Stevens was just 21 when this song was released, but he had already been around the track a few times and was moving into a new phase. He was 18 when he issued his first album, which contains "I Love My Dog
" and "Matthew And Son
," both hits in his native UK. His second album didn't fare as well and he got a nasty case of tuberculosis, which sidelined him for nearly a year. It was during his recovery that he wrote songs for his next album, Mona Bone Jakon
, including "Lady D'Arbanville," which was the only hit from the set. His next album, Tea For The Tillerman
, was his breakthrough, earning him attention in America for the first time.