Did You Know: A Red White & Blue "American Woman"

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‘Tickets @ Two’ is a hit from the group north of the border, from [lastfm]The Guess Who[/lastfm], it’s “American Woman.”

The song came about accidentally while performing live in Canada. After a technical difficulty with his guitar, Randy Bachman started playing that well-known riff while tuning his strings, and song history was made.

Randy Bachman said: “We were playing a gig in Ontario Canada, and I broke a string. I was up there alone, tuning up my E and B strings on an old Les Paul. I started playing that riff and in the audience heads started turning. The band got up, and I said, ‘keep playing this, I don’t want to forget it.’ When Burton had run out of solos, I yelled out, ‘sing something!’ So out of the blue Burton just screamed, ‘American Woman, stay away from me!’

That was the song, the riff and Burton yelling that line over and over again. Later, he added other lines like ‘I don’t need your war machine, your ghetto scenes.’ Before they knew it they had a #1 record and a protest song.

Due to the lyrics, [lastfm]The Guess Who[/lastfm] was not allowed to play the song when they performed at the Richard Nixon White House.

This was one of the most misinterpreted songs ever. Despite a very clear lyric: “American Woman, get away from me,” we American heard it as a patriotic ode and tribute to American women.

Be caller 12 when we play it to win tickets to see The Rockettes at 1-800-232-KRTH (5784)

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