Frontman Andrew Eldritch used the year of his birth, 1959, to represent a bygone time of innocence - but not in the sense of childlike purity. The goth rocker insists he was never that innocent. While discussing the track with Sounds magazine in 1987, he explained: "I really dispute the idea of childlike innocence. I don't recall anything but being potentially deceitful; I was always very aware of deceit. I remember at three reading books about treachery, I had the most treacherous version of Robin Hood that I've ever read! My Godfather gave me Lord Of The Rings, it was so much more interesting than Peter Rabbit."
The track is uncharacteristically stark with Eldritch's deep vocals accompanied only by a piano... kind of. He told Bravo magazine: "This one was programmed on the computer note by note without even touching a piano key."