The Civil Wars’ Joy Williams proves a good woman doesn’t need a man

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Many fans were devastated when The Civil Wars broke up, but this new song from the lady half of the duo, Joy Williams, proves that a good woman definitely doesn’t need a man.

Joy spoke with Marie Claire recently and revealed not only her amazing new song called What a Good Woman Does (which gives me big ol’ goose bumps), but what the breakup of The Civil Wars has meant to her personal growth.

“I don’t know when I started believing this, but I used to think if you’re a good woman you can’t be messy, and you can’t be mad,” she explains of her emotional evolution and how it’s reflected in the song. “I’ve been learning that neither of those two things is true. This is that moment when you want to call someone up and give them a piece of your mind, but you don’t because you know that no good will come of it.”

By hanging up the phone and letting her pain marinate, Williams found a liberating perspective.

“I’ve learned sometimes it is enough to let yourself feel the anger,” she says. “It doesn’t mean that you have to always act on it. Anger can actually bring a searing clarity, and moving through that anger can eventually bring peace. And if you’re wondering: Yes, this song is about the ending of The Civil Wars.”

Well if What a Good Woman Does is any indication of what a breakup can do to an artist, more should definitely give it a whirl.

Joy’s new album Venus is out June 30.

Update: The song is only streaming on Marie Claire for now so be sure to take a listen here.