You Wear It Well

Album: Never a Dull Moment (1972)
Charted: 1 13
  • I had nothing to do on this hot afternoon
    But to settle down and write you a line
    I've been meaning to phone you but from Minnesota
    Hell it's been a very long time
    You wear it well
    A little old fashioned but that's all right

    Well I suppose you're thinking I bet he's sinking
    Or he wouldn't get in touch with me
    Oh I ain't begging or losing my head
    I sure do want you to know that you wear it well
    There ain't a lady in the land so fine

    Remember them basement parties, your brother's karate
    The all day rock and roll shows
    Them homesick blues and radical views
    Haven't left a mark on you, you wear it well
    A little out of time but I don't mind

    But I ain't forgetting that you were once mine
    But I blew it without even tryin'
    Now I'm eatin' my heart out
    Tryin' to get a letter through

    Since you've been gone it's hard to carry on
    I'm gonna write about the birthday gown that I bought in town
    When you sat down and cried on the stairs
    You knew it did not cost the earth, but for what it's worth
    You made me feel a millionaire and you wear it well
    Madame Onassis got nothing on you

    Anyway, my coffee's cold and I'm getting told
    That I gotta get back to work
    So when the sun goes low and you're home all alone
    Think of me and try not to laugh and I wear it well
    I don't object if you call collect
    'Cause I ain't forgetting that you were once mine
    But I blew it without even tryin'
    Now I'm eatin' my heart out tryin' to get back to you

    After all the years I hope it's the same address
    Since you've been gone it's hard to carry on Writer/s: ROD STEWART, MARTIN QUITTENTON
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 5

  • Melinda from AustraliaWhy is it that Rod Stewart’s songs from this early period always seemed to be written to the heart of every girl who loved his songs.
    It has always been, for me, like the song is written about me. Or one of my friends
    I think that is why his songs were so successful. His lyrics were down to earth chats. The way any guy talks to or discusses a girlfriend. Real. Not lofty. Or ridiculous.
    Just plain chat and conversation. And typical comments.
    I wonder if this song is about his kinda first English girlfriend. Dee Harrington. Rod Stewart was often away for long periods touring when he was dating her.
    Unlike all his later girlfriends, she wasn’t very pretty, especially when she smiled.
    But she had Rod Stewart’s chief obsessions. Very tall with very long legs.
    He dumped her for the very famous Britt Ekland. Who had recently ended her marriage to Peter Sellers.
    Rod Stewart doesn’t rate himself as a good songwriter. He actually hates writing lyrics.
    But the fact is... he has a rare skill for it.
    And the stories within the songs.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 20th 1972, "You Wear It Well" by Rod Stewart entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #87; and on October 8th, 1972 it peaked at #13 {for 2 weeks} and spent 10 weeks on the Top 100...
    On September 2nd, 1972 it reached #1 {for 1 week} on the United Kingdom's Singles chart and it reached #2 in Ireland...
    Roderick David Stewart will celebrate his 70th birthday in five months on January 10th, 2015 {and on a personal note; I will also be turning 70 year old five days later on January 15th, 2015}...
    'After all the years I hope it's the same address'.
  • Mark from Jefferson City, MoThis is before he turned into a Barry Manilow wannabe.
  • Jim from Long Beach, CaMyla, Well said!! This on the Rod Stewart that I know and love. The folksy blue-eyed soul stuff, which he is known for, is Rod at his best!!
  • Myla from San Diego, CaOne of my favorite Rod Stewart songs. He should go back to doing these types of folksy "blue-eyed soul" songs. His scratchy , but soulful voice lends itself to these type of songs. No remakes please!
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