The Magic and Loss concept album sprung from tragedy in Reed's life. He had lost two close friends to cancer and struggled to understand the nature of life in death. By the end of the 2-disc album, closed out by the title song, he didn't find any answers, but he found a bit of hope. He told The Guardian: "At the end of Magic and Loss it's kinda: well, where do you go from here? And the thing was to try to explain well, there's magic in this life as well as loss. There is a balance, even if it's sometimes very, very difficult to see. Something terrible happens - makes no sense - but out of that years from then you might see something positive did emerge..."
This song is credited to both Reed and guitarist Mike Rathke, who also co-produced the album.
The Naughty by Nature hit "O.P.P." doesn't have any curse words, but many oversensitive radio stations played a "clean" version with the word "kitten" edited out, surely the first time that word was censured.