Wednesday, December 20, 2006

I'll Never Be Your Maggie May

While the Rod Stewart standard "Maggie May" is familiar to millions, it's Suzanne Vega's wonderfully cunning reply to that immortal song of obsession that's a better proposition. Reversing the original's narrative of a younger man's infatuation with an older woman, and telling the story from the woman's viewpoint instead, "I'll Never Be Your Maggie May" is an amazing story song, a coolly accessible number that is an undoubtedly more thought-provoking composition than the overhyped Stewart rendition. Check out Vega's terrific live performance here, which is preceded by a concise, expository explanation.


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