"Sossity: You're A Woman" as written by and Ian Anderson....
Hello, you straight-laced lady
Dressed in white but your shoes aren't clean
Painted them up with polish
In the hope we can't see where you've been

The smiling face that you've worn
To greet me rising at morning
Sent me out to work for my score
Please me and say what it's for
Give me the straight-laced promise
And not the pathetic lie

Tie me down with your ribbons
And sulk when I ask you why
Your Sunday paper voice cries
Demanding truths I deny

The bitter-sweet kiss you pretended
Is offered, our affair mended
Sossity, you're a woman
Society, you're a woman

All of the tears you're wasting
Are for yourself and not for me
It's sad to know you're aging
Sadder still to admit I'm free
Your immature physical toy
Has grown too young to enjoy

At last your straight-laced agreement
Woman, you were too old for me
Sossity, you're a woman
Society, you're a woman

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"Sossity; You're a Woman" as written by Ian Anderson


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    MemorySossity is a play on word of society. Tull's guitarist Martin Barre made thought the same mistake, and m bought a boat and named it Sossity. After Ian told Barre him the actual meaning, he sold the boat!
    XZYOEon March 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's not really about a woman at all, he's damning Society with this song. He's saying that the whole of Society is a messed up old bitch that clings to him and tries to control him, and just pointlessly restricts him. He says Society is too old for him. He's pretty much right. Individuals when alone are hopeless and terrified. But when they band together as a mob or a Society, they become a scary monster. Or maybe just a nasty old witch. Anyways, we all need to be part of Society, but secretly none of us like it. Ian just walks away from it, he finds it useless.
    54marklon February 21, 2018   Link
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    General CommentMakes me think of Hamlet's screed, "Frailty, thy name is woman. What a contrast of tone and sense of the nature of femaile comanion to that of Inside.
    Is Sossity a common name or nickname in Great Britain?
    excomposton October 03, 2008   Link

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