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She’s A Woman – Neil Herbert

She’s A Woman - Neil Herbert

She’s A Woman – Neil Herbert

It would be worrying if this song was entitled ‘He’s A Woman’, as that would have meant that Boy George would have recorded it and we would not be able to lay claim to this love song, which gently swings back and forth, a bit like lying in a hammock, enjoying a beautiful sunset and sipping on a cocktail.

The song was written by Eddie Storbeck and would spent 22 weeks in the Springbok top 20, spending 31 January 1975 at number 1. Neil Herbert had been in the band The Attraction (remember ‘Scooby Dooby Dum Dum Day’) and he brings a sort of Elvis-y croon to the verses, then soaring into a smooth Engelbert Humperdinck-ness on the choruses. Sadly, Neil is no longer with us, but there seem to be 2 versions of how he died. The Chilvers/Jaisukowicz book, ‘History Of Contemporary Music Of South Africa’ says he died in a plane crash in 1979 while someone on the Youtube video of the song says he was a family friend and took his own life because he could not cope with his arthritis.

‘She’s My Woman’ should not be confused with Alan Garrity’s ‘She’s My Woman’ which appeared on the scene in the August of 1975. It is possible that Garrity (who penned his own hit) enjoyed Herbert’s song so much that he wanted to lay claim to this woman that Herbert sang of with so much passion. Whether this is the case or not, you should take Herbert’s woman to heart and enjoy the song.

Where to find it
Various Artists – The Best of SA Pop Volume 1 (1994) GMP, CDGMPD 40485 (CD)

Video:

Put Your Hand In The Hand – Alan Garrity

Put Your Hand In The Hand – Alan Garrity

Put Your Hand In The Hand - Alan Garrity

Put Your Hand In The Hand – Alan Garrity

The 70’s in America was a time when there were a lot of “Christian” songs floating around the popular music scene. ‘Put Your Hand’ was one of these and encourages people to grab the hand of Jesus (The Man From Galilee). This Gospel number has all the feel of an old traditional one, but was actually written in 1970 by Gene MacLennan and was first recorded by Anne Murray. It has subsequently been recorded by such luminaries as Joan Baez, Elvis Presley and Donny Hathaway. However, it was a Canadian group called Ocean that had the biggest hit with it, taking their version to number 2 in US. Their one features a mix of male and female vocals.

Alan Garrity’s version is a well-executed one. He delivers a strong vocal performance and his voice has a slight Elvis sound on this recording. His version topped the South African charts in1973 and stayed there for 4 weeks. The mystery that I have not been able to resolve though, is who sings the female vocals on this version. Anyone out there know?

Where to find it:
Various Artists – The Best of SA Pop Volume 1 (1994) GMP, CDGMPD 40485 (CD)

Video:
Alan Garrity

Anne Murray

Joan Baez

Elvis Presley

Ocean

Donny Hathaway

Lyrics:

Put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the water
Put your hand in the hand of the man who calmed the sea
Take a look at yourself and you can look at others differently
By puttin your hand in the hand of the man from Galilee.

Everytime I look into the Holy Book I wanna tremble
When I read about the part where a carpenter cleared the temple
For the buyers and the sellers were no different fella’s than what I
professed to be
And it causes me shame to know I’m not the people we should be

Put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the water
Put your hand in the hand of the man who calmed the sea
Take a look at yourself and you can look at others differently
By puttin your hand in the hand of the man from Galilee.

Mama taught me how to pray before I reached the age of seven
And when I’m down on my knees, that’s when I’m close to heaven
Daddy lived his life for two kids and a wife, but you do what you must do
But he showed me enough of what it takes to get me through

Put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the water
Put your hand in the hand of the man who calmed the sea
Take a look at yourself and you can look at others differently
By puttin your hand in the hand of the man from Galilee.

Put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the water
Put your hand in the hand of the man who calmed the sea
Take a look at yourself and you can look at others differently
By puttin your hand in the hand of the man from Galilee.

(Written by Gene MacLennan)

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