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.
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!
Until December 5, 1998, a song had to be issued as a single to make the Hot 100. Aaliyah's "Try Again" was the first tune to top the chart based on airplay alone, without any sales figures being included.