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This was inspired by Stevens' girlfriend, actress Patti D'Arbanville. She was also an inspiration for Stevens' songs "Wild World" and "Hard-Headed Woman." D'Arbanville went on to have an affair with Mick Jagger.
Patti D'Arbanville also had a relationship with the actor Don Johnson, with whom she has a son, Jesse. D'Arbanville played Rayanne's mom on the TV show My So-Called Life. (thanks, Morgan - Eugene, OR)
A live version recorded in Tokyo is on Stevens' 2001 Boxed Set. Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, stopped making secular music in 1979, but eventually decided that he was proud of his old songs and released them in the compilation.
Stevens converted to the Islamic faith in 1978 and the singer-songwriter was faced with a dilemma as many of his older songs would be considered dissolute or disrespectful to women, the antithesis of Islamic virtue and morality. This tune, for instance, has proved tricky. He told The Sunday Times July 26, 2009: "My wife's a very possessive and jealous lady. She hates Lady D'Arbanville, so I changed it for her. I wrote a song called 'Angel of War,' based on the melody. If I sang 'Hard Headed Woman' today, I'd say that's about my wife."
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