This song might deal with some heavy topics, but it originated from a night of drinking. Udo Dirkschneider was the group's lead singer at the time, and Stefan Kaufmann was their drummer. When Songfacts spoke with Dirkschneider in 2013
, he said: "That was just a riff in the beginning. The hook line 'balls to the wall,' the melody 'balls to the wall,' that was it. And nobody has a clue about the verse, how we sing the verse.
One night I was sitting there with Stefan Kauffman at his studio, and we said, 'Okay, what can we do?' We had a lot of drinks, and I was in a way really drunk, and then I start singing the verse in some way, and here we go. Then the words came out: 'Balls to the Wall.' Sometimes things happen."