Squeeze guitarist Chris Difford writes their lyrics. He told us the inspiration for this one: "I was staying at my manager's house (Miles Copeland) and his mother was or is an archaeologist. She'd worked a lot in Egypt where Miles went to school, and she had pictures and matching ornaments from that part of the world, and it inspired that kind of lyric. But it changed into a very different song over the years. It reminds me of a thing in a charter bus now when I think of summer/fall, some of those lyrics. Whereas when I was playing them I had no idea what it was like being bused."
This was Squeeze's first single. Difford sang on it with Glenn Tilbrook, who is the band's other songwriter. They sang it an octave apart - Difford singing the lower register - which is something they did a lot in their early years. As they progressed, Tilbrook sang lead on most of their songs. (Read more in our interview with Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford of Squeeze. The Squeeze site is squeezeofficial.com.)
Squeeze may have been on to something with the lyrics "Dreams are made of this." Eurythmics had a huge hit a few years later with "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)."
Veronica Sheridan from San DiegoThe song "Sweet Dreams are Made of This" has more than just "dreams are made of this" as a comparison. The keyboard work is similar to and seems as though Lennox and Stewart should acknowledge the song's influence.
Zabadak from London, EnglandActually, this wasn't the band's first single: that honour went to the Packet Of Three EP, on the independent Deptford Fun City label. It was the first one for the major A&M label though.