When a Woman Loves a Man

Photo of Billie HOLIDAY

PROFILE
Composer Bernie Hanighen, Gordon Jenkins
Lyricist Johnny Mercer
Year Written 1938
About When a Woman Loves a Man
In his liner notes for Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett, Bennett writes about this song: “I think this is one of the best songs every written about love — it is one of the most humanistic songs ever written.”

Lyrics

Maybe he’s not much, just another man
Doing what he can
But what does she care
When a woman loves a man
She’ll just string along
All through thick and thin
Till his ship comes in
It’s always that way
When a woman love a man
She’ll be the first one to praise him
When he’s goin’ strong
The last one to blame him
When everything’s wrong
It’s such a one-sided game that they play
But women are funny that way
Tell her she’s a fool
She’ll say yes, I know
But I love him so
And that’s how it goes
When a woman loves a man
Tell her she’s a fool
She’ll say yes, I know
But I love him so
And that’s how it goes

Session / Album Information

1996

“When A Woman Loves A Man” was recorded in June 1996 and released in 1997 on the album Tony Bennett On Holiday. It was arranged by Jorge Calandrelli.

This recording released on:

  • 1997: Columbia CD: CK 67774 — On Holiday
  • 2004: Columbia/Legacy CD: C5K 92784 — Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett
  • 2011: Disc #63 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK61) On Holiday
  • 2013: Columbia/Legacy – Sixty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett

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