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Motown hit makers Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland (Holland-Dozier-Holland) wrote this song. It was the last hit song they wrote for the Isleys, as other Motown artists demanded their attention.

Lamont Dozier explained in a 1976 interview with Blues & Soul magazine how he came up with these tales of woe: "I've often broken up with a girlfriend for a week just to be able to get that real feeling of hurt so that I can write what I write from experience! I should add that I always make sure we patch up again after the week's over. But I'm constantly working at the piano – that's my source of release, like a tranquilizer for me."