Asked what inspired this track during a Reddit AMA, McLachlan replied: "The idea behind that song was the desire to separate myself from my parents. And become my own person. And let go of the demands and expectations that they placed on me, and it's all about becoming your own person and not being held back."
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.