Barry: It's a reflection about ourselves before we became famous our way of saying
we're just ordinary people.
Robin: It's more of a statement song than a story.
Barry: The lines 'Say goodbye cruel world / No pity no gain tonight / Whatever the cost
all is lost' is also a reflection on Andy... that's what he did.
Robin: Even if unintentionally.
Maurice: He was just an ordinary guy, really.
Barry: Losing a member of the family who was that close changes you spiritually. A lot of
the album results from this new insight.
Robin: It can also be seen as being about suppressed love.
Barry: Musically, the song appeals to the European listener. We're basically a European
band swinging between American R&B and English-flavoured music. A folk group and a pop
Barry: We're using the concept of 'one', which is a very important factor in ancient
mythology and storytelling: where two people unite and become one.
Robin: The music is more toward our "Main Course" R&B flavour.
Barry: Simply a love song about a man wanting to take care of a woman.
Robin: It's also a soul ballad, with the same style and spirit of 'Two Occasions' by The
Deele, which is itself after ours. We often hear our own music in other groups like this.
"It's My Neighborhood"
Robin: Basically, it's about gang wars in L.A.
Barry: About how territorial everybody is -- the 'neighborhood' could be any area.
Maurice: 'This is my space!' Like in Simple Minds' hit 'Belfast Children,' a recent #1
song in England.
Robin: People have become more society concious than ever.
Barry: Our Beatles reflection -- a three-part harmony lament.
Maurice: Our 'If I Fell'.
Robin: The harmony song of the album.
Barry: Basically a you/me relationship, a love that's gone. You can't avoid tears.
Barry: This one's all Robin and Maurice. Otherwise each song is a three-man effort.
Robin: It started off originally as a Beach Boys-influenced track, then switched toward
more of an English orientation as opposed to American.
Maurice: We like to cover our Japanese fans. 'You Win Again' did very well in Japan, and
we received many letters from there.
"Flesh And Blood"
Robin: This is a very different track, hard-edged and soulful.
Barry: Like the Stax soul sound. It's basically a love story.
Robin: A Steve Winwood reflection with rock, R&B. A hard-edgegd record with a great
uplifting, rousing chorus.
"Wish You Were Here"
Barry: A song written for Andy, unconciously, a week after he died.
Robin: It happened naturally. We didn't want anything artificial with a title like 'Andy's
Maurice: It's something that everybody can identify with. We came up with the title at a
hotel, sort of like a belated postcard 'wishing you were here.' We realized we were
writing about Andy without having thought about it.
Barry: You can find sentences here and there throughout the album that apply to Andy.
'Goodbye cruel world,' again, can mean how cruel the world can be when you're not doing
well, especially in this business. You go two years without a hit, and they can treat you
like you never had one to begin with. No one wanted to talk about Orbison for ten years
before his induction into the Hall of Fame and the Wilburys. Of course, the thing's
happened to us -- three times!
"House of Shame"
Barry: Maurice's solo on the album is a love song about sex more than anything else!
Maurice: Yeah! Notice it's the song with the least lyrics!
Robin: It's very up -- another fast song. Rock and R&B.
Maurice: We didn't finish the bridge until right before I sang it!
"Will You Let Me"
Robin: This is a great dance/club record with a very R&B base and a great emphasis on
story and lyrics.
Barry: The title speaks for itself!
"Wing And A Prayer"
Barry: This was written for 'The 1988 Summer Olympics Album, One Moment In Time,' though
it wasn't on it. But we liked it so much that we included it on this one.