Fueled by love, mayhem, ego, and drug addiction

It was aimed towards George Harrison's wife, Patti Harrison. 

Clapton was attempting to entice her away from her husband, with whom he shared a close friendship.

When the song was released in 1970 on Derek And The Dominos' album Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs, it wasn't generally known, but it was evident to everyone.

The Story About Layla And Majnun, a 12th-century tale of an Arabian princess whose father marries her off.

Leaving her true love in misery that goes to madness, was the inspiration for Layla.

"I'm quite pleased with the tune. It's something to be the owner of something so powerful.

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