In his memoir Almost Famous: Journey to the Summer of Love
, songwriter Alan Lee Brackett
wrote that "Too Many Do" was about, "being stared at for being different, in my case having long hair and a beard, which some people found unacceptable. I remember driving my Porsche around Hollywood and an old lady came up to me and spit on my car."
The story sounds extreme, but "longhairs" in 1967 were considered by much of polite society to be no better than outright criminals. In many areas, being labeled a hippie could get one physically attacked or even harassed by police.