"Strange Kind of Woman" was originally released as a follow-up single after "Black Night" in early 1971. The song also became a hit, peaking at #8 on UK charts.
When Deep Purple performed the song live, Gillan and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore would play a guitar-vocal duel in the middle. This would always end with an extremely long, high-pitched scream from Gillan before the band returned to playing the original song. An example can be heard on the live album Made In Japan recorded in 1972.
There once was a woman A strange kind of woman The kind that gets written down in history Her name was Nancy Her face was nothing fancy She left a trail of happiness and misery
I loved her Everybody loved her She loved everyone and gave them good return I tried to take her I even tried to break her She said I ain't for takin' won't you ever learn
I want you I need you I gotta be near you I spent my money as I took my turn I want you I need you gotta be near you Ooh I got a strange kind of woman
She looked like a raver But I could never please her On Wednesday mornings boy you can't go far I couldn't get her But things got better, she said Saturday nights from now on baby you're my star
She finally said she loved me I wed her in a hurry No more callers and I glowed with pride I'm dreaming I feel like screaming I won my woman just before she died
I want you I need you I gotta be near you I spent my money as I took my turn I want you I need you I gotta be near you Ooh I had a strange kind of woman
Songwriters: Ian Gillan / Ian Paice / Jon Lord / Ritchie Blackmore / Roger Glover
Strange Kind of Woman lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC