Many people wrongly assumed that this song had something to do with the Aurora Borealis, but that's not the case. Annie Haslam told Songfacts
: "The song is about leaving the Northern Lights of England... and Roy Wood behind, when I was working over in the US. Hence the lines:You know it's hard away from you
Traveling roads and passing through
It's not for money and it's not for fame
I just can't explain
Sometimes it's lonely
Wood, who was a member of Electric Light Orchestra, was engaged to Haslam for a time.