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Rod Stewart - Maggie May



This was the first big hit of the rock era to feature a mandolin, which was mostly heard in folk music. Stewart first used the instrument on "Mandolin Wind," which was one of the first songs he recorded for the album. He liked the results, so he used it on "Maggie" as well. "Maggie May" remains the biggest mondolin-based hit ever recorded, although the theme music for The Godfather, released the following year, may be more recognized.

Every Picture Tells A Story was Stewart's third solo album, and the one that made him a superstar. At the time, he was still lead singer of the Faces, and for this session, which took place at Morgan Sound Studios in Willesden, England, he brought in two of his mates from that group: Ronnie Wood (guitar/bass) and Ian McLagan (organ). The other musicians were drummer Mickey Waller (he forgot to bring his cymbals to the session, so those were overdubbed later), guitarist Martin Quittenton and mandolin player Ray Jackson. The song came together quickly in the studio, helped along by Jackson's mandolin contribution. Jackson had been hired to perform on the song "Mandolin Wind," which is why he was available. Stewart asked him to play something they might use to end the song, which he improvised on the spot.


Maggie May - Lyrics


Wake up, Maggie

I think I got something to say to you

It's late September and

I really should be back at school


I know I keep you amused

But I feel I'm being used

Oh, Maggie, I couldn't have tried anymore

You led me away from home

Just to save you from being alone

You stole my heart and that's what really hurts


The morning sun, when it's in your face

Really shows your age

That don't worry me none

In my eyes, you're everything


I laughed at all of your jokes

My love you didn't need to coax

Oh, Maggie, I couldn't have tried anymore

You led me away from home

Just to save you from being alone

You stole my soul and that's a pain I can do without


All I needed was a friend

To lend a guiding hand

But you turned into a lover, and mother what a lover!

You wore me out


All you did was wreck my bed

And in the morning kick me in the head

Oh, Maggie, I couldn't have tried anymore

You led me away from home

'Cause you didn't want to be alone

You stole my heart, I couldn't leave you if I tried


I suppose I could collect my books

And get on back to school

Or steal my daddy's cue

And make a living out of playing pool


Or find myself a rock 'n' roll band

That needs a helping hand

Oh, Maggie, I wished I'd never seen your face

You made a first-class fool out of me

But I'm as blind as a fool can be

You stole my heart, but I love you anyway


Maggie, I wished I'd never seen your face

I'll get on back home one of these days, ooh, ooh, ooh


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