In a blog promoting her 2009 greatest hits album, Annie Lennox explained this song: "I was deeply down... Just trying to get through one day at a time, on the point of desperation on a regular basis. There was a feeling that all the color had gone... faded to black. I know the world is painful, but you have to try to work with pain so that it doesn't destroy you. I've moved on now. The color came back again."
Bruce Springsteen wrote "Blinded By The Light," which was a #1 hit for Manfred Mann's Earth Band. The "Madman Drummers" line is a reference to Springsteen's first E-Street drummer, Vinnie "Mad dog" Lopez.