Friday, May 6, 2011

every picture tells a story

The prolific Roderick David Stewart made the best out of the bad and just laughed it off to achieve the pinnacle of his artistic success with this sensitive and passionate blend of country, blues, folk, and rock. The acoustic beauty of the mandolins, fiddles, and pedal steel guitars provides a stirring counterpoint to the bluesy rock swagger. All of the members of his band the Faces played on the album, though uncredited at the time. His raspy voice, the excellent songs, and the top notch musicianship came together on this album like nothing else he ever did.  
'Every Picture Tells A Story'  reached number one on album charts in the UK and the US simultaneously, as well as topping album charts in Australia and Canada.

Stewart co-wrote the coming-of-age title track 'Every Picture Tells A Story' with Ronnie Wood.

Spent time feelin' inferior standing' in front of my mirror
Combed my hair in a thousand ways, but I came out lookin' just the same
Daddy said, son, you better see the world
I wouldn't blame you if you wanted to leave
But remember one thing, don't lose your head to a woman that'll spend your bread
So I got out

Paris was a place you could hide away, if you felt you didn't fit in
French police wouldn't give me no peace, they claimed I was a nasty person
Down along the left bank, minding my own
Was knocked down by a human stampede
Got arrested for inciting a peaceful riot, when all I wanted was a cup of tea
I was accused

I moved on
Down in rome I wasn't getting enough
Of the things that keep a young man alive
My body stunk, but I kept my funk at a time when I was right out of luck
Getting desperate, indeed I was looking like a tourist attraction
Oh, my dear, I better get out of here for the vatican don't give no sanction
I wasn't ready for that, no, no

I moved right out east, yeah
On the peking ferry I was feeling merry, sailing on my way back here
I fell in love with a slant-eyed lady by the light of an eastern moon
Shanghai lil never used the pill, she claimed that it just ain't natural
She took me up on deck and bit my neck
Oh, people, I was glad I found her
Oh, yeah, I was glad I found here

I firmly believed that I didn't need anyone but me
I sincerely thought I was so complete
Look how wrong you can be
The women I've known I wouldn't let tie my shoe
They wouldn't give you the time of day
But the slant-eyed lady knocked me off my feet
God, I was glad I found her

And if they had the words I could tell to you
To help you on your way down the road
I couldn't quote you no dickens, shelley or keats
'Cause it's all been said before
Make the best out of the bad, just laugh it off
You didn't have to come here anyway, so remember

Every picture tells a story don't it?
Every picture tells a story don't it?
Every picture tells a story don't it?
Every picture tells a story don't it?
Every picture tells a story don't it?
Every picture tells a story don't it?

'Mandolin Wind' was written by Stewart. Lindsay Raymond Jackson was originally credited as "the mandolin player in Lindisfarne" since Rod had forgotten his name.

"I recall the night we knelt and prayed
Noticing your face was thin and pale
I found it hard to hide my tears
I felt ashamed I felt I'd let you down"

'(I Know) I'm Losing You' was a remake of the Temptations' song written by Norman Whitfield, Eddie Holland, and Cornelius Grant.

"Can feel it in my bones
Any day you'll be up and gone"

'Every Picture Tells A Story' 
full album:

Side one
"Every Picture Tells a Story" (Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood) – 6:01
"Seems Like a Long Time" (Theodore Anderson) – 4:02
"That's All Right" (Arthur Crudup) – 3:59
"Amazing Grace" (Traditional, arranged by Stewart) – 2:03
"Tomorrow Is a Long Time" (Bob Dylan) – 3:43
Side two
"Henry" (Martin Quittenton) – 0:32
"Maggie May" (Stewart, Quittenton) – 5:16
"Mandolin Wind" (Stewart) – 5:33
"(I Know) I'm Losing You" (Norman Whitfield, Eddie Holland, Cornelius Grant) – 5:23
"Reason to Believe" (Tim Hardin) – 4:06

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