Rod Stewart - First Cut Is The Deepest




"The First Cut Is the Deepest" is a 1967 song written by British singer-songwriter Cat Stevens, originally released by P. P. Arnold in May 1967. Stevens's own version originally appeared on his album New Masters in December 1967.


The song has been widely recorded and has become a hit single for seven different artists: P. P. Arnold (1967), Keith Hampshire (1973), Rod Stewart (1977), Dawn Penn (1994), Papa Dee (1995)and Sheryl Crow (2003).


The lyrics describe a person wondering if and how it is possible to love again after their first love was lost. "The first cut" of the title refers to one's first love disappointment.


Stevens made a demo recording of "The First Cut Is the Deepest" in 1965, while hoping to become a songwriter. He wrote the song earlier to promote his songs to other artists, but did not record it as his own performance until early October 1967 with guitarist Big Jim Sullivan, and it did not appear until his second album, New Masters, was released in December 1967.


He sold the song for £30 to P. P. Arnold, and it became a huge hit for her. Over decades, it also became an international hit for Keith Hampshire, Rod Stewart, and Sheryl Crow. The song has won Stevens songwriting awards, including two consecutive ASCAP songwriting awards for "Songwriter of the Year" in 2005 and 2006.





Lyrics



I would have given you all of my heart

But there's someone who's torn it apart

And she's taken just all that I had

But if you want, I'll try to love again


Baby, I'll try to love again but I know


The first cut is the deepest

Baby, I know, the first cut is the deepest

When it come to being lucky, she's cursed

When it come to loving me, she's worst


I still want you by my side

Just to help me dry the tears that I've cried

And I'm sure gonna give you a try

And if you want, I'll try to love again


Baby, I'll try to love again but I know


The first cut is the deepest

Baby, I know, the first cut is the deepest

And when it come to being lucky, she's cursed

When it come to loving me, she's worst


I still want you by my side

Just to help me dry the tears that I've cried

But I'm sure gonna give you a try

'Cause if you want, I'll try to love again


Baby, I'll try to love again but I know


The first cut is the deepest

Baby, I know, the first cut is the deepest

When it come to being lucky, she's cursed

When it come to loving me, she's worst