Story Behind The Song: Rod Stewart–You’re in my Heart


Rod Stewart: “You’re In My Heart (The Final Acclaim)” (1977)

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It seems Rod Stewart and his girlfriend du jour had conflicting ideas about the inspiration behind his 1977 hit. The following is reprinted from Tim Morse’s Classic Rock Stories:

Britt Ekland: We went out to dinner with Billy Gaff and a bunch of friends one night to St. Germaine’s, one of the poshest restaurants in Los Angeles. In the middle of the meal, Rod leaned over to me and whispered, “I’ve written a song for you”… No one took any notice as Rod softly sang the words into my ear. My eyes filled with tears. It was the loveliest song I had ever heard.

Rod Stewart: It wasn’t totally about Britt. The first verse could have been about Liz Treadwell. It could have been about anybody I met in that period–and there were a lot of them. It’s a very confused song in a way. It’s about a lot more than just women, it’s also about my love of soccer. That’s why my two favorite teams are mentioned at the end. The chorus is about Scotland. So it ends up being about three women, two football teams, and a country. And the line “You’ll be my breath should I grow old”–I think that must have been about my mum and dad.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Zack Cyphers
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 17:34:13

    This is great! It’s funny how the meaning of songs gets lost or misinterpreted in time and through peoples’ personal lenses. She’s so vain. She prob’ly thinks that song is about her…


  2. Karen
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 16:54:30

    Funny. I interpreted HIM as the vain one.


  3. Emmanuel Enriquez
    Jan 20, 2018 @ 10:12:50

    I have a different interpretation of that song no matter who that lady is or personality is, is he loves it no matter what the situation. We know that a song has a universal appeal to everyone, whether it appeals to one’s individuality or oersonal experiences. That is why I love this song!😍😍😍Thank you Rod Stewart and hopely that I would be able to watch your forthcoming concert in Saskatoon this April 2018!😃😃😃


  4. John Roberts
    May 01, 2021 @ 18:46:31

    Ah no, Rod. I remember it was about Britt at the time and is still about Britt and will always be about Britt. You pay her the ultimate compliment by comparing her to two of your beloved soccer teams, that’s why it’s about her.


  5. jesse
    May 03, 2021 @ 15:31:50

    SHE WAS SMOKIN!! I always heard the song was about her and when they met.


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