I fancy myself as lachrymose and have very emotional reactions to some songs. I listened to this song again this morning as I got off the train at Victoria and it made me cry again. This is the best song ever written or recorded.
This song came out in 1968 and I love songs from the 1960s that present the antithesis of the swinging time that everyone was supposed to be having ("Paper Sun" by Traffic is another example).
I do not know anything about Ruth nor about who wrote this song but I would pay a lot of money to have an actual copy of this record.