wrote this song after splitting from a girlfriend. Isaak missed her desperately but felt he had to keep his heartbreak secret. Isaak expanded on the matter to Addicted to Noise
: "If you were looking at my life at the time, it looked like everything was okay. That I was having a good time. But in actuality, I was missing her more than ever. I like the first lines of the song: 'I know somebody/ And they cry for you/ They lie awake at night.' Not only are you saying that this is happening, but it's kind of in a secret way. It's like a little kid's way of saying things. Most of us are as terrified of love as little kids are terrified of the world. Little kids come up to you and say, 'I know someone who loves you' or 'I know someone who likes you.' They say it like, I'm not going to really come out and say it. And for adults, it's probably the same way. They never really get beyond that fear."