Several of the songs on The Sweet Keeper
, including this one, are about being controlled by somebody. Tanita Tikaram
explained to Q
magazine in 1990 that it was that theme of control, which inspired the album title. She explained: "A Sweet Keeper is a keeper of good things, and it mean do myself have good things to keep. But it's double-edged thing. The Sweet Keeper is someone you can confide in but who also has control over you."