Stevens developed a relationship with actress Patti D’Arbanville and the two were a pair throughout a period of two years or so. During that time, he wrote several songs about her, including the song “Wild World.” The song has struck many critics as being protective and caring; the artist’s expression of love includes words like “I wouldn’t want to see you sad girl, don’t be a bad girl”.
The song is in the form of the singer’s words to his departing lover, inspired by the end of their romance. Stevens later recalled to Mojo: “It was one of those chord sequences that’s very common in Spanish music. I turned it around and came up with that theme–which is a recurring theme in my work–which is to do with leaving, the sadness of leaving, and the anticipation of what lies beyond.”