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Maggie May by Rod Stewart

Updated on January 27, 2012

Rod Stewart - A Short Biography

Maggie May was the first major hit for Rod Stewart and turned him into an instant success, both in the UK and around the world.

Read on for a brief biography of Rod Stewart and his career in music, the lyrics to the classic hit Maggie May, and some great Rod Stewart Video Clips, CD's, DVD's and memorabilia. You can purchase Rod Stewart CD's and DVD's and more directly from this page.

Rod Stewart was born and grew up in London, although with his Scottish accent and tartan clothing you would think that he was Scottish. His parents are mixed Scottish and English.

With his distinctive, raspy voice, Rod Stewart became noticed in the late 1960s and early '70s with The Jeff Beck Group and then The Faces and began a solo career in 1969.

It is amazing what you learn doing research for a lens. Rod played with a band called Shotgun Express in the early 1960's, members of which included Mick Fleetwood and Peter Green, who went on to form Fleetwood Mac, and also Pete Bardens, who will not be known to most of you, unless you are familiar with the rock group Camel.

Stewart sang guest vocals for the Australian group Python Lee Jackson on "In a Broken Dream" in 1970. His payment was a set of seat covers for his car. It was re-released in 1972 to become a worldwide hit.

His solo album Every Picture Tells A Story made him a household name when Maggie May hit the charts. It is still even now ranked as one of the top 500 songs that helped shape rock and roll.

Rod has gone on to record many other great hits, both upbeat rock songs and ballads, and more recently has recorded an album of great American songs from the like of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George Gershwin.

Intro image from Spirit Of Rock

Song Lyrics: Maggie May by Rod Stewart

Written by: Rod Stewart, Martin Quittenton from the Album: "Every Picture Tells A Story" - 1971

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 any more

You lured me away from home just to save you from being alone

You stole my heart and that's what really hurt

The morning sun when it's in your face really shows your age

But 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 any more

You lured 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 lured 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 and roll band that needs a helpin' hand

Oh Maggie I wish 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 wish I'd never seen your face

I'll get on back home one of these days

Original Rod Stewart CD's from Amazon

Where do you start? There are so many classic Rod Stewart CD's. If you like his music, as I do, then a Greatest Hits CD isn't good enough. Start or add to your Rod Stewart CD collection today.

Great American Showtunes from Amazon

If you like showtunes, Rod Stewart has given so many great American Showtunes a new breath of life. These great music collections are not to be missed.

Rod Stewart Greatest Hits CD's from Amazon

So many great songs, you can't fit them on one CD or even two. Expand your collection from this great performer today.

Rod Stewart DVD's from Amazon

Don't settle for listening to Rod Stewart, now you can watch him perform in your living room with concerts on DVD. See what's available and buy one today.

Rod Stewart Maggie May Videos

Rod Stewart Merchandise on eBay

Want something other than CD's or DVD's? Or want some other collectable item of Rod Stewart to add to your collection? eBay is a great place to look.

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    • JennyReis profile image

      JennyReis 5 years ago

      Great lens. Now i am running off to play some Rod and make some cookies...

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      wolfie10 6 years ago

      loved that song. have to visit some of the other lenses as well

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      MAMellott LM 6 years ago

      Rod Stewart has such great style. I love just about all of his music.

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      I wore that album out back in the day. I was in high school then, sometimes it seems like yesterday and sometimes it seems like it was 100 years ago! Great tribute to Rod Stewart.

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      Richard 7 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Can't believe that forty years have rolled by since I first heard this. Still remains one of my favourites by Rod.

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      marsha32 7 years ago

      I enjoy a lot of his music

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      Lisa Auch 7 years ago from Scotland

      I not only love this song, but am in love with Rod Stewart!

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Rod Rocks! He has so many great songs but this one is def my favorite :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I'm so happy for Rod and Penny, they have wanted another baby so bad. The new little one is due in Feb. 2010. This will be Rod's 9th child.

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      WhiteOak50 8 years ago

      I believe this song will always be one of my favorites. Every single time I hear it, it draws me back to memories of Colorado!! You did a great job putting this lens together.

      "Blessed by a SquidAngel"

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      kathysart 8 years ago

      Dang.. a lens off lyrics of a song.. I LOVE IT! Great choice too.



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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      Wow -- I absolutely loved this song -- so did my mother! We seem to like lots of the same songs.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I'm listening to Maggie May - Live in New York right now! - I love that song and you have a whole lens on it. - This lens is now in my list of Other Great Lenses on my Rod Stewart lens, along with your "Pet Peeves". - I feel like I'm celebrating something right now! :) - Thanks Tony!

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      funwithtrains lm 9 years ago

      Great lens, great song!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      This was the first record I ever bought my ex-husband. But despite that I still love it - tee hee!

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      Joan4 9 years ago

      Daughter and son in law even named their beloved dog, Maggie May! Great lens!

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      Patricia 9 years ago

      My mom named a dog she had after this song.

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      beeobrien lm 9 years ago

      I love Rod Stewart. Very nice lens. Really, he's English?

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      lens4Him 9 years ago

      I saw Rod and the Faces perform at Manchester's Free Trade Hall a very long time ago. Rod was knocking back the pints and by the time he got to Maggie May he forgot the lyrics.

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      eccles1 9 years ago

      My son for my B-day got me tickets and he is still

      great and yes I still think he is sexy!

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      Tiddledeewinks LM 9 years ago

      I always listened to Maggie May on the radio when it was out. I didn't know Rod Stewart was from England though. My daughter has roosters named after rock stars, one of them being "Rod Stewart".