This was Adams' first collaboration with Thornalley, who presented the idea at the end of an unproductive songwriting session. In a Songfacts interview with Thornalley
, he said: "I had this feeling I'd missed a chance, so I was about to walk out the door and I said: 'Do you know what, I've got this one other song; let me play it to you.' Then he was like: 'I love it, play it again,' and that solidified our partnership. You know, I'm still working with him 15 years later.
He just loved it. I think it was different from the stuff he was writing at that time. It wasn't straight-ahead rock, it was a bit melancholic, and I think we made a really good record out of that."