The song was produced by Martin's regular writing partner, Michel Zitron. The Swedish vocalist recalled: "Michel and I wrote it on a writing trip to LA where we rented a house and spent time reflecting on how blessed we have been for doing what we love and with the incredible experiences we have had since things really took off musically for us."
It's all about what is important - friends, family and lovers back home," he added. "It's what really counts in life. It's the first track off the album to be released as it's really what I'm about. It means a lot to me personally."
Bruce Springsteen wrote "Blinded By The Light," which was a #1 hit for Manfred Mann's Earth Band. The "Madman Drummers" line is a reference to Springsteen's first E-Street drummer, Vinnie "Mad dog" Lopez.
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."