Handbags and Gladrags is written by Mike d'Abo in 1967 during the time he was the lead singer of Manfred Mann.Rod Stewart recorded the song in 1969 with Mike d'Abo playing the… Read More 




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Ever seen a blind man cross the roadTrying to make the other side?Ever seen a young girl growing oldTrying to make herself a bride?So what becomes of you my loveWhen they have finally stripped you ofThe handbags and the gladragsThat your grandad had to sweat so you could buy?BabyOnce I was a young manAnd all I thought I had to do was smileYou are still a young girlAnd you bought everything in styleListenBut once you think you're in, you're out'Cause you don't mean a single thing withoutThe handbags and the gladragsThat your grandad had to sweat so you could buyOoh


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Sing a song of six-pence for your sakeAnd take a bottle full of ryeFour and twenty blackbirds in a cakeAnd bake them all in a pieThey told me you missed school todaySo what I suggest you just throw them all awayThe handbags and the gladragsThat your poor old granddad had to sweat to buyOh, woahThey told me you missed school todaySo I suggest you just throw them all awayThe handbags and the gladragsThat your poor old granddad had to sweat to buy ya, babyBye, bye
Handbags and Gladrags is written by Mike d"Abo in 1967 during the time he was the lead singer of Manfred Mann.Rod Stewart recorded the song in 1969 with Mike d"Abo playing the piano. The song was re-released in 1972, 1993 (during MTV Unplugged) and 2004 (live from Royal Albert Hall). During the performance in Royal Albert Hall, Rod jealously lashes out to the Stereophonics who gained considerably more media attention and sales with their 2001 cover than Rod had ever gotten (the song reached #4 in the UK Singels charts).

The theme of the song is the gap between generations as the song is sung from the perspective of a grandfather conveying a message to his granddaughter. He does not get her lifestyle which revolves around being a trendsetter, a material girl. He reminiscence the hard work he had put in to provide for his child, who in turn could provide for her.

Rod’s versions of the song have all slightly different arrangements and compositions, based on the setting the song is played in. Because the songs are released over a course of 35 years, you can hear Rod’s voice age with each new release of the song. This marks the song as a nice example of Rod’s career development as a great singer.