Mik McKeogh of Funeral Suits told Songfacts the meaning behind this track. "I always loved that line in Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales: 'The distant speaking of voices I sometimes hear a moment before I sleep,'" he said. "This is a track about being awake but feeling the detachment and disorientation as if you were in a dream."
The Islands Apart album ended up being the last for this Irish group. They decided to call it quits before releasing it.
Two tears roll down Sinead O'Connor's face. toward the end of the video for "Nothing Compares 2 U." They were shed because she associated the song's lyrics of love and loss with her mother, who was killed in a car accident in 1985.