Much of the soundscape on this song was created by the band's guitarist, Ricky Wilson, who died of AIDS in 1985. The main lyricist was Fred Schneider.
In a 2019 Songfacts interview with B-52s vocalist Cindy Wilson
(Ricky's sister), she said of this track: "I loved Ricky's guitar, and Kate's wonderful kind of outer space vocal was really cool. And Fred has amazing lyrics - he can just conjure up and picture a landscape, and it was a really fun place to inhabit. Fred was a poet."