From the Tommy liner notes by Brian Cady:
In an early song list, this song was known as "Gypsy Song."
"It was the first slightly ‘anti-drug’ song I had written. It portrayed the pusher as a prostitute, but selling souls rather than bodies. When the then Vice President of the U.S.A., Spiro Agnew, wanted a song to use as an example of Rock’s bad influence on the high drug use of young Americans, he mentioned this song. It really brought it home to me what uninformed, blinkered idiots many politicians are. Speech over."