Maggie May

Words & Music:

Rod Stewart


This is transcribed in the August 2008 issue of Acoustic Guitar.  That version is in A.


D                  C                           G

Wake up, Maggie, I think I've got something to say to you.

It's late September and I really should be back at school.

  C               G             C              D

I know I keep you amused, but I feel I'm being used.

    Am                      Bm       Am

Oh, Maggie, I couldn't have tried anymore.

    A                  D            Am                   D

You lured me away from home just to save you from being alone.

    Am                  D                  G

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 your jokes, my love you didn't need to coax.

Oh, Maggie, I couldn't have tried any more.

You lured me away from home just to save you from being alone.

You stole my soul 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 lured 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 and roll band that needs a helping hand.

Oh, Maggie, I wish I'd never seen your face.

You made a 1st class fool out of me, but I'm as blind as a fool can be.

You stole my heart but I love you, anyway.


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