In Neville Judd's authorized biography
, it is pointed out that Al's mother did not agree entirely with the bleak picture he painted of his boyhood, for example:
"Hard times written in my mother's looks, with her widow's pension and her ration books."
Alastair Ian Stewart was born September 5, 1945 in Glasgow; his father was killed in March 1945 shortly before his 25th birthday, but in spite of this tragedy, the widow Stewart was left well provided for, and ration books were universal after the end of the Second World War. Al's pregnant mother - who was English - went to live with her father-in-law at Greenock, and later moved back to England. She did though say that the young Al liked The Goon Show
and Life With The Lyons
, both of which are alluded to in the song.
Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2