Jerry Buckner and Gary Garcia, famous for their 1982 hit "Pac-Man Fever
," wrote this after seeing the movie E.T.
The song was written from the perspective of Elliott, the young boy who befriends the alien in the film.
In our interview with Jerry Buckner
, he said, "When that movie came out, they weren't doing the tie-ins like they do now with songs and products and all that. That's just a regular thing now, but back then they weren't doing that. The movie had just come out, and I went to see it with my wife and daughter. And, like everybody else, it really moved me. It was a great movie. It was very emotional, and it just blew me away.
Well, I had just lost this dog I had had for a long time and I was really grieving over the dog. She was a great dog. I had sat down at the piano and had written out some little chords and stuff, just to help me get through the grieving process. And I thought, 'You know what? This song might work for this idea.'"