"The First Cut Is The Deepest" as written by and Cat Stevens....
I would have given you all of my heart
But there's someone who's torn it apart
And she's taking almost all that I've got
But if you want, I'll try to love again
Baby I'll try to love again but I know

The first cut is the deepest, baby I know
The first cut is the deepest
Cause when it comes to being lucky she's cursed
When it comes to lovin' me she's worst
But when it comes to being loved she's first
That's how I know

The first cut is the deepest, baby I know
The first cut is the deepest

I still want you by my side
Just to help me dry the tears that I've cried
Cause I'm sure gonna give you a try
And if you want, I'll try to love again
But baby, I'll try to love again, but I know

The first cut is the deepest, baby I know
The first cut is the deepest

Cause when it comes to being lucky she's cursed
When it comes to lovin' me she's worst
But when it comes to being loved she's first
That's how I know

The first cut is the deepest, baby I know
The first cut is the deepest


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"The First Cut Is the Deepest" as written by Cat Stevens

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    My Interpretation
    I think most here have the idea of what the song means.

    I would have given you all of my heart = new love
    But there's someone who's torn it apart = ex girlfriend
    Baby, I'll try to love again, but I know/The first cut is the deepest = I'll try to love again but the first heart break hurts the most.
    And it come to bein' lucky she's cursed = she is an unlucky woman somehow things don't go well with her
    When it comes to lovin' me she's worst = she didn't know how to love & treat him in the relationship

    Conclusion
    He has a new love interest but still his heart is broken from his first love. His ex was is an unlucky woman that did not know how to treat or love him right.
    BSANONYMOUSon April 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this song talks about the pains of first platonic love. The person in the song loves someone but she does not love him back. To make things worse another person loves him instead. He knows that he can't forget his first love but he does not want to hurt the latter either. So he says "I'll try to love again". The song is very successful in expressing the feelings that are hard to express.
    mercanfaton January 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYes I agree! This is a very very very good song, and very true, fits perfect into my life and my first and biggest love! lucky
    Luckyon January 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI don't exactly see it that way...i.e. about not wanting to hurt the "other person." It is simply about how the writer is reluctant to get involved with a new love after being hurt deeply by his "first love."

    It is also somewhat ambiguous -- there are two ways to look at, "The first cut is the deepest." 1. The "first cut" leaves him deeply hurt. 2. the next love(s) may not be as hurtful. So he may be on the one hand, reluctant to start a new love affair, but on the other hand realizing that if it goes bad that the hurt won't be as deep as the first.

    Also...the line, "when it comes to being lucky she's cursed." could be ambiguios as well. i.e. is she "cursed" with being lucky? i.e. very attractive to other men? having to deal with many men who are seeking her affection? Thoughts?
    Admanon February 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI really don't know what to make of the last two lines in the refrain. I don't know why he'd call her unlucky. I do think this song is about him being so heartbroken/hurt over his old relationship that it's given him this baggage that he can't go over to be with this other chick.
    cubbyblueson March 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commenteven if i feel it is not meaning that i want to take this song as she hurts him bad maybe cheat instead of his first love it is about his first serious hurt he got from the girl.it is how i like to take this song.Anyway great song.
    yumurton March 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAh, you totally forgot the last line of the chorus:
    "But when it comes to being loved, she's first."
    Buddha of Suburbiaon April 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyeah, i noticed the missing line too. I think it's important, coz it shows that he's still bitter and not completely over the break up.
    Librangirlon August 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe last line is missing.
    the version without the last line is rod stewart's, or sheryl crow's
    nachozon January 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI believe the song is about his love for his first girl being his deepest; and him trying to communicate that to his new love.

    His first true love broke up with him and that hurt him deeply and emotionally. He truely loved her and gave all his heart to her but she tore it apart when she broke up with him. Thats why he can't love like that anymore but he is willing to give it a try.

    He loves his new girlfriend but is still emotionally affected by his first true love which he says he is over but would probably go back to her in an instant.

    With the line; "when it comes to being lucky she's cursed." she may be cursed with good looks and a very appealing quality which meant other men always approached her until she broke.... uno?/
    zejebisteon February 10, 2009   Link

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