American Woman: THE GUESS WHO

Australian singles charts:
American Woman entered the Kent charts on 13 April 1970 and peaked at #43.

Burton Cummings, Garry Peterson, Jim Kale, Randy Bachman

Jack Richardson

One of the most misinterpreted songs ever, this is often heard as a patriotic ode or a tribute to American women. It’s usually American listeners who arrive at the jingoistic conclusions, ignoring a very clear lyric: “American Woman, get away from me.”
The Guess Who are Canadian, and Burton Cummings (the song’s lyricist) insists it has nothing to do with American pride. “What was on my mind was that girls in the States seemed to get older quicker than our girls and that made them, well, dangerous,” Cummings told the Toronto Star in 2014. “When I said ‘American woman, stay away from me,’ I really meant ‘Canadian woman, I prefer you.’ It was all a happy accident.”
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