Most dance songs take place in the club or some other place of revelry, but this song is set on a city street, where a homeless woman in full makeup is singing for money. It's about a real person. In a Songfacts interview with Crystal Waters
, she told the story:
"I was in Washington, D.C. and she used to stand in front of the Mayflower Hotel on Connecticut Avenue. She was dressed all in black and a full face of makeup, singing gospel songs, and I used to walk by her like once a week. I'd be like, 'There's nothing wrong with her, she needs to go get a job.' I had a really bad attitude about her. And then the local city paper did an article on her and she said she had just lost her job in retail and she feels like if she was going to ask someone for money she could at least be presentable and look presentable.
The story changed my whole attitude about homelessness, how it could have been anybody. Last week she had a job, this week she didn't. She was just like you and me - like what I said in the song. So, that whole incident really changed my attitude about homelessness and that's what I wrote the song about."