real Stormin' Norman Real Stormin' Norman - Home Real Stormin' Norman - Bio Real Stormin' Norman - Music Real Stormin' Norman - Photos Real Stormin' Norman - Video Real Stormin' Norman - Gigs Real Stormin' Norman - Contact Real Stormin' Norman and Suzy

Back to Song Tree
Click image to return to the Song Tree

This song was never about anybody but Suzy Dimiti Williams. It was love at first sight, but also terror; I thought she was the most beautiful, insane girl I had ever seen. It was one of our surefire show stoppers when we did our duo boogie-shake shows on Block Island, especially the part at the end where Suzy chromatically turned into a whole menagerie of farm animals. Bette Midler wanted to cover this song in 1977 and, with extraordinary loyalty to my partner and total imbecility, I asked her to let Suzy record it first on our own Big Label Record, hence forfeiting an entire career. My daughter sees it in a more positive way – "Had Bette recorded it, Dad, and you made it big, you might never have met mom and I might never have been born. Hence, for the best."

Have you seen the haunted lady, she is always moving on
In her hair a streak of silver, like a cloud crossed past the sun
Trailing glitter and patchouli, crystals jangling in the rain
In a dress of gold and velvet, like a gypsy caravan

Written circa 1971-74 Cambridge/Somerville/New Haven/Athens/Atlanta GA, for Joanna, Marie D, Ursula, LIzzie G, and all those glittering ladies who came in colors.