world/Ooh, I've just begun") Anyone else have any ideas?
    TheYipskeeon May 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentCan't believe how many/few people have commented on this song. Nice, heavy-esque song.

    I think it's commenting on society, and would probably do anything just to get away from it all or change it.
    GabrielEvaon June 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I guess that's what the part about saving the world is about...trying to change the society.
    TheYipskeeon June 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt has always made me think of Freedie and his sexual preferences. He lacked a source of love in his life and contemplates if things would have been any better if he'd been a woman. The world expects a man to buckle down and shovel shit...this is the one thing freddie is refusing to do,as he is uncomfortable being just any man and is breaking away from the confines the world places on male masculinity...regardless, Freddie you are missed!
    N63on December 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI guess you could interpret it that way, except this song was written by Brian...but even if it was written by Freddie, I see a number of problems with the interpretation. For instance, it says "I want YOU to be a woman," and not "I want to be a woman." It's still rather an interesting thought, though...maybe Freddie would have liked to be a woman at some point in his life, but I have the feeling that he enjoyed being a man too much to want to change.

    I still stand by what I say about it being anti-Feminism. I just can't figure out this part:
    "Well I travelled around the world
    Found a brand new word for day
    Watching the time, mustn't linger behind
    Pardon me I have to get away"
    TheYipskeeon January 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentlololol....you guys crack me up! Take it for what it is and stop trying to psychoanalyze the lyrics....this is a straight up kick ass rock and roll song...no more no less
    MoonlitKnighton January 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I agree. It's just a rock song. The lyrics don't really need to have a meaning, as long as it sounds good. But yes, you could see it as a comment about society's rules. Why not?
    Robbie190on February 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis site is songMEANINGS.net, so if you don't want to try to figure out the meaning of the song, don't tell off others who are. Yes, there are many rock songs without meaning, but I don't think this is one of them. Brian May is an intelligent man and many of his songs include interesting, though-provoking lyrics. He doesn't strike me as the type of person to just rebel mindlessly against society, or write songs about it. This particular song is commenting about something very specific within society, or even about a particular person.

    I find it rather sad that almost no one wants to put any thought into this song, and the only person here that did thinks Freddie wrote it...
    TheYipskeeon April 08, 2006   Link

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