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Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells A Story
Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells A Story

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Album: Every Picture Tells A Story
Released: 1971

Every Picture Tells A Story Lyrics

Spent time feelin' inferior standing' in front of my mirror
Combed my hair in a thousand ways, but I came out lookin' just the same
Daddy said, son, you better see the world
I wouldn't blame you if you wanted to leave
But remember one thing, don't lose your head to a woman that'll spend your bread
So I got out

Paris was a place you could hide away, if you felt you didn't fit in
French police wouldn't give me no peace, they claimed I was a nasty person
Down along the left bank, minding my own
Was knocked down by a human stampede
Got arrested for inciting a peaceful riot, when all I wanted was a cup of tea
I was accused

I moved on
Down in rome I wasn't getting enough
Of the things that keep a young man alive
My body stunk, but I kept my funk at a time when I was right out of luck
Getting desperate, indeed I was looking like a tourist attraction
Oh, my dear, I better get out of here for the vatican don't give no sanction
I wasn't ready for that, no, no

I moved right out east, yeah
On the peking ferry I was feeling merry, sailing on my way back here
I fell in love with a slant-eyed lady by the light of an eastern moon
Shanghai lil never used the pill, she claimed that it just ain't natural
She took me up on deck and bit my neck
Oh, people, I was glad I found her
Oh, yeah, I was glad I found here

I firmly believed that I didn't need anyone but me
I sincerely thought I was so complete
Look how wrong you can be
The women I've known I wouldn't let tie my shoe
They wouldn't give you the time of day
But the slant-eyed lady knocked me off my feet
God, I was glad I found her

And if they had the words I could tell to you
To help you on your way down the road
I couldn't quote you no dickens, shelley or keats
'Cause it's all been said before
Make the best out of the bad, just laugh it off
You didn't have to come here anyway, so remember

Every Picture Tells A Story don't it?
Every picture tells a story don't it?
Every picture tells a story don't it?
Every picture tells a story don't it?
Every picture tells a story don't it?
Every picture tells a story don't it?

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Every Picture Tells A Story
  • This song recounts a series of misadventures endured by Stewart's globetrotting protagonist, culminating with his torrid romance with a "slit-eyed lady." (Political correctness has never exactly been Rod Stewart's calling card).

    In the May 1995 issue of Mojo, Stewart said of the song: "I can remember the build up. You know what the song's about - your early teenage life when you're leaving home and you're exploring the world for yourself. Ronnie (Wood) and I rehearsed round my house at Muswell Hill and recorded it the next day. That whole album was done in 10 days, two weeks, about as long as it takes to get a drum sound right nowadays."
  • The song's title doesn't appear in the lyrics until the end... where it is repeated 24 times! ("Every picture tells a story, don't it?")

  • Rod Stewart - Maggie Ma
    Rod Stewart - Maggie May

    Rod Stewart - Maggie May Youtube Music Videos and Lyrics

    Album: Every Picture Tells A Story
    Released: 1971

    Maggie May Lyrics

    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

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  • This song is about the woman who deflowered Stewart when he was 16. In the January 2007 issue of Q magazine, Stewart said: "Maggie May was more or less a true story, about the first woman I had sex with, at the Beaulieu Jazz Festival. It nearly got left off because the label said it didn't have a melody. I said, 'Well, we've run out of time now, these are all the tracks we've recorded. They said, Alright, then, bring it on."
  • The name "Maggie May" does not occur in the song; Rod borrowed the title from a Liverpool folk song about a Lime Street prostitute.

    Stewart liked the play on words the title created, sometimes introducing the song by saying, "This is 'Maggie May' - sometimes she did, sometimes she didn't."
  • In his memoir Rod: The Autobiography, Stewart provided details of the experience that led to this song. Wrote Stewart: "At 16, I went to the Beaulieu Jazz Festival in the New Forest. I'd snuck in with some mates via an overflow sewage pipe. And there on a secluded patch of grass, I lost my not-remotely-prized virginity with an older (and larger) woman who'd come on to me very strongly in the beer tent. How much older, I can't tell you - but old enough to be highly disappointed by the brevity of the experience."

    Remarkably, there is video of Stewart at the festival .
  • Stewart's record company didn't think this was a hit, so they released it as the B-side of "Reason To Believe." Disc jockeys liked "Maggie" better, so they played it as the single instead. The first station to flip the single and play it as the A-side was WOKY in Milwaukee.
  • Every Picture Tells A Story was Stewart's third solo album, and the one that made him a superstar. It was recorded at Morgan Sound Studios in Willesden with drummer Mickey Waller, guitarist Martin Quittenton, and Stewart's Faces mate Ronnie Wood among the musicians.

    Stewart got the idea for the song during a US tour with the Faces. He completed the song with Quittenton, who came up with the intro and wrote the chords. The song came together quickly in the studio, helped along by the Ray Jackson mandolin contribution - Jackson had been hired to perform on the song "Mandolin Wind," which is why he was available. Stewart asked Jackson to play something they might use to end the song, which he improvised on the spot.

    Quittenton, who is listed as the song's co-writter along with Stewart, told the Daily Mail: "We didn’t think it was very good. Never in anyone’s wildest dreams was it a Pop standard."

    Quittenton said that when the song became a hit, he was working in a record shop for £7 a week. His royalties for the song would eventually amount to about £25,000 a year. He declined Stewart's offer to join the Faces, and left the music business a short time later after suffering a nervous breakdown. Quittenton also co-wrote Stewart's hit "You Wear It Well."
  • This became a huge hit in England and America, topping both the UK and US charts at the same time. Every Picture Tells A Story was also the #1 album on both sides of the Atlantic, making him the first artist to have the #1 song and album in both the US and UK simultaneously. Stewart's success in the UK was expected, as he had a following there as a member of The Faces, but he was little known in America before "Maggie May" took off.
  • Stewart was the lead singer of The Faces when this was released. He put out solo albums while he was with the band because of contract obligations. When this became a hit, Faces shows were billed as "The Faces with Rod Stewart." He became the focus of the group.
  • Ray Jackson, a British musician who played in the band Lindisfarne, played the mandolin on this song and a few others for Stewart. In 2003, Jackson threatened legal action against Stewart, claiming he deserved a writing credit for his contribution. Jackson, who says he made just the standard £15 session fee for his work, stated: "I am convinced that my contribution to Maggie May, which occurred in the early stages of my career when I was just becoming famous for my work with Lindisfarne, was essential to the success of the record."

    Stewart employed Jackson on subsequent recordings, but didn't hear about his beef with the composer credit until the '80s. Stewart's retort (through a spokesman): "As is always the case in the studio, any musical contributions he may have made were fully paid for at the time as 'work-for-hire.'"

    Adding insult is Jackson's credit on the album notes, which reads: "The mandolin was played by the mandolin player in Lindisfarne. The name slips my mind."

    Jackson never brought the case to court, but his threat did illuminate his contribution and help publicize his artistic endeavors.
  • In October 1971 Stewart became the first artist in history to hold all four #1 positions in the British and American singles and albums charts. While "Maggie May" topped the singles tally in both territories, Every Picture Tells A Story achieved the same feat on the album charts.
  • Stewart moved to America a few years after this came out. He was doing very well there, but also wanted to avoid the huge taxes England levied on high-income entertainers. This was around the same time The Rolling Stones left England for tax reasons. Their album Exile on Main St. is a reference to their "tax exile" status.

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