This 5-minute song was not originally intended to be a single. Peter comments in 1000 UK #1 Hits
by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh: "I wanted to write a long, extended piece because I was working in Folk clubs and universities, and Al Stewart had something that was half an hour long and Bob Dylan's 'Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands
' took a whole side of an album. 'Where Do You Go To My Lovely' was my first attempt at writing something longer than my normal 3 minutes. It was amazingly easy to write, but I knew what I wanted to say. I wanted to say something about this particular person, although it wasn't about anyone specific."
Initially, his record company were not interested in releasing this as a single: Peter Sarstedt comments in the same publication "They said it has no drums, it is too long and there are only 3 instruments." The label relented and the song topped the UK charts for 6 weeks.