The First Cut Is The Deepest (3:50)

Cover of The Definitive Rod Stewart

From The Definitive Rod Stewart and 15 other releases

This was written by Cat Stevens. It was a hit for PP Arnold in Britain in 1967, reaching #18 in the charts. Stevens never released his original version as a single, as he felt PP Arnold’s rendition was a definitive version. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)

This is about a guy who has met a girl he wants to start a relationship with. In the song, he is explaining the hurt he feels because of his first love, and how it is keeping him from diving into this potential new relationship.

Sheryl Crow covered this in 2004, the first time a female singer had a hit with this song.

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