Some have gone further: Adam Levine, songwriter for the pop-rock band Maroon 5, wrote an entire album about his ex-girlfriend, Jane Herman.

The band's debut, Songs About Jane, catapulted the group to fame, selling some 4.6 million copies.

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Music lasts for ever." Song Wonderwall Artist Noel Gallagher (Oasis) Muse Meg Mathews NG: "The meaning of that song was taken away from me by the media, who jumped on it.

How do you tell your missus it's not about her once she's read it is?

The inspirations for some of the biggest selling and best loved songs in the world are to be revealed in a new book to be published next month celebrating the power of the musician's muse.

The Girl in the Song: The Real Stories Behind 50 Classic Pop Songs, reveals details of the wives, girlfriends, rivals, exes and even complete strangers who are behind such hit songs as Rod Stewart's "Maggie May" and Coldplay's "Moses".

I just wrote it and then somebody put together a video and went out and got some footage of me and Pattie, Paul and Linda, Ringo and Maureen...

so then everybody presumed I wrote it about Pattie, but actually, when I wrote it, I was thinking of Ray Charles." PB: "He told me, in a matter-of-fact way, that he had written it for me.They range from Billy Joel's dancefloor hit "Uptown Girl", which was rooted in Joel's romances with not one but two supermodels – Elle Macpherson and Christie Brinkley – through to reggae maestro Bob Marley's relationship with Cindy Breakspeare, a former Miss World winner, which inspired him to write 'Turn Your Lights Down Low' in her honour.Others include the Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", which was banned by the BBC after speculation it was a paean to psychedelic drug taking, when, in reality, it was inspired by a painting by a classmate of Lennon's son Julian.It's a song about an imaginary friend who's gonna come and save you from yourself." MM: "It feels amazing when someone writes a song for you.But when we got divorced, he decided to take the song back! To sing that lyric I really had to accept that that was the end of something in my life.She just inspired the song." DD: "I knew the song was fictionalised, but the song means so much to people so I don't mind playing along with it. I had a boyfriend at the time." Song Suite: Judy Blue Eyes Artist Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills and Nash) Muse Judy Collins SS: "It started out as a long narrative poem about my relationship with Judy Collins.