This song finds Gary falling into a carefree, Jamaican groove. The upbeat, reggae-influenced vibe came from co-writer Pat McLaughlin, who brought over a ukulele to pen the tune. Allan told American Songwriter magazine: "My favorite songs are the deep cutting, heart wrenching songs. I learned that when I have a ukulele in my hand, it's really hard to write a song that's not bouncy and fun. So that's where that came from."
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.