The song is reported to be about a father who discovers his daughter is living in his town or neighbourhood. He wants to get in touch with her, but she refuses, being still angry he left her and her mother in the past. The father doesn't stop trying, because he has a story to tell to his daughter that will change her opinion about him and her mother. The song can also be interpreted as a 'casual' love song, but the father/daughter theme should be preferred.
The single was one of only a few of Marley's Island singles to feature a non-album B-Side, this being the song "Roots", an outtake from the Rastaman Vibration sessions. This later appeared on the compilation Rebel Music and on Exodus (Deluxe Edition). The 1981 reissue of Waiting In Vain featured a megamix called Marley Mix Up Medley instead.