Half Italian singer/guitarist Anna Calvi grew up being exposed to a multitude of genres of music by her music-loving father. She cites the classical composers Ravel and Debussy among her influences and her music has been described as "brooding melodramatic goth-pop." The intensely romantic nature of Calvi's songs, however, is "more abstract" than the one-dimensional eroticism of most pop, she told The Guardian: "Suzanne and I, for example, is about falling asleep, meeting someone in your dream, and never waking up. It's actually about death."
Calvi told the NME about her filmic vision, which ensures that the burgeoning drama of tracks like this one haunt long after they've stopped playing. "What usually happens is I listen to a piece of music or I watch a film," she explained, "and I feel really moved by it and it sort of compels me to create something. I feel it in my stomach and then I record it. The melody and the lyrics come out simultaneously. And, of course, after that I sculpt it, but the essence of the song is kind of there crystallised when it first appears out of me."
English musician and producer Brian Eno (he was the man twiddling the knobs on Coldplay's Viva La Vida) sung backing vocals on this track.
Calvi told The Observer that she drew on My Winnipeg, a surrealist-inflected feature film about director Guy Maddin's home town, for this song. She explained: "There's a film called My Winnipeg about a guy who really wants to leave a town but he can't because everyone keeps falling asleep. It's a really dreamlike film with surreal images of frozen horses in white snow. I had that in mind when I wrote 'Suzanne and I.'"