How The Guess Who Wrote 'American Woman' By Accident (Lyrics, Meaning) 

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The band on the sleeve of the 'American Woman' and 'No Sugar Tonight' single. Source: Discogs.com

"American Woman" by The Guess Who might seem like an anthem praising the ladies of the 50 states... maybe an heir to the Beach Boys' "California Girls." But take a look at the lyrics and the band's explanation of the meaning, and you'll find it's anything but complimentary. For these Canadian rockers, "American Woman" was a critique of the seductive but dangerous women across their homeland's southern border, and what's more, the American womanin the song is actually a metaphor for the United States and all its domestic and foreign turmoil.