In a Songfacts interview with Ian McCulloch
, the Echo frontman said: "That whole song, for me, was a David Bowie moment. I felt like I'd written 'Starman
' or something. Not just because of the astral thing, but because it just had something of Bowie."
Added McCulloch: "I've realized after singing it that I was singing it to some kind of god. We're supposed to believe and yet we're still looking for this heaven. Hence, the astronaut helmet on the cover of the album. Instead of the unknown soldier, the unknown astronaut."