Peter Murphy does not write straightforward lyrics, and rarely explains them, leaving their interpretations up to the listener. This song features a girl "luning at the Moon," and he's been looking her way for "23 summers." The girl in question could be his daughter, Hurihan, who was born in 1988.
In a 2017 Songfacts interview, Murphy offered
: "That song is an unusual, for me, account of a relationship. A friend at the time."