The two children grew up in the same neighborhood and as they reached puberty, Cocker's feelings for Deborah began to change.
In an interview with Liz Kershaw on BBC 6 music, he explained, "I fancied her for ages and then she became a woman and her breasts began to sprout, so then all the boys fancied her - I didn't have a 'cat in hell's chance' but then I did used to sometimes hang around outside her house and stuff like that. The only bit that isn't true in the woodchip wallpaper."
Clearly, Jarvis Cocker always remembered Deborah, his childhood friend. In the song, he wonders what would happen if they met up in the year 2000. How much would they have changed?
It is believed that the fountain referred to as the meeting place in the year 2000, was Goodwin fountain, which was located in Fargate, a pedestrian shopping area in Cocker's home town, Sheffield. The fountain was actually demolished before 2000.
The song's riff is said to have been inspired by Laura Branigan's 1980 hit, Gloria.
Deborah Bone, did indeed marry and have children as the song claims. She became a mental health professional and was was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list, 2015, for developing the Brainbox Device, which helps young people cope with stress and anxiety.
Deborah was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer in January 2013. Sadly she died in December 2014. She was 51.
Jarvis Cocker is said to have sung Disco 2000 for Deborah at her 50th birthday party.
Prior to her death, Deborah said: "Born in Sheffield, my claim to fame is growing up and sleeping with Jarvis Cocker. Well someone had to do it and it was all perfectly innocent! I have been told and like to believe that I am the Deborah in the hit, Disco 2000 but we never did to get to meet up by the fountain down the road.
Due to it's millennial theme, Pulp removed the song's synchronisation license, which banned the song from being used in TV and radio trailers throughout 1999 and 2000.
Disco 2000 reached no. 7 in the UK singles chart. It featured in an episode of the 2006 - 2007, BBC TV series, Life On Mars.