The solo debut of former Girls' frontman Christopher Owens tells the story of his falling in love with Lysandre, a woman that he met at a festival during the band's first tour. They eventually broke up, and Owens dealt with his pain by writing this concept disc. Structured in chronological order, each song tells of a different aspect of their relationship as well as other things going on in his life at the time.
This song tells of Owens courting of Lysandre. He explained: "Lysandre was a girl working at the festival. After the festival ended there was a party for bands and crew, we all sat around drinking wine and talking, I finally asked her to sit with me-'Just when I thought it was over I said come sit on my lap, you did and you asked me why I hadn't tried to kiss you yet. And I said that I wanted to yesterday when you took me to your mother's house and we watched television on the couch, and then I bought a pack of cigarettes.' At the end of that song I talk about remembering how I felt when the flight I was on had to have an emergency landing because the airplane blew a tire on take-off."
The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."