Maggie May (5:13)

Cover of Every Picture Tells A Story

From Every Picture Tells A Story and 284 other releases

“Maggie May” is a song written by singer Rod Stewart and Martin Quittenton and recorded by Stewart in 1971 for his album Every Picture Tells A Story.
Most versions of “Maggie May” incorporate a 30-second solo guitar intro, “Henry”, composed by Martin Quittenton.

“Maggie May” expresses the ambivalence and contradictory emotions of a young man involved in a relationship with an older woman, and was written from Stewart’s own experience. In the January, 2007 issue of Q magazine, Stewart recalled: “Maggie May was more or less a true story, about the first woman I had sex with, at the Beaulieu Jazz Festival.”

It was initially released in the United Kingdom as the B-side of the single “Reason to Believe,” but DJs became fonder of the B-side and, after two weeks on the charts, the song was reclassified, with “Maggie May” becoming the A-side. However, the single continued to be pressed with “Maggie May” as the B-side.

In October 1971, the song went to number one in the UK and simultaneously topped the charts in the United States. Every Picture Tells a Story achieved the same status at the same time, a feat achieved by only a handful of performers, notably The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, and Beyoncé.

The song was Stewart’s first substantial hit as a solo performer and launched his solo career. It remains one of his best-known songs. A famous live performance of the song on Top of the Pops saw The Faces joined onstage by DJ John Peel, who pretended to play the mandolin (the mandolin player on the recording was Ray jackson of Lindisfarne). Stewart himself was amused by the song’s success, saying, “I still can’t see how the single is such a big hit. It has no melody. Plenty of character and nice chords, but no melody.

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Wake up Maggie, I think I've 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 any more

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  • JakorJas

    Typjcal bitch! Good good tune though.

    16 Jan 6:50pm Reply
  • ringwraith10

    And YES, I KNOW it's a metaphor. Before some kid comes along and tries to correct me. :/

    3 Jan 11:06pm Reply
  • ringwraith10

    Favorite part: when he gets kicked in the head. Love random violence in classic love songs. ;)

    3 Jan 11:05pm Reply
  • Sevan75

    Ich hab eine Kasette von rod gehabt The best of (doppelkasette) ,die hab ich dann mit 13 im Bus von Istanbul nach marmaris gehört.Schöne Zeiten.Natürlichhab ich eifrig mitgesungen,zum schuss haben wir beschlossen sie doch lieber über Lautsprecher zu hören und somit kannte dann jeder türkische busreisende Rod Steward.!% stunden lang :-D

    28 Nov 2014 Reply
  • zmatster

    First time I heard this as a kid, I had to run and get the 45.

    8 Oct 2014 Reply
  • BlueOclock

    I've heard this song so many times I should be tired of it, but I'm not, and I never will be. A lovely song, and lots of good memories attached to it too.

    29 Aug 2014 Reply
  • TheBullfrog

    Marvellous! www.jackybullfrog.com

    16 Aug 2014 Reply
  • jomabbs

    Check out John Peel on the mandolin... RIP John...

    13 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Oppressotron

    Great disc but I still have to skip this one. It's played WAY TOO MUCH on the radio.

    5 Aug 2014 Reply
  • harrykar

    oh yeah i like that Rod's track

    13 Jul 2014 Reply
  • EGOFF3377

    GREAT ALBUM....GREAT TRACK...EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY !!!

    13 Jun 2014 Reply
  • P150LEA

    A great song <3<3<3

    6 Jun 2014 Reply
  • hotcoco693

    Going to see me tomorrow night in Lincoln,Ne!

    6 Jun 2014 Reply
  • selene_101

    Wake up Maggie,.i think I got somethin' to say to you, <3

    14 Mar 2014 Reply
  • marjo47

    He is still one of my favorit singers.

    25 Feb 2014 Reply
  • hectorlopezt

    Es una de las primeras canciones de rock que escuche, es maravilloso volver escucharla

    10 Feb 2014 Reply
  • TWHsr

    He is such a good singer with everything.

    11 Jan 2014 Reply
  • mikesimpson

    Epic song !

    6 Jan 2014 Reply
  • JakeyWHFC

    One of the best in the British songbook

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Tom_Pullings

    good memories ride with this one

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
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