Song Lyric Sunday: #1 – ‘You Wear It Well’

This week’s task for Song Lyric Sunday is simple, at least on the face of it: a song that reached #1 in the charts.

Well, hereby hangs a tale. A little over fifty years ago, I went on a first date with the most stunning girl I had (have) ever seen. Reader, I married her.

A few weeks after that first date, this single release by Rod Stewart started to work its way up the charts, reaching number one (his first) for a week in early September 1972. As true now as it was then…

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

I love you, I love you, I love you

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

Written by Rod Stewart and Martin Quittenton

Song Lyric Sunday 17 July 2022

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