The spoken intro on this track (removed on the edits sent to pop radio) sets up the storyline in clear detail. After Western Union shows up with a telegram for Mel, we hear this exchange:
Mel: Hey Tim, this is from Barbara.
Tim: Oh, what is she talking about?
Mel: She says she still loves me, she can't do without me. And she'll be here tomorrow.
Tim: I thought you had settled all of that, man.
Mel: Hey man, you see, you just don't understand. I never stopped loving her, I just wasn't ready to accept the love she was willing to give. But if she still loves me, there's nothing in the world that can keep us from making it this time.
Setting up a song with a spoken introduction was popularized by Isaac Hayes, who did it on his version of "By the Time I Get to Phoenix
." Hayes was a writer, musician and artist for Stax, which was Mel & Tim's label.