When I first set eyes on you
First you beat me up, then you kissed me too
We'd throw stones into the sea
There were no others there, just you and me
Across the bridge and down the lane
I knew I loved you then, you said you did the same

Oh Maggie, what have you done
I shoulda seen it comin', to your side I'd run
Oh Maggie, come to me tonight
I will wait up for you, make sure you're alright

I miss you

You taught me how to sink or swim
When I was scared that day, you just pushed me in
And when nobody was around
You let me kiss you then, there the love I found
I said I'd never let you go
You just smiled at me, how was I to know?

Oh Maggie, what am I to do?
How can I live with only memories of you
Oh Maggie, tell me the truth
When your ship was sinking did you think it through?

I miss you

You were the fountain of my youth
And when I fumbled, you showed me what to do
And when we were both seventeen
You left me standin' there, but you were never mean
And when I saw you out with him
He looked much older and you looked very thin

I hadn't heard from you in years
And then your mama called, she couldn't speak for tears
She said you left me a note
Inside my pocket burns with these words you wrote

Hey darling boy, don't you cry for me
I am forever yours now that I am free
We'll be together, throw stones into the sea
There'll be no others there, just you and me

I miss you
Maggie's gone

I think you came the other night
You stroked my brow, your eyes were full of light
It may have only been a dream
But I would walk with you to places I never have been

Maggie's gone


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    General CommentI attended a Colin Hay concert a few months ago and found this song to be the most moving... he seemed so saddened performing it on stage.

    He told the story of the songs meaning. When he was living in Scotland, around the age of 6 or 7, he would always play with a girl who would wrestle Colin to the ground, releasing him only after leaning down and giving him a kiss. This girl was Maggie. Maggie became his first love and remained with up to (and maybe after) he moved from Scotland to Australia. Right at the height of his solo career, Colin received a phone call telling him that this Maggie had died. In response he wrote "Maggie".

    I feel several of Colin's songs are based solely on Maggie. I Don't Know Why, I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You, Why Did You Call Me, and Goodbye my Red Rose all represent loss of the one true love.
    CHayRevivalon August 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMaggie and many other Colin Hay songs including: I just don't think I'll ever get over you & waiting for my real life to begin
    are all based on this tragic event in Colins life when he found out that his first real love
    (whom he never got over) had died. The line from Maggie: "hey darlin boy, don't you cry for me, I am forever your now that I am free"
    and the line from Waiting for my Real Life to Begin: "I already have a plan, i'm waiting for my real life to begin" are both written about the note that Maggie left him after she committed suicide. I just don't think I'll ever get over you is also written about Maggie, in my views the most beautiful and powerful song ever written.
    Love4Music94on February 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think perhaps Maggie has Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression). You can see two sides of her - "first you beat me up, then you kissed me too". The song is also played quite fast whilst the lyrics are fairly sad, and the notes played are half major and half minor - again, to me, an indication of two different "sides".

    Certainly Maggie was his first major love, but I don't think she leaves him because she is more mature and realistic. It might be because she is close to him but can't handle it because of her self-hating; she knows that she will probably give up on life at some point, and she feels it's better for him to not be close to her when this happens.

    I love how this song tells a story. At first we know something has happened, but it could be just a break up, and then you realise she's committed suicide. Even after all these years, he's still in her heart and I like the reference to "throwing stones into the sea" in her note, from earlier, as it shows that memory is something that means a lot to both of them.

    When he sees her out with "him" doesn't necessarily imply an abusive husband, but I do agree that she's very unhappy with whoever she is with at the moment, hence the lack of eating.

    Finally, Maggie realises that she was so much better off originally and the "don't you cry for me" shows that she really cares about him and doesn't want him to be upset; it's not his fault. And now that she is "free" from her life and depression, they can spend eternity together.
    Cyperon April 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow no ones commented? This is amazing song. I'm not quite sure what it means. Suicide? It almost certainly ends in her death.
    foxyfmuon August 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah the way I always see it is that Maggie is his first (major) love. He thinks they'll be together forever but she's more mature and realistic. She knows it won't last and she leaves him.

    The years pass and he thinks of her often while living his own life. It seems that her husband is abusive and she is unhappy but she is helpless. As it turns out maybe he was the realistic one - she realises she has made the wrong decision and kills herself, leaving him a note so that he knows he was as important to her as she was to him. She never forgot all those simpler times just throwing stones into the sea.

    Now that she "is free" he imagines that she visits him while he sleeps. They can finally be together.

    One of my favourites, along with "Waiting For My Real Life To Begin"
    Batesy_predatoron September 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think she has cancer, because he says shes thin when he sees her again
    punkkid6312on October 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI always thought that she got in with the wrong crowd and became a heroin junky and it eventually killed her, thus the reason of why she is so thin.
    primus77on October 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think that she was probably mentally ill (I think bipolar disorder is probably right on) and that she committed suicide, probably by drowning because of the plethora of water references (even the name Maggie, sort of Margaret, which is derived from the word for "pearl," which is appropriate, I think from his persepective, plus mar=sea). I also think that the fact that Maggie "walks" rather than swims after death.
    And being thin doesn't automatically mean that she was sick physically, it's just as likely because of being on edge mentally.
    dandelionsinherhairon January 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think that she was probably mentally ill (I think bipolar disorder is probably right on) and that she committed suicide, probably by drowning because of the plethora of water references (even the name Maggie, sort of Margaret, which is derived from the word for "pearl," which is appropriate, I think from his persepective, plus mar=sea). I also think that the fact that Maggie "walks" rather than swims after death.
    And being thin doesn't automatically mean that she was sick physically, it's just as likely because of being on edge mentally.
    dandelionsinherhairon January 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think that she was probably mentally ill (I think bipolar disorder is probably right on) and that she committed suicide, probably by drowning because of the plethora of water references (even the name Maggie, sort of Margaret, which is derived from the word for "pearl," which is appropriate, I think from his persepective, plus mar=sea). I also think that the fact that Maggie "walks" rather than swims after death.
    And being thin doesn't automatically mean that she was sick physically, it's just as likely because of being on edge mentally.
    dandelionsinherhairon January 09, 2008   Link

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