“If I Were Your Woman” Performed By Gladys Knight & The Pips (1970)

January 3, 2011


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#1 R&B, #9 Pop

“If I Were Your Woman” is another song from the album of the same name (the other being “I Don’t Want To Do Wrong”), that drove the LP to hit status in 1971. It charted #4 R&B and #35 Pop

This LP was the family act’s 5th Motown album release on the Soul label. The single was one that Knight did not want to sing because she was the woman without the man in the lyric. But Berry Gordy insisted and bet Knight that it was smash hit. So she sang it and lost the bet ;-)

Here’s an awesome live performance of the 1971 hit that is now a classic 40 years later. This family group, made up of Gladys Knight, her brother Merald “Bubba” Knight, and cousins William Guest and Edward Patten, were consummate performers as you can see from the video. And their voices blended in perfect harmony, didn’t they?

The group would soon leave Motown for Buddah in 1973 and have enormous crossover success.

In 1989 Miss Knight left the Pips for a solo career. I have had the great pleasure of seeing her perform twice as a solo artist and those family bonds are still strong. Brother Bubba appeared on stage in both of those shows to wow the crowd.

Bubba and Gladys Sep 30 2010 By SonDan

Here are the lyrics to the Grammy nominated song, “If I Were Your Woman,” composed byLaVern Ware (Gloria Jones), Pam Sawyer & Clay McMurray

If I were you woman
And you were my man
You’d have no other woman
You’d be weak as a lamb
If you had the strength
To walk out that door
My love would over rule my sense
And I’d call you back for more

If I were your woman
If you were my woman
If I were your woman
If you were my woman
If I were your woman
If you were my woman
And you were my man

Yeah
She tears you down Darling
Says you’re nothing at all
But I’ll pick you up Darling
When she lets you fall
You’re like a diamond
And she treats you like glass
Yet you beg her to love you
But me you don’t ask.

If I were your woman
If you were my woman
If I were your woman
If you were my woman
If I were your woman
If you were my woman
Here’s what I’d do
I’d never no, no, no stop loving you

Yeah
Life is so crazy
And love is unkind
Because she came first
Will she hang on your mind
You’re a part of me
And you don’t even know it
I’m what you need
But I’m too afraid to show it

If I were your woman
If you were my woman
If I were your woman
If you were my woman
If I were your woman
If you were my woman
Here’s what I’d do
I’d never, no, no, no stop loving you

If I were your woman
Here’s what I’d do
I’d never, never, never stop loving you
If I were your woman
You’re sweet lovin’ woman

If I were your woman
If you were my woman
If I were your woman
If you were my woman
If I were your woman
If you were my woman…

…you’d need no other woman

TRIVIA: When this family group first formed Glady’s older sister Brenda and cousin Elenor Guest were original members. Both left to get married leaving the young Gladys as the lead singer.

Musically Yours,

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Filed under:A Family Affair,Co-ed Vocal Groups,Gladys Knight & the Pips,Gloria Jones / Clay McMurray / Pam Sawyer,Motown/Soul,Pop/R&B,R&B/Motown,R&B/Soul,Seventies

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 SupaStarry February 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm

lol at the bet, this song is classic though!

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2 Debby June 20, 2011 at 2:18 am

It is! A classic and a popular one at that time.
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3 KJ July 3, 2011 at 1:06 am

Great Motown tune! The lyric is”yet you beg her to love you ,and me you don’t ask”.

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4 SonDan July 4, 2011 at 1:29 am

Welcome to OSML KJ,

Thanks for pointing out the lyric error. Of course in fact the lyric is :
“You’re like a diamond
And she treats you like glass
Yet you beg her to love you
But me you don’t ask.”

We have all sung it over and over again many times in this tune — another awesome performance by Gladys and The Pips!

Hope you enjoyed your visit here and will have many more to come.

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