With images of "disco lemonade" and "double cherry pie," this is one of the more puzzling songs of the '90s, and according to Marcy Playground songwriter/lead singer John Wozniak, the song pulls many things from many places. In a Songfacts interview with John Wozniak
, he explained: "Where did I get the 'sex and candy' part from? Well, I was dating a girl and she was going to Bryn Mawr College and it's where my dad teaches. And I was probably 17 or something like that and she was like 18. I always liked the older girls. (laughs) But we were in her dorm room, and her roommate came in and she saw us there, and she was like, 'Oh, it smells like sex and candy in here.' And I always remembered that. And that was back in the late '80s.
And then when I was writing the song and I was coming up with all these weird disco-era references that I was making up, 'platform double suede' and all that business, I was like, hey, let's just throw in that phrase that's been sticking in my head for the last 5 years or whatever. So I wrote that song in '92, '93, somewhere around there. And it didn't really come out until '97. That song had been at least in my consciousness since the late '80s. At least with the concepts behind it.
But it's just about seeing some sexy girl and then falling in love, and then asking a dumb question to yourself… well, it's not even asking a question. It's just – I don't know!! I don't know
. (laughing) I'm just gonna be straight up honest. I don't know
. I'm telling you, when I was very young I experimented with drugs, but when I was writing these songs, I wasn't high. But it sounds
like I was high."