Clean Up Woman

Maria Muldaur

About Clean Up Woman

"Clean Up Woman" is a song by Betty Wright from her second studio album, I Love the Way You Love (1972). Written and produced by Clarence Reid and Willie Clarke, it was released in November 1971 in the U. S. as a 7" single with "I'll Love You Forever" on the B-side. The single reached number six on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, spending fourteen weeks on the chart. It also reached number two on the U. S. Black Singles chart. It peaked at No.4 on the Cash Box Top 100 singles chart during the weeks ending January 29, 1972 and February 5, 1972. It has sold over a million copies with the RIAA gold disc awarded on December 30, 1972. Billboard ranked it as the No. 49 song for 1972. The song's distinctive guitar lick was played by Willie "Little Beaver" Hale. The song also appears as the beginning and end songs in a medley on the 1978 album Betty Wright Live. The song has been sampled in at least 32 other songs, including the 2013 "Favorite Song" by Chance the Rapper and the 1993 remix of "Real Love" by Mary J. Blige. Cover versions include those by  


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A clean up woman is a woman who
Gets all the love we girls leave behind.
The reason I know so much about her
Is because she picked up a man of mine.

Jumpin' slick was my ruin,
'Cause I found out all I was doin'
Was makin' it easy for the clean up woman
To get my man's love, aww, yeah.
Just makin' it easy for the clean up woman
To get my baby's love, huh-huh.

I took this man's love and put it on a shelf,
And, like a fool, I thought I had him all to myself.
When he needed love, I was out havin' fun,
But I found out that all I had done
Was made it easy for the clean up woman
To get my man's love, huh-huh.
Yeah, that's what I did:
I made it easy for the clean up woman
To steal my baby's love, aw, yeah.

The clean up woman will wipe his blues away.
She'll give him plenty lovin', 24 hours a day.
The clean up woman, she'll sweep him off his feet.
She's the one who'll take him in when you dump him in the street.
So take a tip, you better get hip
To the clean up woman, 'cause she's tough.
I mean, she really cleans up.

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Maria Muldaur

Maria Muldaur (born September 12, 1943) is a folk-blues singer who was part of the American folk music revival in the early 1960s. She recorded the 1974 hit song "Midnight at the Oasis," and continues to record albums in the folk traditions. more »

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