There is a great deal of lyrical dissonance in this song, as it's a very happy tune with heart-rending lyrics:Cutting me up, deeper and deeper
Fills me with a sadness that I can't hide
In a Songfacts interview with Mike Rutherford
, he said: "It's a weird song 'Over My Shoulder.' It was a huge hit in Europe and didn't quite happen in America. It's a sort of silly song, because there're nothing much to it. It's more about the drum machine and the guitars and the sound because the words are a little sad actually. But the song doesn't feel sad. When you play it on stage everyone's very up, so it's a funny mixture.
But it's such a unique song. I'm not saying it's good or bad, it's just often solidifying. It's a sort of foolish song really, but it seems to connect with the crowd."