You're In My Heart (The Final Acclaim)

Album: Foot Loose & Fancy Free (1977)
Charted: 3 4


  • Stewart wrote this love song when he was dating the Swedish actress Britt Ekland; they were together from 1975-1977. 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."

    This statement may have been influenced by the $12.5 million lawsuit Ekland filed against Stewart, in which her lawyers pointed out how she inspired some of Stewart's most successful music.

    Stewart and Ekland split up very publicly after he was photographed leaving a nightclub with another actress, Liz Treadwell. In his autobiography, Stewart said that Ekland thought they were going to get married, but he had no intention of settling down and in turn, was unfaithful.

    The songs Stewart wrote for the Foot Loose And Fancy Free album deal with this relationship, and are rather conflicted. On "You Got A Nerve" he is quite hostile; "I Was Only Joking" finds him dismissing his lover. "You're In My Heart," however, is the kind of song that would make a woman believe that Stewart is smitten and in it for the long haul.

    Soon after the album came out, Stewart explained to NME that in writing the songs, he was expressing his true feelings, and that it made him realize that he wanted to be free, as suggested in the album title. "The songs came first," he said. "I didn't actually think, 'Well, I'll put it in the songs and hope she hears them and knows what I mean.' But it's ironic that the album title and the songs came out as they did."
  • The "Beardsley prints" is a reference to Aubrey Beardsley, a Victorian artist. It shows that the lady Stewart is singing about has very refined taste, which points to Ekland. Stewart later admitted that she taught him a great deal about art and visual presentation. She even got him to start wearing make-up.
  • The lines, "You're Celtic, United, but baby I've decided, you're the best team I've ever seen" are a reference to two Scottish soccer teams, Dundee United and Celtic F.C. Stewart is an avid supporter of Celtic.

Comments: 34

  • Matamela from South Africa These are very profound lyrics with emotions all over them. Stewart is talking to a former lover who moved on with someone else, Stewart still love that person, he cannot resist her, he loves her so much it hurts him that she loves someone else.
    He thinks solution is to avoid being in her presence, he is trying to convince himself so. He is begging for mercy.
    One look into her eyes, his heart can't say No. She should stop calling him so that he can have peace.
  • Big Ramifications from North PerthWas googling for a Rod quote along the lines of "nothing has caused me more heartbreak than women, and following the Scotland football team." Possibly mentioned $$$ too, "cost me more money and heartbreak" kinda sentiment.

    Or maybe he never said it? Coz my search was fruitless.... This link was the closest I got, it was a high ranked search return in most of my FAILED attempts.
  • Keith from Hampton, Uk.Simply the best song Rod ever wrote!!
  • Lisa from North CarolinaI’d read somewhere, and I’m likely quite wrong, that this song was written for a woman he met at the end of his relationship with Britt Ecklund—Alana Hamilton.
    He used “Dutch” as the accent because it scanned well.
    Two years after Ecklund, he married Hamilton, and she bore him two children.
  • Leroy from Manassas, VaWhat does "The Final Acclaim" mean (and in connection to this song)?
  • Britt from BoiseI was named after britt ekland.maybe the songs about me? But i have big boobs like the other gal hes boinking.But..i gotta say beyond the ridiculous points ive read on here my fave is the guy from melbourne who basically says why would he write a ballad for hairy balled sweaty men? Of course rod does where make up. I might get tomatoes thrown at me but i think this song is a bunch of patchwork. Poorly written to describe a confusing time in his life. Its like when he matches lyrical with the word physical.( really didn't think it over much.) Miracle ,rod, miracle works as a better word to form a thought around )and with the word physical, isn't that a HUGE word that discards the idea that its about sports? Cmon people. Don't use this song to marry to You really wanna look into your lovers eyes and sing the last verse about affairs and sticking around cuz u over looked infidelities?
  • Debby from UsaThe song is not about soccer. The song is about Britt Ekland. Stewart admitted it,when questioned by an Australian journalist in an interview in 2014 but quickly changed the subject. In his autobiography he is open about ending relationships poorly which explains his anxious response in changing the subject. I think he feels a bit of guilt over cheating on her and part controlled animosity for her subsequently trying to sue him for 12 million dollars. (They settled out of court for an undisclosed amount).
  • Debby from UsaThe song was written about Britt Ekland who Rod had a live in relationship with from March of 1975 to October 1977. In her book True Britt, she wrote that in late summer 1977 she and Stewart had not been getting along. She had suspicions that he had been unfaithful. They had a particularly nasty row. Some days passed and Rod tried to reconcile Britt's hurt by announcing at the dinner table of the restaurant they were dining in that he wrote a song about her,then proceeded to sing the chorus in her ear: "You're in my heart. You're in my soul. You'll be my breath until I grow old". The album, Footloose And Fancy Free plus the song were released after the breakup. Rod's story has changed over the years. For a long time he said that the song isn't about any particular woman,then he said it was about soccer. Look at the lyrics: "The big bosomed lady with the Dutch accent" was disguised as a reference to British actress Susan George,who Rod at the time was suspected of being with.
    A British interviewer,who sat down with Rod for a BBC interview (You can view it on YouTube) where Rod agrees with the interviewer after being told that he wrote a lovely song about Britt and his response was "Yes I did" but quickly adds " Moving on..." Mystery solved.
  • Roy from ScotlandWhen he sang the song at Wembley stadium in the mid 90s he said it was about the Scotland football team, there was also a video of the Scotland team scoring goals against England playing in the back ground as he was singing the song.
  • Jon from MichiganThere seems to be some confusion that the "big bosomed lady with the Dutch accent" refers to Britt Ekland.

    The big bosemed lady with the Dutch accent
    Who tried to change my point of view
    Her ad lib lines were well rehearsed
    But my heart cried out for you

    Britt is not Dutch, she's Swedish. And by most accounts she was of small or average bust size in the 1970s. The lyrics are referring to another woman that tried to take him away from Brit ("tried to change his point of view"). But all he wanted was Britt.

    Also, the song is NOT about football/soccer. Yes, he does mention two teams in the song.

    You're Celtic, United, but baby I've decided
    You're the best team I've ever seen

    He's telling her that she's on the same level as two great football teams- not sure how flattering that would be unless the woman loved football just as much.
  • Ron from Tyler, TxI 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?
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn 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}.
  • Dayna from Castro Valley, CaIn 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".
  • Tony from Hong Kong, Hong KongI 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.
  • Vicki from Madison, WiThis 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.
  • Jimmysaville from Adelaide, AustraliaThis 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.
  • Allan from Melbourne, AustraliaRod 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.
  • Rebekah from Pueblo, CoAt 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 playing
  • Ted from Phoenix, AzRod 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.
  • Karen from Melbourne, FlIf 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.
  • Johnnys Cousin Steve from Villas, NjAwesome tune - I wish Rod got more credit for being a great songwriter...
  • Tiff from Oc, Cait'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.
  • Ralph from New York, NyThis 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.
  • Kenny from Clydebank, ScotlandIt'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!
  • Robert Boni from Glasgow, ScotlandRod 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
  • P from Oshawa, CanadaRod 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.
  • Jay from Atlanta, GaThis 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).
  • Elliot from London, EnglandIt 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.
  • Pete from Nowra, Australiai thought Rod wrote this a bout a maid he met in a Sydney motel room
  • Jennifer from Glasgow, Scotlandit is about britt ekland, he mention Celtic because it is his favourite football team. and he's right, Celtic is the best team ever
  • Peter from Brisbane, AustraliaThis song was written about my sister's mother, who met Rod in Wollongong while he was touring Australia.
  • Deana from Indianapolis, InI never knew Rod Stewart ever wrote a song
  • Rachel from Oxford, OhStewart and Ekland were never married - they were only dating and living together.
  • Erik from Davis, CaI heard that this was about Scottish football (Soccer) team.
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