Right out front, note that this song has nothing to do with Manhattan Transfer's "Twilight Zone
." One is not a cover of the other. This is the "Twilight Zone" written by Golden Earring's lead guitarist George Kooymans. He was inspired not by the famous TV series of the same name, but by the Robert Ludlum novel The Bourne Identity
, which would later be turned into a popular movie.
The song and especially the video tell the story of an espionage agent, on the run from enemy spies before being cornered. The cover of the album Cut
(from which this was the only single) shows a scene repeated in the video, of a bullet slicing through the Jack of Diamonds playing card. The card is supposed to represent the rogue agent.