This was Kristine W's first #1 Dance hit - she would have 15 more. It was released in 1994, 13 years after she won the Miss Washington pageant. In that time, Kristine established herself as a prime performer, headlining a stage show in Las Vegas with her group Kristine W and the Sting. She also developed her skills as a songwriter and co-wrote all the songs on her first major label album, Land of the Living
, released in 1996.
In our full interview with Kristine W
, she explained the inspiration for this song: "My stepfather had died and I really was depressed over his sudden death. He was my mentor, really, and one of my heroes. And he died of an aneurysm really suddenly. So that was really feeling his loss. That song just made me think about everything from religion to pollution to the planet. I wove a lot of things that I was feeling into that song. 'Sun rises at 9, it departs at 5 again, ain't doing overtime no more. In this world of color the brightest pictures are plugged right into your wall,' in television, you know, it just seemed like everything on the news was depressing. So when you're depressed it even seems more depressing. I felt like I was numb from the death and I was not living anymore. I was just kind of existing."