This was written by folk singer Tim Hardin, who originally recorded it in 1965 and performed it at Woodstock four years later. Hardin wrote some popular songs and was a very influential musician, but he had severe drug problems and died in December 1980 at age 39. His death came shortly after John Lennon's.
At first listen, this song can seem rather sweet, but it's anything but. The girl "lied straight-faced" while he cried, but still he can't get over her. He knows if he gives her the chance, she'll make him forget about it because he keeps looking for a reason to believe she's not that kind of person.
Stewart released this again in 1993 as a live, acoustic version for MTV Unplugged. Appearing on the album Unplugged... and Seated, this is the version that charted.
Bobby Darin recorded a version of this in 1967.
Stewart's original version was released as a single with "Reason To Believe
" as the B-side. Disc jockeys liked the flip side better and played "Maggie May" instead, which became the hit.
The 1993 Unplugged version was recorded at an MTV special with Ron Wood, who played with Stewart in The Faces. It was the first time they performed it together in 22 years. Stewart commented that his wife at the time, Rachel Hunter, was one year old when it was first released.