In the same Mail on Sunday
interview, Bowie mentions that this "was written for a wonderful young girl whom I've not seen for more than 30 years. When I hear this song she's still in her 20s, of course." The "wonderful young girl" he refers to is most likely the American black soul singer Claudia Lennear for whom Mick Jagger also wrote "Brown Sugar
." A number of authorities have cited her as the inspiration for this song.