Still a Woman – Lyrics To A Song

by Rivian Bell

Mother’s Day 1982 – a song for Mom, and all our mothers

Verse:

She studied hard to find a way to make it on her own
She never knew the luxuries her sons and daughters know
One morning when the train pulled in she left the north to roam
Put on a nurse’s uniform to get away from home.

Chorus:

A woman’s still a woman though she’s often called a wife
And she’s known by friends and family she’s taken in her life
Her children think she’s holy til they’re old enough for school
A woman knows what price she pays to live
By someone else’s rules.

Verse:

So war was not the answer but it sure filled up the time
And let her move from town to town til the age of twenty vie
But women weren’t expected then to challenge life’s demands
And she settled down in marriage with a Kansas City man.

Chorus:

A woman’s still a woman though she’s often called a wife
And she’s known by friends and family she’s taken in her life
Her children think she’s holy til they’re old enough for school
A woman knows what price she pays to live
By someone else’s rules.

Verse:

The houses came, then furniture – her first son was soon born
Then followed by two daughters and a fourth child later on.
Two boys, two girls, a business man should make a perfect home
She loved them as she screamed at them for reasons of her own.

Chorus – Alt:

A woman’s still a woman though she’s sometimes called a shrew
And she keeps her friends and family popping pills each afternoon
Her children think she’s holy but they’re all away at school
A woman knows what price she pays to live
By someone else’s rules.

Verse:

Her husband just worked harder while the kids all moved away
There was no one left to fill the house or the hours in the day
She joined the world of nine to five to keep from breaking down
And found herself still wondering when the trains were leaving town.

Chorus – Alt:

A woman’s still a woman though she often feels unknown
By even friends and family and an empty ordered home
Her children think she’s holy but they’ve long been out of school
A woman knows what price she pays to live
By someone else’s rules.

Verse:

Now she makes her peace as best she can, much calmer than before
Her disappointments pushed back by the grandchild at her door
Her daughters soon will walk her steps and wonder if they’ll find
If motherhood protects them from the loneliness of time.

Chorus – Final:

A woman’s still a woman though she’s often called a wife
And she’s known by friends and family she’s take in her life
Her children know she’s human and still looking for her home
And they see her as a woman who’s a woman all her own.

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