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You're In My Heart (The Final Acclaim) by Rod Stewart

Album: Foot Loose And Fancy FreeReleased: 1977Charted:
  • Stewart wrote this after breaking up with Swedish actress Britt Ekland. They were married 1975-1978. Stewart said, "It wasn't totally about Britt... it could of been anybody I met in that period-and there were a lot of them." (thanks, Ant - Belleville, Canada)
  • The "Beardsley prints" is a reference to Aubrey Beardsley, a Victorian artist. It shows that the lady has very refined taste. Clearly, these art prints were not to Rod's taste, but the big breasted lady must have loved them. Quite sexual, but Rod likes flesh, not paper.
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Comments: 24

I don't understand why everyone assumes the song is about Britt Eklund. It seems to me that the "big-bosomed lady with the Dutch accent" sure may refer to her; but the next line says her "ad-libbed lines were well-rehearsed, but my heart cries out for you." So the "you" seems to be someone OTHER than the "big-bosomed lady. So is there someone in his life that pre-dated and also post-dated Eklund?Ron - Tyler, Tx
On January 8th 1978, "You're In My Heart (The Final Acclaim)" by Rod Stewart peaked at #4 {for 3 weeks} on Billboard's Hot Top 100; it had entered the chart on October 23rd, 1977 and spent 22 weeks on the Top 100...
It charted the highest in Ireland and New Zealand, were it reached #2...
Was track three on his eighth studio album, 'Foot Loose & Fancy Free', the album peaked at #2 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart, but in Australia on November 28th, 1977 it reached #1 {for 9 weeks} on Kent Music Top Albums chart...
Two other tracks from the album also made the Top 100, "Hot Legs" {at #28} and "I Was Only Joking" {#22}...
Mr. Stewart will celebrate his 69th birthday in two days on January 10th {2014}.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
In Britt Ekland's book, she mentions Rod coming in one morning and mentioning that he was up all night writing a song about her, then he sang "You're in my heart, You're in my soul." Don't know if it was fabricated, but it's in her book "True Britt".Dayna - Castro Valley, Ca
I remember being a student when this was released, and being Scottish, we all thought it was about Rod's one true love, his adopted country - Scotland. A lot of may be inferntial, but read Rod's history, his family, his great wish to "be" Scottish and accepted as such, still. And remember at that time, the Scottish football team did contain some of the finest players to ply their trade in British football.Tony - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
This is hilarious. Clearly this song is about a woman or women, not football (soccer). He is comparing his love of the woman to football, which he also loves. For a similar type of song, see Cole Porter's "You're the top" in which he compares his love to many things.Vicki - Madison, Wi
This song was written for Britt Ekland or some other "big bosomed lady with a Dutch accent". She meant more to him that his "first love", soccer. References about soccer being the reason of this song should be looked upon as for comparison reasons only of the two different types of love in Rod's life at that time. Those loves being women and soccer.Jimmysaville - Adelaide, Australia
Rod wrote the song about Britt Ekland and admitted to this in an early interview but later changed his tune saying he didn't write it about any particular woman (but certainly about women!). He has never said he wrote it about a football team! It may have been released around the time they broke up but he wrote it well before that. How some of you guys would think this love song is about a team of hairy, sweaty football players is beyond me.Allan - Melbourne, Australia
At Rod stewarts's concerts this is the song he sings while kicking out soccer balls. That you tell you something about the song. Also he has a slide show in the back drop thyat shows soccer teams playingRebekah - Pueblo, Co
Rod has been rather circumspect in interviews over the years about this song. I do recall hearing him one time saying the song was about his own aorta (the main artery from the heart), but he must have been joking about that. Concerning the current controversy, I have to side with the poster who said that only the one line ("You're Celtic United, But baby I've decided That you're the best team I've ever seen") is about football. Otherwise, the rest is about one of his girlfriends or one night stands. I do remember hearing Rod state in another interview that the song had nothing to do with Britt Ekland, which would make sense as the couple were splitting up at the time the song came out.Ted - Phoenix, Az
If this song is about football, then most of the song (except for that one line referencing football teams) makes no sense. If this is about football, what are "all those habits of yours that in the beginning were hard to accept"? The habits of a sport?? Rod then comments on "your" (football's??) fashion sense & collection of fine art. How does that make sense? The song is very clearly about a woman & he just happens to *compare* her figuratively to football teams. He is not being literal. Otherwise, that means Rod is singing that football is literally his lover. Hmmm... okay. Not to mention his description of the object of his affection (football, according to most of you) as "lace and fineness." Really? Not exactly what comes to my mind when I think of football. And just why would Rod ask "honey, what do you see in me?" if the song was about football? That makes no sense whatsoever.Karen - Melbourne, Fl
Awesome tune - I wish Rod got more credit for being a great songwriter...Johnnys Cousin Steve - Villas, Nj
it's about both's about ekland and he is comparing her to football saying that she is both Celtic and united meaning better than his 2 favorite things.because if you listen tithe rest of the words you can see that don't just focus on one part.Tiff - Oc, Ca
This song is about football, and the dream of every kid in Europe to be a pro football player. "You're Celtic, United, but baby I've decided you're the best team I've ever seen", is a reference to his two favorite clubs, Glasgow Celtic (Scottish), and Manchester United (English). Stewart is one of only two people to have a seat for life at Celtic Park. In Frank Worall's book "Celtic United" he explains his love affair with both Celtic and Man United and the meaning of the lyric. Sorry this has nothing to do with Britt Ekland - that is urban 'chic' legend.Ralph - New York, Ny
It's about his love of football and his love of blondes. Rod is old school in many ways. He never lets on about his love of ballet, does he? Mine's a pint of heavy, mate!Kenny - Clydebank, Scotland
Rod Stewart said about this song "I wrote it about Liverpool when they won the European Cup in 1977" He said that they where the best team he had seen but he loves ra hoops now and wishes he could rewrite the song.
Originally it was thought to have been about a woman but John Thomson in my work knew it was about Liverpool and because the above is in inverted commas it proves it is true
Robert Boni - Glasgow, Scotland
Rod was staying at a hotel in Toronto Canada, and as he was walking out, the chorus for the song hit him and he yelled to his manager for a cigarette package, and scribbled down the words and then headed to the studio.P - Oshawa, Canada
This song is about soccer. "You're every schoolboy's dream" - every kid dreams of being a professional athlete. "You're Celtic, United, but baby I've decided you're the best team I've ever seen". Pretty much says it right there. A beautiful love song (about his love for soccer).Jay - Atlanta, Ga
It is about his love for football. In the early sixties Stewart had a brief stint as a football player in England. Although not the best player he openly admitts it is his greatest love. He was signed by, Brentford, a pro club in England, although he never quite made the grade and saw little playing time. After being deported back to England from Spain for vagrancy he gave up his days of playing football and became a singer/songwriter.Elliot - London, England
i thought Rod wrote this a bout a maid he met in a Sydney motel roomPete - Nowra, Australia
it is about britt ekland, he mention Celtic because it is his favourite football team. and he's right, Celtic is the best team everJennifer - Glasgow, Scotland
This song was written about my sister's mother, who met Rod in Wollongong while he was touring Australia.Peter - Brisbane, Australia
I never knew Rod Stewart ever wrote a songDeana - Indianapolis, In
Stewart and Ekland were never married - they were only dating and living together.Rachel - Oxford, Oh
I heard that this was about Scottish football (Soccer) team.Erik - Davis, Ca