Yamagata explained to Rolling Stone magazine that she had some supernatural inspiration for this stripped-down song. "I was up writing at 4 a.m., and I was convinced that I heard a ghost playing the trumpet. I started tracing a line of it on the piano, and that become the intro to 'Over and Over.'"
David Bowie's "Space Oddity" tells the story of an astronaut who cuts off communication and floats into space. The BBC used it extensively in their coverage of the 1969 moon landing - an odd choice considering the lyrics.
The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."