"Maggie May" as written by and Roderick David/quittenton 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 know I keep you amused, but I feel I'm being used
Oh, Maggie, I couldn't have tried any more
You led me away from home
Just to save you from being alone
You stole my heart, and that's what really hurts

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 led 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 any more
You led 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 'n' roll band
That needs a helping 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 that I'd never seen your face
I'll get a ride home one of these days


Lyrics submitted by kevin

"Maggie May" as written by Martin Quittenton, Rod Stewart

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +5
    General CommentTotally a song about a younger college kid, still kind of vulnerable and innocent about life, that has an affair with an older woman. She's lonely and sweetly manipulative, and he's fallen madly in love with her. He's frustrated because being with her is frustrating all other aspects of his life, like school. However, he might be frustrated, but he wouldn't change a thing : )
    sistergoldenhair789on May 02, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentWake 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

    Line 3, here, really hits home for me. The narrator of this song is with a woman who he doesn’t suddenly realize his using him, but realizes he has to say it to her. “I know I keep you amused”, she laughs at his jokes, has fun with him. But, I bet at the end of the night, he’s the one paying the bar tabs, hence “feel I’m being used”. He couldn’t have tried any more, meaning he gave everything he had, and she does not love him back. I do not believe it is out of spite, but more along the fact that the woman may not know what she wants, but enjoys herself with this man. She might not even be using him on purpose.

    “Lured me away from home” is not literal. This woman changed him as a person. He no doubt wanted to do right by her, but more likely than not he ended up doing things that he never envisioned he could. Maybe she is cheating with him, maybe she is just too out there, but whatever that may be, the final line shows that he loves her, and she does not love him back.

    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

    Line 1 may refer to the woman’s age, but I think it is more of a metaphor for just how much more experience this woman is. This is all sorts of new to him, yet I am willing to bet that this is far from the first time for the woman. And maybe it just isn’t about sex, but rather this relationship the two are in. Yet, despite that, line 2 and 3 once more confirms the man’s love for her. Lines 4 and 5 are the same as the above paragraph, yet line 5 changes it by saying it is a pain he could do without. Not a pain he does not want, just one he does not need. Anyone who has been in a relationship like this knows they can get out anytime, but a lot of times you are not sure if you really want too. Is the pain worse than being alone?

    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

    Lines 1 and 2, here, refer to the fact that the man probably went on a first date with this girl and did not take it as a date. He was lonely, and wanted a mate. Yet she clearly wanted more. Lines 3 and 4 confirm this, while showing that it went far beyond what the man thought lovers meant. Line 5 can be taken to show that the man is hung over on this situation. He wakes up, doesn’t know what to do, and therefore is just stuck. Line 6 is the same, while line 7 confirms, for the first time, that the woman knows why she is doing what she is doing. It’s not to “save” herself, which might be subconscious. Rather, she now “wants” to not be alone, confirming that it is a conscious decision. Line 7 is what I said in the previous paragraph, he hates the situation, but doesn’t want out. Indeed, he hasn’t even tried to.

    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

    Line 1 is reality, while 2 and 3 are fantasy. It is important to separate the singer from the speaker in this song. Yes, Rod Stewart is a rock star, but whoever the man is in this song has no chance in hell of playing pool for a living or joining a rock group. When he says “I suppose” in line 1, it lacks any conviction, for he does not want to go back. Line 4 is what the last lines of the previous stanzas are about. He doesn’t hate Maggie for putting him through this, he really hates himself for getting caught up in it. Indeed, lines 5 and 6 give blame to Maggie, yet quickly rescinds it by saying that he is, indeed, a fool. The last line changes, with the speaking confirming to himself that yes, this is bad, but I cannot help the way I feel. I want this, no matter what.

    Maggie I wish I'd never seen your face
    I'll get on back home one of these days

    The first line is a reaffirmation, yet the second line shows, once more, a lack of conviction to leave. Yes, wish all you want to leave, but he has no plans to. It’s set in some date that he does not know, or may never know. “One of these days” is the exact same as saying “maybe”.

    Overall, the narrator knows he is trapped in this unrequited love situation. What he wants is different from what Maggie wants. And while he knows this, and it is killing him, he does not want to end it. He cannot face that, and while he wishes things were different, he has no plans to change them.

    I, clearly, love this song.
    yortaremeon July 31, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI first became aware of this song around 1975, when I was 14. I've listened to it ever since and it *still* sends chills down my spine. This song oozes emotion in every way possible: awesome melody, killer lyrics, Rod's raspy voice soulfully tugging at your heartstrings, great band, and, wow, the way that mandolin is layered on top of the suspended rhythm at the end is the perfect way to allow the listener to reflect upon the feelings he/she has lived in the previous 2 mins.

    Maggie May show her age, but her song hasn't aged a day since the moment it was released.
    tsreybon June 22, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentold spinster, trapping young man, I hope I can do that when I'm old and lonely!!!
    LevRyanon January 24, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMaggie's a MILF/cougar (the sun really shows her age) taking advantage of a young, naive schoolboy who fancies romps in the hay. He falls in love and she's in it for the play. In the end, he can't shake her, even though he knows she could care less about him.
    asSTARSfallxon May 05, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy name is Maggie May... For years I have had this song sung to me by a variety of flirtatous men, trying to sing into my heart..The truth is, I don't like the implications of this song.

    But the undeniable love between the singer and the Maggie May is bittersweet. He'll never give up, even though he's made it obvious that she and him have their issues (what love story doesn't?). She's the path he's chosen; and maybe someday he'll be something, but for now he's hers. And even when he moves on, his heart will still be hers 'cause she's stolen it along with his soul.

    And by the way, as a mandolin player, the intro and ending to this song is beautiful.
    sweetlilmagpieon July 26, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song couldn't more perfectly describe this guy I was seeing. I fell harder in love with him than he felt for me.
    Lost my virginity to him.
    I laughed at everything he said even though he wasn't funny.
    Was a friend at first, he was my go-to man for advice, then one day we just started kissing...lol
    I realized he started seeing me because he was bored and lonely.
    Made a COMPLETE fool out of me.
    He turned out to just be a liar in the end anyway. Absolutely hate him now, but I'd take him back in a heartbeat if he asked if I'm being honest with myself.
    imreallytighton July 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe mandolin part at the end of this song is among my favorite 60 seconds of any piece of music, ever.
    wildflowerfeveron May 02, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about his relationship with Elke Sommer.
    Thia007on November 17, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFantastic song, covered well but the origanals are always best
    SuZaNnEaBeThon April 30, 2002   Link

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