Yeah, it is a very catchy tune and a very simple premise. That what makes it so great! I always thought about my sister and the guy she was choosing to sleep with. This was back in the late 90s when I had this album on repeat. So, he had dated me briefly as well, and it was all really incestuous and a huge betrayal on big sister's part. Smear him across the wall! *This was played in Dallas. And my sister was standing next to me, screaming in ecstasy. (We have obviously gotten over that old chestnut.)
I was just listening to the In Orange version and Bob introduces it by saying, "this is about when I used to wear a dress and travel on the train". got me thinking that maybe this is about something deeper than we think. I always thought it was about someone trying to get out of an abusive relationship, but maybe the "him" in the song is something to do with a hidden side of a person that they don't want to show yet cannot escape?