The song's title has no question mark, probably because the question is purely rhetorical. Written by Sandy Denny, who recorded it as a demo in 1967, it was covered the following year by Judy Collins, who released it as the B-side of "Both Sides Now
." Denny joined Fairport Convention, and it was recorded for their third album Unhalfbricking
, on which it runs to 5 minutes 13 seconds. In 2007, it was voted by BBC Radio 2 listeners as their favourite folk rock track of all time.