Magnet And Steel

Album: Not Shy (1978)
Charted: 8
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  • (Oh oh, ah)
    Now I told you so you ought to know
    (Oh) it takes some time for a feelin' to grow
    (Oh) but you're so close now I can't let you go
    (Oh) and I can't let go

    With you I'm not shy, to show the way I feel
    With you I might try, my secrets to reveal
    For you are a magnet and I am steel

    I can hope that I'll hold you for long
    (Oh) you're a woman who's lost to your song
    (Oh) but the love that I feel is so strong
    (Oh) and it can't be wrong

    With you I'm not shy, to show the way I feel
    With you I might try, my secrets to reveal
    For you are a magnet and I am steel


    With you I'm not shy, to show the way I feel
    With you I might try, my secrets to reveal
    For you are a magnet and I am steel
    For you are a magnet and I am steel
    For you are a magnet and I am steel
    For you are a magnet and I am steel
    For you are a magnet and I am steel Writer/s: Walter Lindsay Egan
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 18

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn July 1st 1978, the Texxas* World Music Festival, aka The Texxas Jam, took place at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas...
    One of the twelve acts to appear was Walter Egan; at the time his "Magnet and Steel" was at #39 on Billboard's Top 100 chart; a little over seven weeks later on August 20th, 1978 it would peak at #8 {See next post below}...
    It reached #13 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    Besides "Magnet and Steel" and "Hot Summer Night"; he had one other Top 100 record, "Only the Lucky" {#82 in 1977}...
    * That's the correct way it was spelled, Texxas, and the festival had a eleven year life span {1978 – 1988}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 10th 1978, Walter Egan performed "Magnet and Steel" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Three weeks earlier on May 21st, 1978 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #87; and on August 20th it peaked at #8 (for 1 week) and spent 22 weeks on the Top 100...
    As already stated he wrote Night's "Hot Summer Nights", which peaked at #18 (for 2 weeks) on August 26th, 1979; and a year earlier in 1978 he charted with his own original version of the song, it reached #55 on the Top 100...
    Mr. Egan will celebrate his 66th birthday next month on July 12th, 2014.
  • Brent from Denair, CaGreat song. Walter was kind of creepy-looking in this video. Kind of reminds me of "Scorpio" from the original "Dirty Harry" movie. Anyway, pretty cool Nicks and Buck helped this guy with the record. This was just after Rumors, so Fleetwood Mac was huge at the time. Great memories of this song back to the high school days.
  • Esskayess from Dallas, TxWhen I hear about toy pianos, I think of Seals & Crofts' 'Summer Breeze,' which uses it throughout.
  • Karen from Manchester, NhRe: toy piano: the song "Butterfly Kisses" by Bob Carlisle, which charted on three different Billboard charts, had a toy piano throughout.
  • Shawn from Mckeesport, Pa11/21/11 -- Another song that had a toy piano in it was Summer Breeze by Seals and Croft. Also, besides Nicks a woman by the name of Ann McLoone sang backups on this song. If you go to youtube and watch the video (from a TV program, it has a jukebox in it) the woman singing backup is Ann McLoone. She is also known as Fast Annie.
  • Jim from Franklin, TnHeard Walter Egan sing this song at a church benefit concert last night (11/19/11). Great performance and a wonderful person! Thanks for taking me back to the 70's Walter!
  • Jfv from Philadelphia, PaRegarding the comment about the toy piano, I offer this. On the song Teo Torriate (Let Us Cling Together) from Queen's 1976 A Day At The Races album, Brian May plays a plastic piano. The song was released as a single only in Japan, given it's partial lyrics sung in Japanese..
  • Ed from Rockwood, TnIf you really listen to the song, I swear you hear all three Fleetwood Mac vocalists in it, especially in the harmony...Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and even Christy McVie at times...I'm not sure yet on that though, it could still be just Lindsey and Stevie. Ann Powders, I have a double CD set in mp3 format called Soft Rock Gold from various artists dated 2006 with 30 tracks that if you like Magnet and Steel you should really enjoy the set. I found it on my search engine. Now, I only heard of one version, the one they played on the radio, and it is on this set. I also though have all the songs on separate vinyl.
  • Paul from Kennewick, WaI'm with ya Chet-this is one of those that we never tire of. Egan also did his own version of Hot Summer Nights,on the same album,which also should have succeeded to the charts. I got my first driver's licence just before it was released, so you can well imagine the kind of summer memories these two bring out .
  • Mike from Buffalo, NySometimes I really miss those 70's. It was a great rock era. Today we are left with the fond memories.

    Oh yeah-hell yeah!
  • Mike from Buffalo, Nylove this song!
  • Rick from Brainerd, MnI think that Stevie Nicks sings bacground, not as a duet (For Ann Powders)
  • Glen from Chico, CaNotice the TOY PIANO in the chorus. I don't know of any other Top 40 song that used an actual children's toy piano as part of the music.
  • Joshua from La Crosse, WiDouble entendre alert: "I am steel" can be interpreted as a metaphor for having an erection. (See also "Steely Dan", the fictitious dildo for which Donald Fagen and Walter Becker named their group.) No wonder they used this song in Boogie Nights!
  • Kevin from Reading , PaThis was a good song for 1978, when disco was in full force and dominating Top 40 radio. Electric guitars and a nice rock feel to it. Too bad the guy never followed it up with anything that got airplay.
  • Ann Powders from Fort Worth, TxI have downloaded this song from iTunes, but it isn't the version with Stevie Nicks. Can someone help me figure out what album that version is on? Thanks! Ann
  • Chet from Buffalo, NyThat song was all over Buffalo radio all summer long in 1978. Never grew tired of it!
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