The piano noodling that shows up near the end of the bridge is a snippet of "Chopsticks," a very well-known piece performed by any piano player or student. Manfred Mann recalled to TeamRock
"When we finally finished the album track I thought it had a great vibe, but the next question was how to get that into a single. The real problem was how to get from the chorus to the verse smoothly. The way we did it on the album wouldn't work. I just couldn't figure out a way to do it. And then – and this is why you need to be in a band – our drummer Chris Slade said: 'Play Chopsticks over it'. We already had that elsewhere in the song, and I told him it wouldn't work. But he kept insisting, and I kept saying no, until I suddenly realised that he wasn't hearing Chopsticks itself, just the chords, which fitted perfectly. So we recorded those as backing vocals and added that to the original. This was in the days when you had to try and lock two tape machines in tandem, so that took another two days."
Patrick - Tallapoosa, GA