♫ Woman In Love ♫ (Redux)

Tonight, I was in the mood for some of Barbra Streisand’s wonderful voice … plus I had another motivation.  Barbra is an all-time favourite of our friend Ellen, who has been notably absent of late, and … well, frankly I miss the heck out of her and am hoping to lure her back!!!  I have played this one before, back in 2019, but that’s long enough, and it is, I think, a beautiful song, sung by a beautiful voice inside a beautiful woman … what more can you ask?

Barry and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees wrote this song. After their wildly successful contributions to the 1978 movie Saturday Night Fever, they were asked to work on an album for Streisand, which became Guilty. It was Streisand’s best-selling album.  Two other songs from the album hit US Top 10, and both were duets with Barry Gibb: Guilty and What Kind of Fool. Guilty won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal by Duo or Group. It is her fourth of four Platinum records, and is considered her greatest international hit.

In the UK this was Streisand’s first #1. Having made her British chart debut in 1966 with Second Hand Rose, the 14-year-279-day interval between her first chart appearance and her first number one was then the fourth-longest wait in UK chart history.

Streisand has openly stated that she does not like Woman in Love because she doesn’t believe in the meaning of the lyrics. She has rarely performed the song live.

Woman in Love
Barbra Streisand

Life is a moment in space
When the dream is gone
It’s a lonelier place
I kiss the morning goodbye
But down inside you know
We never know why
The road is narrow and long
When eyes meet eyes
And the feeling is strong
I turn away from the wall
I stumble and fall
But I give you it all

I am a woman in love
And I do anything
To get you into my world
And hold you within
It’s a right I defend
Over and over again
What do I do?

With you eternally mine
In love there is
No measure of time
We planned it all at the start
That you and I
Live in each other’s hearts
We may be oceans away
You feel my love
I hear what you say
No truth is ever a lie
I stumble and fall
But I give you it all

I am a woman in love
And I do anything
To get you into my world
And hold you within
It’s a right I defend
Over and over again
What do I do?

I am a woman in love
And I’m talking to you
You know, I know, how it feels?
What a woman can do
It’s a right
I defend over and over again

I am a woman in love
And I do anything
To get you into my world
And hold you within
It’s a right I defend
Over and over again

Songwriters: Barry Alan Gibb / Robin Hugh Gibb
Woman in Love lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management

18 thoughts on “♫ Woman In Love ♫ (Redux)

  1. How could one not be coaxed out of one’s shell by a Barbra Streisand song? I believe that I may have commented in the past that Ms. Streisand could superbly sing a menu or something equally forgettable along that line was written. In the unlikely event that I have not, I say it now. It may not surprise you that Barbra’s latest album which mayhaps might be the best thing that came along courtesy of the pandemic, RELEASE ME 2, was pre-ordered back in June. Allow me to say that it is a treasure just as 2012’s RELEASE ME proved to be. Then again, what album by Barbra is not?? The best song on this new album which contains 6 decades of unheard material, in my opinion and Benjamin’s, is “Rainbow Connection” which was an unreleased 1970’s duet with Kermit the Frog. That song has never sounded better!! I have long admired Barbra Streisand not only as a talented artist, but also as a generous philanthropist and an inspired political activist as well. The lattermost began long prior to her response to “he who shall remain unnamed”. On February 3, 1995 at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts a speech titled “The Artist as Citizen” was given by Barbara…though lengthy it is well worth reading in its entirety. I shall only share this small part : “Art does not exist only to entertain – but also to challenge one to think, to provoke, even to disturb, in a constant search for the truth.” Please, do excuse the digressions herein. “Woman In Love” is infinitely worthy of this redux and many more! Thank-you! In appreciation, I raise a goblet of Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel to YOU! WHAK!!

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    • OH how wonderful to see you, my dear old friend!!! I knew that if anything could lure you out of hiding, it would be Barbra! I had no idea that she had a new album out, but I will definitely check it out later. Now, you probably remember that I have played “Rainbow Connection”, the Kermit version, but I wasn’t aware he and Barbra had teamed up on it! I will by all means have to check that one out and you’ll likely see it here before long! I will also search for Barbra’s speech, “The Artist as Citizen” and read it in its entirety. Much love and many hugs to both you and Benjamin! I sure could use a “Wine & Whatever” sometime soon! WHAK!!! 💖💖

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  2. Jill, I love the Barbra/ Barry combination. After the Bee Gees meteroic popularity waned with backlash against Disco, they could not get played. S0, they started writing for others like Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, Dionne Warwick and Streisand to name a few. There is a terrific HBO documentary on the Bee Gees which takes you from start to finish, with only Barry left. Keith

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      • Jill, the documentary sheds light on brotherly harmony and competition. Maurice was a peace maker between the friendly (mostly) rivalry between Barry and Robin. It is interesting how they kept reinventing themselves when their various iterations faded out. Keith

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        • I found the documentary on Amazon, but for now have only been able to watch the trailer, for it is only on DVD for a price, else on HBO, which I don’t subscribe to, so it’s not available. I’ll keep trying, though, for I did watch the trailer and it seemed like it would be interesting! I did not know that Andy had killed himself!

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