The first single from Toto XIV
was penned by vocalist Joseph Williams and keyboardist David Paich
. "That came from a song Joseph had written, a whole song," Paich recalled to Billboard
magazine, "and I said, 'I really love that.' And he said, 'Oh, you like the song?' I said, 'No, [just] the very little ending.'"
"There's a piano riff, and that ended up being the riff that is the engine or the heartbeat behind 'Burn' that keeps playing over and over again in that song," Paich added. "That's probably the first song we started writing [specifically] for the new album."