Lightspeed Champion (Dev Hynes) told the Sun newspaper January 18, 2008: "Musically, it's dedicated to my mum but lyrically it would be a bit weird to dedicate it to her. Originally, I kept thinking, man, this sounds a bit like a Sade song. My mum kept listening to it over Christmas. She really likes it."
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."