This track from Laura Nyro's debut album is about a black-eyed beauty who lounges all day on a sunny hillside and catches the eye of the narrator's boyfriend, Johnny. She spots the two of them together and laments, "Once, I too had someone loving me." In reality, Nyro - still a teenager when she wrote many of the songs on the album – was inexperienced in the love department. But she often found inspiration in the lives of others and shaped their experiences into songs.Alan Merrill of The Arrows
, whose aunt married Nyro's uncle, was close to the singer and believes "Lazy Susan" was inspired by his crush on Susan Shapiro, the shapely valedictorian of his high school class. He told Michele Kort, author of Soul Picnic: The Music and Passion of Laura Nyro
: "I was always talking about Susan to Laura, obsessively. Laura craved a close, loving relationship with that sort of intensity for herself. She felt that Susan just had things come to her so easily, and envied her."