The song begins with the melancholy lyrics:
Where did your long hair go
Where is the girl I used to know
Asher's contribution was:
...inspired by his former girlfriend, who had moved to New York and cut her hair: "I had recently broken up with my high school sweetheart who was a dancer and had moved to New York to make the big time on Broadway. When I went east to visit her a scant year after the move, she had changed radically. Yes, she had cut her hair. But she was a far more worldly person, not all for the worse. Anyway, her name was Carol."
For Wilson, the song was about a:
Though they didn't meet in person, Wilson grew depressed that the torch he carried for Mountain had begun to dim. "If I saw her today, I'd probably think, 'God, she's lost something,' because growing up does that to people," he explained decades later.
P. S. Those are actually Wilson's dogs, Banana and Louie, barking at the end of the song.