An article of Details (February 1994) explained that “Linger is written about Dolores first boyfriend, a seventeen-year-old soldier who wrote her love-sick letters from Lebanon after they broke up“
It was also the first song Dolores ever wrote: “It was such a stupid girl fantasy, a good-lookin’ guy with a gun, you know. I brought home this photo of him in his uniform and I was like, ‘Look, Dad, how handsome he is!’ My father looked at it and said, ‘Never marry a soldier’, and walked away. That was it. But he was right!”
In an interview given to Hot Press in January 1994 Dolores added: “That case of falling in love really was just a matter of two kisses […] The song ‘Linger’ was written about that and it’s lovely because it captures that time of innocence for me.”
In the documentary “99 Love, Life & Rock’n Roll” released on “Stars” Dolores said: “I wrote Linger about my first kiss”.