This Graham Nash composition was recorded at Abbey Road Studios on April 4, 1963 as the B-side for the Hollies' first UK hit single, "(Ain't That) Just Like Me." It was later included on the Canadian version of Stay with the Hollies.
This was the first song Graham Nash ever wrote. He recalled penning it with Allan Clarke, during a 2016 interview with Mojo. "Sitting on a park bench opposite Regent Road Baths in Salford with our guitars - we were on our way to some pub gig - and we decided we should write something. We realised when you put out a single there's always a B-side that makes as much money as the A-side."
"Abracadabra" was inspired by Diana Ross and The Supremes. Steve Miller first met the girl group when they performed together on NBC's Hullabaloo in 1966, and he wrote the lyrics after spotting Diana Ross skiing in the mountains years later.