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Only A Woman

by Irish Women In Harmony

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“I got the idea for this new track from the public reaction to ‘Dreams’, when people said the Irish Women In Harmony collective reminded them of ‘A Woman’s Heart’. So our new single ‘Only A Woman’ is about what it is to be a woman today. And what better way to celebrate that than to feature the chorus of the iconic Irish song ‘Only A Woman’s Heart’ written by Eleanor McEvoy. We’ve added our own original spin on it with beautifully written spoken-word verses by FeliSpeaks, with vocal features by our own Aimee, Erica Cody, and myself, plus a vocal cameo by Eleanor McEvoy herself. We hope the song connects and inspires and empowers a new age of womanhood for all.” - RuthAnne Cunningham.

Originally released in 1992, ‘Only A Woman’s Heart’ - sung by Mary Black and Eleanor McEvoy - was the cornerstone of the multi-platinum ‘A Woman’s Heart’ compilation, one of the best selling Irish albums of all time. Award-winning singer-songwriter / producer RuthAnne, who has co-written hits for Niall Horan, Britney Spears, Jojo and Martin Garrix, brings her immaculate twenty-first century pop savvy production skills to this new track built on the foundation of the original. The track marks the recorded debut of fast-rising Nigerian-Irish poet, performer and playwright Felicia Olusanya, better known as FeliSpeaks. FeliSpeaks timely, lyrically observed verses are punctuated with soaring, heartfelt choruses from IWIH mainstays Aimee, Erica Cody and RuthAnne herself. Closing the circle is a haunting vocal introduction from Eleanor McEvoy.

Irish Women In Harmony will continue to support, nurture and encourage female artists.

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My heart is low
My heart is so low
As only a woman's heart can be
Only a woman's only a woman's
Only a woman's heart can know.


My heart is low, loaded, locked and vault heavy with questions for the queens that came before me,
Querying sugar and spice and everything that should have been nice,
Blow up in nasty surprises and womanhood has been such a disguise with none of the prizes
How will we get by this?
We always survive this, we stumble, fall but like Venus we keep rising.


It's like they love you, they leave you and then they hate you
It's like a glass ceiling that you can never break through
Now you're tell me your hurtin' and I say me too
My love my love my love


My heart is low
My heart is so low
As only a woman's heart can be
Only a woman's only a woman's
Only a woman's heart can know.


She can be whatever she puts her mind to, mind you,
She can reach deep down and create life too,
She can plant these seeds, tend these weeds, cultivate, change pace, make this a safe space.
So on ordinary days when the glass is always full won't be taken for a fool
The one you confide in, love to hide in, then told to relax, even pack it in, Forgetting this woman is heaven sent.

It's like they push you away when your getting closer
And you keep running and running but getting nowhere
And there's a million mountains to move over
My love my love my love


My heart is low
My heart is so low
As only a woman's heart can be
Only a woman's only a woman's
Only a woman's heart can know.

I want to be loved like my heart belongs to a newborn, soft and pure.
I want to be cared for like I'm precious sparkling with a gleam.
I want to be held like many women haven't been, tender and oh so, sweet
I want to be known like all of us care to be absolutely fully seen.


My heart is low
My heart is so low
As only a woman's heart can be
Only a woman's only a woman's
Only a woman's heart can know.

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released July 23, 2021

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