On the face of it, this is a light-hearted acoustic number about a lady performer, perhaps a singer, even a stripper. Although like many Al Stewart songs it has a particularly beautiful melody, it is anything but light-hearted, and anyone who knows a little about the man's history will realise that Lucy isn't quite what she - or rather he - appears to be.
Al Stewart was born at Glasgow in September 1945; his father having previously died in a plane crash, the babe in arms and widow Stewart went to live with Al's parental grandfather, then shortly relocated to his mother's native England where the young Al was packed off to boarding school, and in days of youthful folly played in a beat group with later BBC DJ Tony Blackburn before moving to the capital to seek fortune and fame.
Although he had his share of the breaks, including a tenure at Bunjees coffee house and a record deal with CBS, life wasn't always easy for the young troubadour; his first serious love affair ended in disaster, and he experienced all the usual insecurities of the stranger in the big city trying to find his way.
In January 1970, Melody Maker
named his second release Love Chronicles
its Folk Album Of The Year, but in spite of his obviously carving out quite a name for himself, it was not until "Year Of The Cat
" - the single and even more so the monster album - that he really shot to fame. In the wake of that success, Al relocated to California.