Alright, fun anecdote time. Bear in mind the title to this song while you peruse this story as told in chapter 6 of Rich Podolsky's book Don Kirshner: The Man with the Golden Ear
, concerning the early romantic and professional relationship of songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin:
Atlantic producer Jerry Wexler recalls that Carole's father was not just unhappy with his prospective son-in-law, but downright vengeful. He went so far as to sabotage his daughter's early career, sending out letters to song publishers warning them not to produce the work of King and Goffin. Goffin recalls, "Her father accused me of trying to use her."
Things got so heated between the two men that, Goffin recalls, "I wound up getting in a fight with him and punched him in the mouth at his home in Rosewood [Queens]. He ran upstairs, then came down and shook my hand and said, 'If you're man enough to fight for my daughter, you're OK!'" The two men then made up, and the union of Carole king and Gerry Goffin had her father's blessings at last.
Now, could this experience have cast a shadow onto the reasoning that went into the subject of this song?