This song that describes the images of nightlife in New York City was written and produced by Lauper together with Swedish producers Peer Åström and Johan Bobäck. Swedish hit maker Max Martin also has a songwriting credit on the track.
Lauper also collaborated with Swedish producer Kleerup on the album. She explained to Rolling Stone magazine that she checked out the Swedish music scene because "the Swedes have this incredible melody sense."
Lauper explained to Entertainment Weekly that this song came from "from the title of the Henry Miller book Into the Night Life, which inspired Lawrence Ferlinghetti's (1958 collection of poems) A Convey Island of the Mind, which inspired me to describe the images of nightlife here in NYC."