Most of Joan Armatrading's songs are not about things that happened to her, but are based on observations. This one was inspired by a couple she encountered who were sitting at a table in a restaurant in Australia. In our interview with Armatrading
, she said: "They were having an argument that just escalated, just got louder and louder, and then in the end the guy just got up and walked out and the woman was in tears. The whole restaurant heard this, and I just wondered, What got them to the shouting stage? What caused all this? I can lay money that I'm the only one that went home and wrote a song about it. That's just because I was present, I was aware, taking it in."