According to Vallance, many of the lyrics were inspired by other songs:
"I got my first real six string" - from Foreigner's "Juke Box Hero" and the line, "I bought a beat up six-string in a second-hand store."
"Standin' on your mama's porch, you told me that you'd wait forever" - Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road
" and the line, "The screen door slams, Mary's dress waves. Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays."
"When you held my hand, I knew that it was now or never" - The Beatles "I Want To Hold Your Hand