TIL Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May” was inspired by an older woman Stewart describes as a sexual predator who took his virginity at a jazz festival when he was 16. Though his record company thought Maggie May had no commercial potential, it went on to become #1 in the US and the UK in October, 1971.

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*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*

NobleRotter

Let’s normalize calling grown women to have sex with young teen boys sexual predators.

SomeFakeInternetName

I wonder what Maggie thought when she heard the song on the radio five times a week.

KarelianAlways

Maggie was on the b-side of the Every Picture Tells a Story single. The A side was a slower song (Reason to Believe). Against record company wishes Murray Saul of WMMS in Cleveland, OH flipped the sides, played it, and got such a massive response that DJs around the country did the same. Saul also did the same for a Jersey act named Bruce Springsteen and a young Englishman born David Jones who had to change his name to Bowie. Though Cleveland is a burning river rust belt relic these days, once they seriously did *rock*.

AShellfishLover

The first part is pretty obvious, isn’t it?

DaveOJ12