This tune influenced the drug-taking habits of a generation of British youth even though Jansch never touched them himself. He told the story behind the song to Uncut magazine January 2010: "It's inspired by a friend called Buck Polly, a folk singer and one of the people I met when I first came to London. Buck used to drive (folk singer) Alex Campbell to gigs, because what he did for a living was repair gardens - we would drive along in these jalopies. About six months after meeting Buck and Alex, I was with them one day, Buck was in a bad mood: his wife wouldn't let him see the kids or something, something to do with money. And we went up to Goodge Street, a pub there called Finch's. Buck scored from a dealer. And the next day, I'd heard he'd died."