"Handbags and Gladrags" as written by and Michael D'abo....
Ever seen a blind man cross the road
Trying to make the other side
Ever seen a young girl growing old
Trying to make herself a bride

So what becomes of you my love
When they have finally stripped you of
The handbags and the gladrags
That your Granddad had to sweat so you could buy
Baby

Once I was a young man
And all I thought I had to do was smile
You are still a young girl
And you bought everything in style

Listen
But once you think you're in you're out
'Cause you don't mean a single thing without
The handbags and the gladrags
That your Granddad had to sweat so you could buy

Sing a song of six-pence for your sake
And take a bottle full of rye
Four and twenty blackbirds in a cake
And bake them all in a pie

They told me you missed school today
So what I suggest you just throw them all away
The handbags and the gladrags
That your poor old Granddad had to sweat to buy

They told me you missed school today
So I suggest you just throw them all away
The handbags and the gladrags
That your poor old Granddad had to sweat to buy ya


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"Handbags and Gladrags" as written by Michael D'abo

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  • +1
    Song FactThe song was written by Mike d'Abo and was first released as a single in 1967 by Chris Farlowe.

    Rod's version was arranged by Mike d'Abo, who also played the piano on the recording.
    sokornyon January 14, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General Commentgreat song. unplugged version is better.
    absent124on September 27, 2005   Link
  • -1
    General Commentgreat song, but i think i like the stereophonics version better ♥
    ambarmenowon January 30, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General Commenti'd have to say that the unblugged is slightly better than the studio version, still can be much gr8er for having the advantage of being performed on stage and with a refined arrangements
    dynamite0fistfullon June 04, 2009   Link

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