I Was Only Joking

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"I Was Only Joking"
Single by Rod Stewart
from the album Foot Loose & Fancy Free
B-side "Born Loose"
Released 1978
Format 7" single
Genre Soft rock
Length 4:50 (single version)
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Gary Grainger, Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart singles chronology
"Hot Legs"
"I Was Only Joking"
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?"

"I Was Only Joking" is a song written by Gary Grainger and Rod Stewart. Stewart released it as a track on his 1977 album, Foot Loose & Fancy Free.[1] When released as a single, the song performed well, becoming a top 40 hit in various countries, including #5 in the UK and #22 in the US. In the United Kingdom, "I Was Only Joking" charted as part of a double A-side with "Hot Legs".

The song's lyrics are a reflection of the singer on his love life, detailing how he had been romantically active, but never to the point where he was ready for a serious relationship. Such literary devices as an allusion to Rudolph Valentino are used to support this idea.


  1. ^ "I Was Only Joking". allmusic. Rovi. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 

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