In the early '80s, Alex Call wrote "Jenny (867-5309)
" for Tommy Tutone and "Little Too Late
" for Pat Benatar. He told Songfacts
how he came up with "Perfect World":
"It was 1985 when I wrote that song. I had a band that was like Huey Lewis & the News by then. I had a 9-piece band, I had three horns, a couple girl singers, me and the band. People told me it was a ska sort of feel, but I was just goofing around, just trying to come up with stuff. The lyric is very unconscious, I just scatted it out and used it. Later on, I looked at it and tried to figure out what it meant. It's the thing about The Quest, what are we really looking for in life? We know that life isn't perfect, but we keep on looking for it anyway because there's something inside us maybe that is perfect. That's what it's really about for me. The inner being is pretty simple and straightforward, and the outer being is quite neurotic and screwed up, and I think that's what the song is really about. It's a hopeful song."