This single from Joan Armatrading
's 14th studio album is about the courage to go on living in the face of adversity. The singer was inspired by a man she once met who had AIDS.
She explained to Daniel Rachel (The Art of Noise: Conversations with Great Songwriters
): "He was telling me about his boyfriend's mother who didn't like him because she thought her son was going to die as well. But he was so kind about her, it was incredible. In the song I talk about him going to the mirror and looking at his hair and fixing himself, just his positiveness. Just watching and listening to him I could write all those words in my head, so when I got home I immediately wrote them down. Because it was so strong how he was, it allowed me to remember those words."