Early on, Andrew Farriss wrote a lot of the lyrics, but as Michael Hutchence developed as a frontman, he took over that role completely. "In the early years he really struggled with his lyrics," Farriss said in a Songfacts interview
. "Then later on, Michael became more emotional and more passionate about his lyrics. It was not so much, 'Oh, I have to write these lyrics to write a song.' It was more like, 'I really, really, really want to say something.'"