This was the second single and title track of British rock band Roxy Music's eighth (and, to date, final) studio album.
The song features Yannick Etienne. The Haitian singer later contributed backing vocals on Roxy singer Bryan Ferry's 1985 solo album, Boys and Girls. Ferry recalled to The Mail on Sunday June 28, 2009: "I was in a studio in New York when I heard the most haunting voice coming down the corridor. It was Yanick Etienne, a singer from Haiti, who was doing a demo next door. I asked her to sing on our record, which she did in one take, and a piece of recording history was made."
UK dance act M People covered this on their 1997 album Fresco.
That's Bryan Ferry's girlfriend (and soon to be wife) Lucy Birley, formerly known as Lucy Helmore, on the Avalon album cover. She is wearing a medieval helmet with a falcon perched on her gloved hand, evoking King Arthur's last journey to the mysterious land of Avalon. The model and socialite was married to Ferry from 1982 until 2003 and they had four children together: Otis, Isaac, Tara and Merlin. She remarried in 2006 to Robin Birley, the son of Lady Annabel Goldsmith, and died on July 23, 2018 aged 58.