Vocalist Michael Barnes explained the song's meaning. "This is a song of self discovery in the 'truth' that you always believed about yourself due to the opinions voiced by others," he said. "Yet that 'truth' does not really speak into who you are in God."
The Four Tops' "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" was written by the Motown team of Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland. The phrase "Sugar pie, honey bunch" was something Dozier's grandfather used to say when he was a kid.
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."