Adams wrote the song when he was 18 in the late 1970s. Although Adams did not release his version of the song until 1983, the song was first recorded by Ian Lloyd in 1980, on his album Third Wave Civilization. Later, the song was covered by teen band Rosetta Stone in 1982 (issued as a single in November that year, a month before Adams' version came out as a single). Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler released it on a 45 in the US in May 1983. It was featured on her smash 1983 album Faster Than the Speed of Night.
The song was re-released with a live concert recording and applied to a music video with footage of clips filmed from the "Waking Up the World Tour" .