"Lady D'Arbanville" was the first single released from Mona Bone Jakon, which took off in a completely different direction from the songs of his previous two albums.
Although Stevens' debut album had charted, and while both albums he'd recorded had successful single releases in the British pop music charts, he chafed against the "Carnaby Street musical jangle" and "heavy-handed orchestration" that his producer, Mike Hurst (of Deram Records) favoured. During this time, he spent his empty hours writing over 40 songs, and upon a clean bill of health successfully negotiated out of his Deram contract, and settled on Island Records' Paul Samwell-Smith as his new producer, who encouraged Stevens' inclinations towards an emerging folk rock genre.
The song had a unique arrangement, and melody as well.
The song had enough commercial appeal to reach No.8 on the British pop music chart, and became the first Stevens' track to get noticeable airplay in the United States.
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It was on such a foray to New York that she heard his song about her on the airwaves. She said, "I just have to be by myself for a while to do what I want to do. Look, Steven [Stevens' given name] wrote that song when I left for New York.The English band And Also The Trees also performed the song on their 1989 album Farewell To The Shade.I don't know how else to tell you this, but I hate cats. People who love cats and display their love for said cats on social media are really, really annoying.So while I was in New York, for him it was like I was lying in a coffin...he wrote that because he missed me, because he was down...
The two began dating over a period of more than a year.