Heart - Magic Man



"Magic Man" is a song by the American rock band Heart released as a single off their debut album, Dreamboat Annie. Written and composed by Ann and Nancy Wilson, the song is sung from the viewpoint of a young girl who is being seduced by an older man (referred to as a Magic Man), much to the chagrin of her mother, who calls and begs the girl to come home.


In an interview, Ann Wilson revealed that the "Magic Man" was her then boyfriend, band manager Michael Fisher, and that part of the song was an autobiographical tale of the beginnings of their relationship.


The album version of "Magic Man" features an over-two-minute instrumental break which consists of a guitar solo and usage of a Minimoog synthesizer, while the single version of the song edits out most of this break, cutting it down from 5:28 to 3:29.



"Magic Man" was originally released in Canada in June 1975 as the second single from the yet-to-be released Dreamboat Annie, the first single having been the folksy "How Deep It Goes". "Magic Man" spent 9 weeks on the RPM Singles Chart peaking at number 62 on August 16, 1975.


The success of "Magic Man" prompted the release of the album and, in March 1976, a third single, "Crazy on You". After "Crazy on You" had a chart run, "Magic Man" gained popularity in new areas of the country almost a full year later and re-entered the RPM Singles Chart on September 11, 1976 for 14 weeks peaking at number 26 on October 30, 1976.





Lyrics


Cold late night so long ago

When I was not so strong you know

A pretty man came to me

Never seen eyes so blue

You know, I could not run away

It seemed we'd seen each other in a dream

It seemed like he knew me

He looked right through me, yeah


"Come on home, girl" he said with a smile

"You don't have to love me yet

Let's get high awhile

But try to understand

Try to understand

Try try try to understand

I'm a magic man"


Winter nights we sang in tune

Played inside the months of moon

Never think of never

Let this spell last forever

Well, summer lover passed to fall

Tried to realized it all

Mama says she's a worried

Growing up in a hurry, yeah


"Come on home, girl" mama cried on the phone

"Too soon to lose my baby yet my girl should be at home!"

"But try to understand, try to understand

Try try try to understand

He's a magic man, mama, ahhh

He's a magic man"


"Come on home, girl" he said with a smile

"I cast my spell of love on you a woman from a child

But try to understand

Try to understand, oh, oh-ho

Try, try to understand

Try try try to understand

He's a magic man" aww yeah

He got the magic hands!"


Oh, oh-oh, oh, oh-oh, oh, oh-oh ...


"Come on home, girl" he said with a smile

"You don't have to love me yet

Let's get high awhile

But try to understand

Try to understand

Try try try to understand

He's a magic man." Yeah oh-oh