In his interview with Songfacts, the song's writer, Ken Hensley
, addressed the question about the real-life experience that inspired this song.
"It's true, I did see this young lady and she was dressed in black and her hair was blowing around in the 'mid-winter wind,'" said Hensley. "But she wasn't 'coming to me,' she was just walking up the street outside of my hotel in northwest England during a tour.
I just picked up my guitar and let my over-active imagination run with this vision and, as is often the case, let the lyric go wherever it wanted to go."