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John Lennon

Maggie Mae

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  • 1969
  • 1970
  • 1971
  • 2009
  • 2003

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For the musical inspired by the song, see Maggie May (musical) :For the Rod Stewart song, see Maggie May “Maggie May” (or Maggie Mae) is a traditional Liverpool folk song (Roud #1757) about a prostitute who robbed a sailor. It has been the informal anthem of the city of Liverpool for about 180 years. John Manifold, in his Penguin Australian Song Book, described the song as “A foc’sle song of Liverpool origin apparently, but immensely popular among seamen all over the world...“ Stan Hugill in his Shanties from the Seven Seas writes of an early reference to the song in the diary of Charles Picknell, a sailor on the convict ship Kains that sailed to Van Diemen’s Land in 1830. In 1964, the composer and lyricist Lionel Bart (the creator of the musical Oliver), used the song and... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Oh, dirty maggie mae ... And she'll never walk down lime street any more ... Oh, the judge he guilty found her

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