The phrase "A woman's place is in the home" or its sentiments can be traced to the 5th Century BC when the Ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus wrote: "Let women stay at home and hold their peace".
Alas, times have changed. When this O'Sullivan composition was uploaded to YouTube, one viewer commented: "Why is this song so upbeat and why does no one boo him?"
When O'Sullivan performed it at the UCL Bloomsbury Theatre, London, on April 26, 2004, he said: "Ever since I wrote this damn song, I've been beaten up so many times about it and I've loved every minute of it."
He added it might have been called "A Woman's Place Is On the Phone"' or as a backing singer had suggested "A Woman's Place Is On The Throne", though perhaps that should be reserved for Queen songs?
"A Woman's Place" was released as a single in the UK, August 9, 1974 on the MAM label backed by "Too Bad". It was produced by Gordon Mills and arranged by Johnnie Spence.
The song does appear to encompass the O'Sullivan philosophy; in 1980 he married his Norwegian girlfriend, Aase. They have two daughters, and lead a rather secluded life when he is not touring.
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