In a Songfacts interview with Ken Hensley
, he related the story about how he came to write the song. "Uriah Heep was on tour in the UK with an American band named Sha Na Na and we were sharing a bus, which meant we had to wait for them to finish before we could go home," Hensley said. "This was boring!"
To entertain himself, Hensley started noodling around with his acoustic guitar. "It began with a true statement," he said. "'There I was, on a July morning,' and then my imagination took over."
Hensley worked the song out over the next few days and played it for the rest of the band in their rehearsal room.
"I played it to the band on my acoustic guitar and, by the end of the day, it had become the song that so many people grew to love," Hensley said. "That was magic!"