In a 1988 interview with Canada's Georgia Straight
newspaper, Adams reveals that the chorus for this song came about when he was jamming on the guitar and singing "it cuts like a knife" over and over again. Vallance started chiming in with "but it feels so right." Vallance pointed out in deciding to go with a simple "na-na-na" backing chorus, he was intentionally invoking songs like The Beatles' "Hey Jude
," Steam's "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye
," and Journey's "Lovin, Touchin, Squeezin."