Song Lyric Sunday — First Cut

Helen Vahdati’s theme for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday is “first.” More than a few songs popped into my head, but the one that bubbled up to the top was Cat Stevens’ “The First Cut Is The Deepest.”

This song was written by Cat Stevens and was released in December 1967 as a track on his second album, New Masters. Stevens wrote the song in 1965 and it was initially recorded by P. P. Arnold, for whom it was a huge hit. Other artists, including Keith Hampshire, Rod Stewart, Dawn Penn, Papa Dee, and Sheryl Crow also had hits with the song.

“The First Cut Is The Deepest” is about a guy who has met a girl he wants to start a relationship with. In the song, he is explaining the hurt he feels because of his first love, and how it is keeping him from diving into this potential new relationship.

Here are the lyrics to the song.

I would have given you all of my heart
but there’s someone who’s torn it apart
and she’s taking almost all that I’ve got
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
’cause when it comes to being lucky she’s cursed
when it comes to lovin’ me she’s worst
but when it comes to being loved she’s first
that’s how I know

The first cut is the deepest, baby I know
The first cut is the deepest

I still want you by my side
just to help me dry the tears that I’ve cried
cause I’m sure gonna give you a try
and if you want, I’ll try to love again
but 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

‘Cause when it comes to being lucky she’s cursed
when it comes to lovin’ me she’s worst
but when it comes to being loved she’s first
that’s how I know

The first cut is the deepest, baby I know
The first cut is the deepest

As a bonus, here’s Rod Stewart’s version.

16 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — First Cut

  1. All About Life November 25, 2018 / 3:26 am

    I absolutely adore this song but hadn’t heard this version and I like it so thanks for sharing :O) x

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Violet Lentz November 25, 2018 / 3:38 am

    I hadn’t heard this version either and look at how young and innocent Cat Stevens looks.. thanks for this.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango November 25, 2018 / 7:33 am

      Yes it is. I feel bad for the girl who will always have his first love to compete with.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Brandewulf November 25, 2018 / 7:58 am

    Great choice. Was wondering who’s version I would see in the list today.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango November 25, 2018 / 9:11 am

      Thanks. There are so many versions of this song, aren’t there?

      Like

  4. J-Dub November 25, 2018 / 9:11 am

    I just learned yesterday that Cat Stevens wrote this song. I had only ever heard the Rod Stewart version. Nice touch to post both!!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Mary B November 25, 2018 / 11:41 am

    Oh yes. This was also one of my first choice songs. Glad that you took it and ran with it. It needed to be included in today’s theme.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. leigha66 December 1, 2018 / 9:30 am

    My new fact for the day… I didn’t know Cat wrote this. Still love the Rod Stewart version!

    Liked by 1 person

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