Mark McEntee of the Divinyls wrote "Human On The Inside" with the American songwriter Shelly Peiken, who came up with the lyric. In the song, Divinyls frontwoman Christina Amphlett sings about a guy who stomped on her heart as if she didn't feel pain. She reminds him that she's human on the inside, with real blood in her veins.
Peiken was truly heartsore when she wrote the lyric. In a Songfacts interview
, she told the story: "My most successful songs were written about things that had happened. Real-life feelings, things that I didn't make up in order to get on a record. Somebody had hurt my feelings the day before and I scribbled these feelings, these hurt feelings, on a napkin. The next day when I was with Mark it went really well with the major 7s he was playing on the guitar."