"I will bring you gold apples and grapes made of rubies
That have shone in the eyes of a prince of the breeze
Bright cascading crystals, they dance in the sand dunes
On the beach of no footprints to harpsichord tunes
A throne of white ivory, a gown of white lace
Lies still in the magic of a timeless place"
The inspiration behind many classic Donovan songs, including the haunting, 'Legend of a Girl Child Linda', was his wife and muse Linda Lawrence.
Linda was born in 1947 and as a teenager developed a love for jazz music. When she was fifteen she met and fell in love with Rolling Stone, Brian Jones. They were soon living together and two years later Linda gave birth to their son, Julian. Their relationship proved tumultuous and eventually Jones left her for Anita Pallenberg. During this time Linda met Scottish singer Donovan and they began an off again on again relationship before marrying in 1970. They went on to have two daughters, Astrella and Oriole, and are happily married to this day. Donovan once said, "Linda's in all the songs, Sunshine Superman, Hampstead Incident, Young Girl Blues...Linda's the muse", she was also the inspiration behind one of his best loved songs, 'Catch the Wind'.
Here's a link to an interesting article written by Linda about her time with Brian Jones (also of note, Jones had had two children before he met Linda),
"A princess lay sleeping so gentle and kind
Whilst her prince took to battle with his confused mind"