Mandolin Wind

Album: Every Picture Tells a Story (1971)

Songfacts®:

  • Rod Stewart composed and sang this ballad, which was sung from the point of view of an aging farmer husband. The song is a tribute to his loyal wife who stays by his side during a horrendous winter on the farm.
  • Ray Jackson of the British folk/rock group Lindisfarne played the mandolin on this track. Stewart forgot Jackson's name and referred to him as "the mandolin player in Lindisfarne" on the sleeve credits.
  • This was the only track on Every Picture Tells a Story, that Stewart composed by himself. He also penned the title track with Ronnie Wood.

Comments: 3

  • Robert from Gurgaon, IndiaThanks for the history about the theme for Rod Stewart's Mandolin Wind but what is a "Mandolin Wind"?
  • Frobert from Santa Cruz, Ca"Failed relationship though the love remains". Boy howdy I got a few of these! Thats the stuff is made of. Wouldn't trade it.
  • Heather from Los Angeles, CaThis is a beautiful song. I had no idea that it was not a story about Stewart's own experience. I had thought it was about the same girl he sings about in "You wear it well". I guess it's because in "you wear it well" he mentions that the girl lives in Minnesota and Mandolin Wind is about struggling through a bitterly cold winter. Also both songs revolve around regret regarding a relationship. The love seems in the present tense in Mandolin Wind but by You Wear it well the relationship has failed although the love remains. Guess I got that wrong!
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