The solstice comes on the day with the most (summer) or least (winter) sunlight of the year. It's a significant at various festivals and as part of different religious ceremonies. In this song, Simple Minds lead singer Jim Kerr wakes up to a solstice kiss that feels like a calling from a higher power.
The lyric was inspired by the music. "I was working with a lot of Gaelic singers and Celtic musicians," he said in a video
about the making of the Direction Of The Heart
album. "I had a melody in my head that was very much of the islands of the West Coast of Scotland, so I incorporated that into the writing."