Much of the Hold Out
album deals with how Browne is always finding ways to torpedo his love life in favor of his career. He spoke about the song in a Rolling Stone interview
: "Here I was, someone who didn't believe in love but in my own personal freedom, my own personal search - and I found myself drawn to somebody who was free. So what did I do? I immediately became the person I didn't want to be. I wanted to possess that woman. It was a complete turnaround from what I'd said the week before.
Then at the point at which I made my peace with that - saying to myself, I guess the sanest thing she could have done was to leave, to disappear without explaining - I found myself out on the street again."