According to Goldman, "Tu manques" is a very "intimate song". Composed of three chords, the song was written very quickly during a night. It deals with the absence of a loved person and the painful consequences that this situation generates. The song is autobiographical and refers to Goldman's father who was died at the time. In an interview by Nagui on RTL, the singer said that "Tu manques" would never be released as a single and never performed on stage (finally, the song was came out, but it was actually never sung live).
According to an analysis, the "rhythm is slow", the "sentences are widely spaced", "there is a wide interval between two verses". "The singer's voice is special : it has a very low voice that shakes a lot, a mixture of sadness and emotion, which reinforces this tragical aspect". The various noises that can be heard in the musical introduction would represent the vacuum and the uncertainty as a result of the absence of the loved person. In a 2004 book entitled Chansons pour les yeux (a reference to Goldman's album Chansons pour les pieds), Cosey, a comic book author, gives his own interpretation of the song.
The album is also available on Goldman's compilation album Pluriel 90/96.