"You Wear It Well" as written by Rod Stewart and Martin Quittenton....
I had nothing to do on this hot afternoon
But to settle down and write you a line
I've been meaning to phone you but from Minnesota
Hell it's been a very long time
You wear it well
A little old fashioned but that's all right

Well I suppose you're thinking I bet he's sinking
Or he wouldn't get in touch with me
Oh I ain't begging or losing my head
I sure do want you to know that you wear it well
There ain't a lady in the land so fine

Remember them basement parties, your brother's karate
The all day rock and roll shows
Them homesick blues and radical views
Haven't left a mark on you, you wear it well
A little out of time but I don't mind

But I ain't forgetting that you were once mine
But I blew it without even tryin'
Now I'm eatin' my heart out
Tryin' to get a letter through

Since you've been gone it's hard to carry on
I'm gonna write about the birthday gown that I bought in town
When you sat down and cried on the stairs
You knew it did not cost the earth, but for what it's worth
You made me feel a millionaire and you wear it well
Madame Onassis got nothing on you

Anyway, my coffee's cold and I'm getting told
That I gotta get back to work
So when the sun goes low and you're home all alone
Think of me and try not to laugh and I wear it well
I don't object if you call collect
'Cause I ain't forgetting that you were once mine
But I blew it without even tryin'
Now I'm eatin' my heart out tryin' to get back to you

After all the years I hope it's the same address
Since you've been gone it's hard to carry on


Lyrics submitted by spliphstar

"You Wear It Well" as written by Roderick David/quittenton Stewart

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

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    General CommentCan't it just have been such a long time since he's been in touch with her that it's "time" that she wears well? Like she's getting older but not less atractive?
    tugiton February 21, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwell, obviously it's a guy writing to an ex of his. they've been broken up for a long time and they're separated by miles. I'd like to know what rod meant by "you wear it well". what does she wear well?
    SteadyFreddyon August 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI always figured it meant he'd bought her a dress before leaving her, or maybe when he'd left. I like the song at any rate, it's a personal favorite...
    Acey_Deareston January 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentRhyming Minnesota with phone ya - magic!!!! Such a classy song, a feeling of knocking it up in a few minutes between rehearsals
    nagromnaion March 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think he just means everything about her, her personality her memory everything, she wears it well in his mind.. Thats what I think anyways..always a nice one to listen to in the morning.
    productofthe80son June 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy all time favorite song. I stole this album from my brother when I was about 12. I have listened to this song over a 1000 times! I know, pretty sad, it took me years to figure Rod was saying "Minnesota" at the beginning of the song! A truely great rock voice, too bad Rods at the end of the line...
    stangboyon September 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti agree with tugit, she's grown older since he's last seen her and 'she wears it well'...or she looks like she's coping with their break up well and this new freedom suits her?
    mrseisenon July 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about being comfortable in your own space. "Wearing it well" is an achievement that is reserved for those of us in rarefied air....that is to say, it's a particular talent to be yourself, and not be stained by the culture you live in. Hence, homesick blues and radical views. The narrator is evoking the persona of the relatively simple guy, who once had a woman that was really great, but at the time he didn't quite have the words to say it properly. At the end of the song, the line reverses to "and I wear it well," indicating that while the girl in the song is ideal and in full ownership of her (we suppose) ideal personality, the singer as come to peace with his place in life and is doing a a damn good job being who the world as made him to be.
    joseph06on January 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about a woman he once dated, they drifted apart because he was younger and did something stupid to mess it up, but he still thinks about her and now regrets it.
    He's moved on with his life and accepted it, but is writing her a letter. It isn't out of desperation, he's just reminiscing and showing his appreciation for this woman and admitting to have shot himself in the foot as far as their relationship goes. But he wears it well, ie-he takes it in stride now, but still admires her...and he's pining for her a bit.
    I take "you wear it well" in this song to mean that he admires how she is comfortable being herself and knows who she is. "A little old fashioned", "a little out of time", she isn't perfect, but it doesn't matter because she is a genuine person who is comfortable in her own skin-wearing it well.
    Really sweet sentiment. I like this song.
    squishyyyon December 16, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"Sweetly reminiscent," one of my favorite tones. Any bitter feelings surrounding the breakup are gone and the character is simply admiring what great "grown-ups" he and his childhood sweetheart have turned out to be. Ideally he would like another chance with her ("hope after all these years it's the same address"). But if that doesn't work out he still takes comfort in the memory of who they were as a young couple (basement parties, all day rock & roll shows, etc.) and who they have each become. Letting his mind wander back in time and imagining a seeing her again is a nice respite from the work-a-day world ("my coffee's cold and I'm getting told I ought to get back to work...") The song is straightforward enough to not require interpretation, really, but it's such a perfect confection I had to comment.
    total_blam_blamon February 21, 2011   Link

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