Nyro's powerful rendition, found on her 1968 album, Eli and the Thirteenth Confession
, suggests the singer was one of Eli's conquests and she pleads with her friend, or herself, not to make the same mistake. She begins with a quiet warning that builds into an explosion of aggressive multi-tracked harmonies and lush orchestration, as if she's screaming at her friend to listen, before settling back into repose.
Alan Merrill, founder of the UK pop group the Arrows and co-writer of "I Love Rock And Roll
," was a cousin of Laura's and tried to advise her against incorporating shifting tempos in her tunes. He told us
: "I watched Laura write all of her first songs. I'd go, 'You can't speed up like that, you'll never have a hit. You can't slow down, speed up, slow down, speed up.' And she just smiled at me, like, 'I know what I'm doing.' I said, 'Listen to the Byrds and the Beatles, they don't slow down and speed up.' A year or two later I was looking at the numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4 songs on the Billboard charts and Laura had written them all!"