This was the first single Annie Lennox released after the 1990 breakup of Eurythmics, her duo with Dave Stewart. Unlike Stewart, Lennox is rather introverted and often questioned herself. And while Stewart was always very encouraging, she wasn't sure she could make music without him.
In November 2007, Lennox was interviewed extensively by Malcolm Bragg on The South Bank Show
. In this program she said that "Why" was a personal song related to her going solo; she wasn't sure that she could write songs by herself, or where she was going in music or in life. It took her about 10 minutes to write. "It's weird," she added, "Some songs are like that, while others are not."
"Why" showed that Lennox had the goods to go solo, something her fans already knew. It charted in a number of territories and impelled the Diva
album to #1 in the UK. The album sold particularly well in America, moving over 2 million copies.
Alexander Baron - London, England