Sweet City Woman – The Stampeders

The Stampeders are a Canadian rock trio, consisting of Rich Dodson, Ronnie King, and Kim Berly.

The band formed in Calgary, Alberta in 1964 as The Rebounds. The Rebounds had five members: Rich Dodson, Len Roemer, Brendan Lyttle, Kim Berly, and Race Holiday. They renamed themselves The Stampeders in 1965 and Len Roemer was replaced with Ronnie King and Van Louis. In 1966 they relocated to Toronto, Ontario, and became a trio in 1968 when Lyttle, Louis, and Holiday left.

Between 1971 and 1976, the group went on to become a household name, with four songs reaching Top-30 in the U.S and twelve Top-10 singles in Canada. They recorded nine albums, many achieving gold and platinum status. Their song, Sweet City Woman has since become a classic and a standard in the world of pop music. In a recent poll, it was voted one of the Top-10 most-recognizable songs of the 70′s.

Sweet City Woman

The band and song won numerous Juno Awards in 1972, Best Single of the year, guitarist Rich Dodson was named songwriter of the year, Producer Mel Shaw was named record producer of the year, and the group was named Canada’s Top Group. The song was written in reference to Monica Parker who started her career on a show called “Sweet City Woman” with Dan Ackroyd and Ivan Reitman and was telecast on City television out of Toronto.

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Well, I’m on my way, to the city life
To a pretty face that shines her light on the city nights
And I gotta catch a noon train
Gotta be there on time
Oh, it feels so good to know she waits at the end of the line

Swee-ee-eet, sweet city woman
I can see your face, I can hear your voice, I can almost touch you
Swee-ee-eet, sweet city woman
Oh, my banjo and me, we got a feel for singin’, yeah, yeah,

Bon c’est bon, bon bon c’est bon, bon,
Bon c’est bon, bon, bon, bon, bon
Bon c’est, bon, bon bon ci’estbon, bon,
Bon c’est bon, bon, bon, bon, bon
So long ma, so long pa, so long
Neighbors and friends

Like a country mornin’, all snuggled in dew
Ah she’s got a way to make a man feel shiny and new
And she sing in the evenin’, oh familiar tunes
And she feeds me love and tenderness and macaroons

Swee-ee-eet, sweet city woman
I can see your face, I can hear your voice, I can almost touch you
Swee-ee-eet, sweet city woman
Oh, my banjo and me, we got a feel for singin’

Da da da da da da …

Swee-ee-eet, sweet city woman (oh, she’s my)
Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet city woman
Swee-ee-eet, sweet city woman (woah my)
Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet city woman (everybody)
Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet city woman (ba da da da, ba da da da)
Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet city woman (ba da da da, ba da da da)
Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet city woman (ba da da da, ba da da da)
Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet city woman (ba da da da, ba da da da)

  • Audio from the 1971 album,  Against the Grain, which later became Sweet City Woman:


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One thought on “Sweet City Woman – The Stampeders

  1. Well they have redone this song by a guy in North Vancouver. This song is playing now?? this is such a summer hit, i wish that Virgin would stop playing it until then..brings back summer memories on the beach and everyone had this song on the radio….ahhh memories…good ones

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