Morrison lost his father, Paul, in August 2010 after a longstanding battle with alcoholism. They had a difficult relationship, but this song evolved out of a poem he wrote after the last time he spoke with his dying dad. Said the singer: "He wasn't very well before he died, and we were talking about things he should have done, or things I should have done. It span me out, and I was like, I need to write about this because I'm going crazy."
"Pink Cadillac" was a B-side for Bruce Springsteen in 1984, but after Aretha Franklin sang about pink Cadillacs on "Freeway Of Love" the following year, Natalie Cole covered the song and had a hit with it in 1988.
The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."