Only Women Bleed

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"Only Women Bleed"
Single by Alice Cooper
from the album Welcome to My Nightmare
B-side "Cold Ethyl"
Released April 1975
Format 7-inch single
Genre Rock
Length 5:49
Label Atlantic Records
Writer(s) Alice Cooper, Dick Wagner
Producer(s) Bob Ezrin
Alice Cooper singles chronology
"Muscle of Love"
"Only Women Bleed"
"Department of Youth"

"Only Women Bleed" is a song written by Alice Cooper and Dick Wagner. It is a ballad about a woman in an abusive marriage. The song is often mistakenly presumed to be about menstruation, and that has limited its play on radio and in other public forums. As a single by Cooper, it was released as just "Only Women".

It is one of Cooper's biggest hits, reaching #1 on the Canadian RPM national singles chart[1] and #12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1975. It is from his album Welcome to My Nightmare. It was the first of several ballad releases by Cooper that reached the top 20 of the Hot 100 singles chart..

Prior to the release of Welcome to My Nightmare in the US, a shortened version of the song the single was released and was alternatively titled "Only Women" by Atlantic Records due to protests by feminist groups.[2] The single version of the song featured more orchestral movements than the album version.

Guns N' Roses (who featured Cooper on their 1991 song "The Garden") used to play an excerpt of this song in concert as an intro to their reading of Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door".

The song was featured on the soundtrack to Rob Zombie's remake of Halloween.

Chart performance

Other recordings

Cover versions of the song have been recorded by notable artists including:


  1. "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2013-05-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Weber, Barry. "Only Women Bleed - Alice Cooper : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-05-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Preceded by
"Wildfire" by Michael Murphey
Canadian RPM number-one single
July 5, 1975 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Listen to What the Man Said" by Wings