This was based upon a recurrent dream Peter Green had in which he woke up unable to move while messages about money formed in his brain. Green recalls: "When I woke up I found I was writing this song. Next day I went out to the park and the words started coming. The Green Manalishi is the wad of notes, the devil is green and he was after me. Fear, inspiration is what it was, but it was that tribal ancient Hebrew thing I was going for. Ancient music." More recently he admitted, "It took me two years to recover from that song. When I listened to it afterwards there was so much power there... it exhausted me."
During the time he wrote this, he was struggling with LSD and schizophrenia. This is the last song he recorded with Fleetwood Mac
the guitar solo has a very haunting sound
"Now, when the day goes to sleep and the full moon looks
The night is so black that the darkness cooks
Dont you come creepin around - makin me do things I dont want to
Cant believe that you need my love so bad
Come sneakin around tryin to drive me mad
Bustin in on my dreams - making me see things I dont wanna see
Cause you're the green manalishi with the two prong crown
All my tryin is up - all your bringin is down
Just taking my love then slippin away
Leavin me here just tryin to keep from following you"
The way Jeremy Spencer describes the recording session is great. I would've loved to have been there
If you ever have some free time, watch the whole Peter Green Story. You can pretty much put him up there with Syd Barrett and Roky Erickson