In I Got Thunder: Black Women Songwriters and Their Craft
, Armatrading said: "I was watching a group of men talking to each other, they were always laughing and jolly enough, grabbing at each other's shoulders and all that. All except for one guy among them. The one guy, when I looked in his eyes he was somewhere else. Something wasn't right. That's why I wrote 'Show Some Emotion.' I wanted to know what that was about, that deadness in his eyes. I wanted to know why he wasn't sharing that with his friends. And I wanted to send this message out there, too. Our emotions are our greatest gifts, why don't we show them?"