"Caramel" was intended to be one of those old fashioned
songs, like "Girl From Ipanema," or what Astrud Gilberto
would sing. I used to really love that kind of music when I
was a teenager, and so it's a song about longing for something
and wishing for something you know you really shouldn't have.
Caramel is the metaphor for the thing you long for, but you
shouldn't really touch."
Music Power Network interview
by Mr. Bonzai (http://www.vega.net/bonzai.htm)
The objective of desire is a man, another one than in Headshots
and Casual Match. [Ed.]
"Caramel was a little bit of a tribute, I guess, to the Bossa Nova music from the '60s that I used to love to listen to. I used to like to hear Astrud Gilberto who sang the song The Girl From Ipanema. And so, I'd always wanted to write a song that was like that. And this is my version of that kind of song."
Suzanne Discusses Tried and TrueSuzanne Discusses Each Song on Tried and True september, 1998 http://www.suzannevega.com/about/1998/triedandtrue.htm