"No event inspired the song. It's my way of trying to figure out why it's so hard for people to be good to each other. I believe the problem is conditional as opposed to being something inherent in mankind.'' - George Michael
''The 'open hand' to me represents the vast numbers of people – specifically in this country – who are actually on the poverty line or below the poverty line. And I like the idea of 'beggars and the choosers': in other words, 'the beggars and the choosers' and nothing in-between, which was really my point, because it does seem to be not that much in-between these days." - George Michael
"I've always liked the term 'God's children,' somehow as though we were that innocent, in a way, and the idea being that we ran out on God, in a sense – 'crept out the back door' - and because of that we're left to make our own decisions." - George Michael
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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