Rock fans were surprised to learn that this seemingly child-friendly pop concoction was co-written by prog rocker poet laureate Pete Sinfield, a founding member and lyricist with King Crimson, who also penned most of Emerson, Lake & Palmer's lyrics. He recalled in 1000 UK #1 Hits
by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh: "It is 10 times more difficult to write a three minute hit song, with a veneer of integrity, than it is to write anything for King Crimson or Emerson, Lake & Palmer. But I half succeeded, for instance, The Land Of Make Believe, beneath its 'Tra la las' is a virulent anti-Thatcher song. Oh yes it is, something nasty in your garden, waiting, till it can steal your heart."