Paul Weller closes his True Meanings album with this folk song, which features lyrics by Erland Cooper of British progressive rock band Erland & the Carnival. Weller told Uncut magazine: "Although Erland Cooper wrote the words, it struck a chord about the cycle of life; what you've inherited from your parents and pass on to your kids. That could have been me writing about myself. But it wasn't. It was someone else doing it, which I thought was really interesting."
The song is one of eight tracks on True Meanings that features a string arrangement by Northern Irish composer Hannah Peel. Weller told Uncut about their collaboration:
"I met Hannah Peel, who did most of the arrangements. I sent her aspects and she did the arrangement and I've loved it so much I asked her to do the rest. She came to the studio, we went through the songs and I outlined where I thought the strings could go and what sort of mood I was after and then left her to do the right thing. It's not about overdoing it. It's just adding a bit of sugar."
Jimi Hendrix opened for The Monkees on their 1967 tour, and it did not go well. The young, mostly female crowd shouted "Davy" when Hendrix sang the word "Lady" in "Foxy Lady" in honor of who they came to see: Monkees lead singer Davy Jones.