On November 8, 1970, Al recorded a session live at Warwick University which was eventually put out as an unofficial double CD set. Here he performed the song unaccompanied, and with a bare acoustic guitar and an uptempo beat it was far superior. In this version, his conquest had morphed from a daughter of a judge in St. Albans to one in High Wycombe. Prior to performing it he explained to his student audience that it was a song about seducing schoolgirls in London's Charing Cross Road, and that at one time this was the place to go to get seduced, although it appears that he didn't realize she was a schoolgirl at the time.
It remains to be seen how much of it is true, but in his epic song "Love Chronicles
," the title track of his second album, he alludes candidly to seeking sexual encounters in Earls Court and Swiss Cottage. Stewart moved to London in 1965, released his first single "The Elf
" the following year and signed with CBS in 1967, by which time he had already made quite a name for himself on the burgeoning folk circuit. Although he did actually live in Swiss Cottage at one point, with his good looks, charm and prodigious talent it is unlikely he had to resort to artifice in order to get laid.
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