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Album: Welcome To My NightmareReleased: 1975Charted:
Contrary to what many listeners believed, this is not about menstruation and it does not advocate domestic violence. Cooper is singing about how women bleed from the heart, mind and soul. Several feminist groups protested this song, but it is actually a sympathetic look at domestic abuse. It's a rare song where Cooper doesn't try to shock, but takes the side of the victim.Dick Wagner
, who co-wrote the song with Cooper, told us: "It's really a song about domestic violence. It was misunderstood when it first came out. It was supposedly about a woman's period, but it wasn't. It was about a woman's subservient position in society to a man. I'm a firm believer that women are the superior sex. 'Only Women Bleed' was a liberating kind of song."
Alice Cooper and his guitarist Dick Wagner also wrote the ballads "You And Me" and "I Never Cry" together. Alice called this style "Heavy Metal Housewife Rock," and explained in an interview with Creem: "I did those songs totally out of spite. I kept reading so many interviews and articles that I said I was never considered musical. Best rock show they ever saw, but musically lacking. They kept saying I was a performer but didn't write anything. So I said, 'Oh yeah? Yeah? Wait till you hear this!'"
This ballad was a centerpiece of Alice Cooper's Welcome To My Nightmare tour, and his biggest hit from the album. Cooper performed the song with a single dancer, and it remained a part of his stage show for many of his concerts in the ensuing years.
Dick Wagner wrote what would become the music for this song in 1968 when he was with a band called The Frost. Wagner wasn't happy with the lyrics he wrote for the song, so he never recorded it. When he teamed up with Cooper in 1975, he played the music for Alice, who attached it to a title he was looking to use: "Only Women Bleed." Based around that title, he and Wagner came up with the rest of the lyrics.
The song was produced by Bob Ezrin using a demo that was recorded at the home studio of Micky Dolenz of The Monkees. Cooper and Wagner were able to walk to Dolenz house to record the demo.