“More Than a Woman” by Bee Gees
We’ve already analyzed this song as rendered by Tavares, whose version appears to be lyrically identical to that of the Bee Gees. So readers can refer to said analysis for a more detailed explanation of what’s being emitted here.
But for the most part, as you likely already know if you’re familiar with “More Than a Woman”, this is akin to your quintessential love song. What is a bit unique about the featured narrative, which may also explain the nature of the title to some degree, is that the addressee, i.e. the woman whom the vocalist is smitten by, appears to someone whom he’s known since her girlhood. So as the first verse reads, initially he did not perceive her as a romantic interest.
But now that she has blossomed, if you will, they have apparently proceeded to become romantically involved. So currently, to make a long story short, the vocalist is completely in love. Therefore, his outlook on life is such that the addressee is inseparably part of the picture. And it’s sorta like the old saying goes – beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
So all because the vocalist is head over heels for the addressee doesn’t mean she has that effect on everyone. But the point being made here is that in his eyes personally, she is “more than a woman”, i.e. an extraordinary female.
Multiple Versions of “More Than a Woman”
There are actually two versions of this classic that were released simultaneously. Both versions were featured on the same movie/album, that being the classic soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever, which came out through RSO Records on 15 November 1977.
Besides the Bee Gees, the other rendition is by the Cape Verdean-American R&B group Tavares. And all things considered, it can be argued that the latter proved more popular. The apparent reason was because the Bee Gees’ version was not issued as a single in the UK and US.
However, upon initial release, it still managed to appear on Billboard’s US Adult Contemporary listing. And much later down the line, in 2021, it actually made it onto the top 10 of the US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. The following year, it was certified gold in the United Kingdom.
In fact, if you do know of the Bee Gees, then you are likely already aware that “More Than a Woman” is considered to be one of their signature tunes, regardless of its relatively-meager chart showing. As such it has appeared on a number of the trio’s compilation projects, including “Tales from the Brothers Gibb” (1990).
Credits for “More Than a Woman”
Bee Gees was a band which at its core consisted of three brothers who all tended to serve as vocalists. The names of these brothers are as follows:
- Barry Gibb
- Robin Gibb (1949-2012)
- Maurice Gibb (1949-2003)
All three of them were also accomplished songwriters. As such, it is those three who are individually credited with writing this song. They are also collectively acknowledged as its producers. However, in producing it, they worked alongside Albhy Galuten and Karl Richardson.