This one’s for the girls.
Keith Urban officially drops “Female” today (Nov. 8) as the first single from his forthcoming eleventh studio album.
“Female” is tribute to the gender, who, as the song presents, faces bias, prejudice and sometimes assault. Ross Copperman, who co-penned the song with Nicolle Galyon and Shane McAnally, tells the AP the song was written just three weeks ago in response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
“When somebody laughs and implies that she asked for it just ‘cause she was wearin’ a skirt/Aw, is that how that works?/When somebody talks about how it was Adam first, does that make you second best?/Or did He save the best for last?” Keith sings in the track’s second verse.
In its chorus, the singer lists powerful descriptors of females.
“Sister - shoulder - daughter – lover/Healer - broken halo – Mother/Nature - fire - suit of armor - sole survivor - holy water,” he sings. “Secret keeper - fortune teller/Virgin Mary - Scarlet letter/Technicolor - river wild/Baby - girl - woman – child/Female.”
Watch Keith debut the song tonight on the 51st Annual CMA Awards. No official word when Keith’s new album is due for release.