This track deals with global warming, something even the septuagenarians in Deep Purple are worried about. The group came up with the music idea when they were working in Germany, but lead singer Ian Gillan came up with the lyric when he was in Nashville, where the band was recording the Whoosh!
album. In a Songfacts interview with Gillan
, he said: "When we first started the song, I fell in love with it. The interchange between the guitar and the keyboards had kind of a capricious mood to it. It was cheeky and mischievous. One night, sitting in my little cottage by the Cumberland River across from the Grand Ole Opry, where I could hear the music, it came to me: We're in a pretty precarious situation and we're not taking it seriously enough.
So, I thought of Mother Nature as an old lady in the song, and I thought of the line, 'And she blew all the leaves off my tree,' which I thought was a nice pictorial description of the situation that potentially could happen. Then I wanted to reflect on the nonchalance of society. It's a juxtaposition of me and the nonchalance and the severity of the situation. It's just a little angle on a big issue."