According to her autobiography Uncovered Plus
, this Hazel O'Connor composition was inspired by "winos...broken-down men and wizened hags sitting legs astride with no knickers...oblivious of everything except their deadly brews". These were some of the less fortunate residents of an impoverished district in Coventry where she lived in her youth.
The same sentiments - with a much lighter tone - can be found in the Marie Lloyd song "It's A Bit Of A Ruin That Cromwell Knocked About A Bit
Alexander Baron - London, England