Impressions ( The ) - WOMAN'S GOT SOUL

First performance: 1/03/1994


Coverinfo

 
36th Grammy Awards. A Curtis Mayfield medley with various artists and Bruce presenting Curtis with a special "Legend" Grammy award. With Steve Cropper, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Vernon Reid, Steve Winwood, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Narada Michael Walden, Don Was, and others. Bruce sings lead on "Gypsy Woman" and takes the first line of "People Get Ready". Mayfield and The Impressions (including Jerry Butler) are onstage for "Amen".
The medley included snippets of six songs written by Curtis Mayfield:
 
 

Songinfo

"Woman's got soul " is written by Curtis Mayfield and appears on the Compilation album Soul Legends: Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions (2006)
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

The Impressions were an American music group originally formed in 1958. Their repertoire includes doo-wop, gospel, soul, and R&B. Mayfield left the group after the release of the "Check Out Your Mind " LP in 1970 and began a successful solo career. Mayfield stayed a  great inspiration to Bruce :  
 
 
 
  • 01.03.94 Grammy Awards, after "The Curtis Mayfield Medley"
"Curtis, on behalf of all the musicians gathered here on stage and in the audience, we wanna thank you for the lasting soul and the deep beauty of the music that you´ve made… you´ve been an inspiration to all of us and it´s an honor to be up here with you tonight and I´m glad to present you with the Grammy Legend Award, we love you…"
 
" There's a beautifully socially–conscious soul of Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, "We're a Winner," keep on pushin'. Just great, great records that just filled the airwaves at a time when you couldn't have needed them more. You just couldn't have needed them more. "A Woman's Got Soul," what a beautiful, beautiful record to women. "It's All Right." It was the sound track of the Civil Rights Movement. And it was here, amongst these great African–American artists, that I learned my craft. You learned how to write. You learned how to arrange. You learned what mattered and what didn't. You learned what a great production sounds like. You learned how to lead a band. You learned how to front a band. "
 
  • Bruce also covered a song (Gypsy Woman) on a compilation album of various artists, celebrating the music of Curtis Mayfield. While many tribute albums are recorded after an artist has passed, this album was completed five years before Mayfield's death : released 1994. ( A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield )
 
 
 
 

Lyrics

She may not be the best lookin' woman
I ever did see
Nor have the charms of the ladies
Of high society
But the woman's got soul
Worth all money and gold
And all the love that I have belongs
To the woman with soul
Now I'm just a regular fellow
I don't need much
I don't need a Cadillac car
Or diamonds and such
But the woman that I hold
She's got to have soul
And then I'm richer than the richest gold
If the woman's got soul
Well, I don't need a woman
That's got a whole lotta class
Because class in a woman
Don't mean she's gonna last
I need a kind of woman
That when I hold she fits so tight, yeah
Oh, and when she throws it on me
I give in without a fight, then I know
The woman's got soul
Worth all money and gold
And then I'm richer than the richest gold
If the woman's got soul
If the woman's got soul
If the woman's got soul
If the woman's got soul