In a Songfacts interview with Jack Blades
, he explained: "We had already started working on our first album, and I came up with this song. I was just thinking of the idea of how it's really great, and it's really fun, but just don't tell me you love me – let's not go there. Let's just keep it fun and happy and everything like that. I wrote the chorus first, (singing) 'Don't tell me you love me, don't tell me you love me, don't tell me, I don't want to know.' And then I wrote these verses, 'It ain't the way you move, it ain't the way that you move me,' '25 years, I'm a kid on the run,' and all that kind of stuff. And I didn't think I'd written enough lyrics, because it seemed like it was so easy, but there wasn't a lot of words. And I always thought, Man, am I shortchanging the song? Shouldn't there be more lyrics? But my producer goes, 'No, man, it's fine the way it is.' He said, 'What you've succeeded in doing is conveying the whole idea of the song in a minimum amount of words, without having to write four verses, a bunch of choruses, a bridge, and everything like that, and it totally gets what the message is in the song with what you've done.' And he says, 'Congratulations. A lot of people have a hard time doing that.'"