In this song Jones explains that no matter how long she waits, "it doesn't mean you'll return." In 2008 Jones split with her boyfriend Lee Alexander, who was the bassist in her backing band. Though Jones refused to confirm in an interview with Mojo magazine December 2009 that this song is about Alexander, she admitted that loneliness has proved to be a great songwriting spur. "I'm not the kind of person to write five songs a week," she said. "It's more like five songs a year. But I do know that I write best when I'm unhappy. I'm usually lonely, or at least alone a lot, when the words start coming. The material is kind of dark even though I'm not a dark person. It's certainly not happy."
Jones commented to Mojo on the hopeless longing captured in this song: "It's the most pathetic feeling in the world. It's probably how your dog feels when you go out of the door. We've all had that feeling, right?"
The lyrics for Lesley Gore's "It's My Party" were based on actual events relating to his daughter Judy's sweet 16 party. The teenager threw a tantrum and burst into tears when her mum and dad insisted that her grandparents had to be invited.