Frontman Van McCann wrote this about being in America from the first time. The song title relates to the seven hour time difference between USA and back home in England.
Many of McCann's lyrics are taken from conversations and this song's chorus was derived from a long phone discussion he had after the band had played a show in Las Vegas.
And I don't think through things, I never get time Cause I don't think things through
The lyric describes how McCann goes through like at full pelt. He told Q magazine he is especially fond of the above couplet. "It's quite a good thing to say, isn't it? Probably because you don't get time to think, so you don't think through things, and you don't think through things because you never get time to think."
Carla Thomas became the first woman to achieve a Top 10 hit on the Hot 100 with a song she wrote herself when "Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)" reached the chart's top tier in 1961. Thomas was just 16-years-old when she penned it.