The biggest American hit for The Thompson Twins, this song was written by band members Tom Bailey and Alannah Currie, with additional contributions from the third member, Joe Leeway (he does the falsetto backing vocals).
Bailey and Currie were a couple - they got married in 1991 and had two children together. They wrote the song after a heated argument that they had resolved. "We actually decided, well, this is an interesting emotional subject," Bailey said in our 2014 interview
. "What it feels like to get back together again after separation and the kind of ideas that come up and the way that emotion and physicality somehow are brought together."
The song has such permanence in part because it was triggered by a real relationship. Over the course of its 4:44 running time, the song takes us through Bailey's desperate pleas, as he's not even sure what caused the damage or what to apologize for. He is, however, eager to work through their problems and move on. In the chorus, Bailey asks Currie to hold him, stay with him and love him again.