Wake up, Maggie, I think I got somethin' 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 mornin' 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 wanna 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 playin' pool
Or find myself a rock and roll band that needs a helpin' hand
Oh, Maggie, I wished 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 wished I'd never seen your face
I'll get on back home one of these days
Ooh, ooh, ooh


Lyrics submitted by kevin, edited by onemellocello

"Maggie May" as written by Roderick Stewart Martin Quittenton

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    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

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