In the January issue of Q magazine, Stewart recalled: As the centerpiece of his third album, Every Picture Tells a Story, it occupied a key musical and emotional spot on the record. It is a song that has found its way into every ship but none of the songbooks.
In this period Lime Street was established as her favoured haunt. Every Picture Tells a Story achieved the same status Maggie may the same time. This version was performed by Kenneth Haigh in the original cast recording of the musical.
The cymbal crashes had to be overdubbed separately some days later. The song re-entered the UK chart in Decemberbut only reached number The song specifies several real streets in Liverpool, notably Lime Street in the centre of the city.
He is paid off for the trip. Chart performance[ edit ] In Octoberthe song went to number one in the UK Singles Chart for five weeks and simultaneously topped the charts in AustraliaCanadaand the United States.
Draped in glittering, ornate acoustic guitars and mandolins, it was a wonderful blend of epic simplicity, self-deprecating humor and emotional truth, wistful melodies, and rocking rhythms. It remains one of his best-known songs.
In the most established version, it is sung in the first person by a sailor who has come home to Liverpool from Sierra Leone. The album version of "Maggie May" incorporates a second solo guitar intro, "Henry", composed by Martin Quittenton.
What mattered is that every fiber of it felt as if it was true, as if the boy seduced by an older woman really was Stewart. She had "a figure so divine" either "like a frigate of the line " or with "a voice so refined". While it may have sounded like a slight departure to fans of the Jeff Beck Group or the Faces, the hard rock band he was fronting init was not just of piece with the dynamic blend of folk and rock he essayed on his solo records, it was its pinnacle.
In the earliest known version, the protagonist is "charming Nellie Ray", who may have been a real transported prostitute and thief. Drummer Micky Waller often arrived at recording sessions with the expectation that a drum kit would be provided and, for "Maggie May", it was — except that no cymbals could be found.
When he fails to find his clothes in the pawn shop, he contacts the police. A live performance of the song on Top of the Pops saw the Faces joined onstage by DJ John Peelwho pretended to play the mandolin the mandolin player on the recording was Ray Jackson of Lindisfarne.
Stewart made songs as good as this -- the next tune on Every Picture, "Mandolin Wind," was just as good -- but he never topped it, and it continues to define everything that is great about Rod Stewart as a singer and songwriter.
And the wondrous thing about it is that the listener feels like they went on the same journey as Stewart.Song information for Maggie May - Rod Stewart on AllMusic.
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Lyrics to 'Maggie May' by Rod Stewart. 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. Lyrics to Maggie May by Rod Stewart: (rod stewart / martin quittenton) / Wake up maggie I think I got something to say to you / Its late. "Maggie May" (or "Maggie Mae") (Roud ) is a traditional Liverpool folk song about a prostitute who robbed a "homeward bounder": a sailor coming home from a round trip.
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