In our 2017 interview with Colin Hay
, he said that "Maggie" is a real person, but he made up the story. "The person was this girl that I knew when I was young when I lived in Scotland," he said. "I was sitting in my house in Los Angeles about 20 years ago. I hadn't written a song for a while, and I was feeling a little guilty. I was feeling like I hadn't really been working on songs like I should have. It was a Sunday and I thought, 'Well, it's unlikely that I'm going to go to church.' So, I just thought, 'I better write a song. I'll try to write a song.'
I sat down on this chair and I had a guitar. I just thought about this girl that I knew when I was young. She came into my mind and then I just wrote down the song in about 40 minutes. And while I was writing the song, the verses, I was weeping convulsively.
So, it was just a story that came from somebody real, but the actual body of the story is fiction."