This was written by Dan Peek, who along with Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley
, was one of the three original members of America. Many of Peek's compositions show a very spiritual and searching side and "Lonely People," a call for the lonely and despairing to seek God, is one of those songs and easily his best known.
Peek left the band in 1977 to focus on his faith; after leaving America, he performed this song live, altering the lyric to leave no doubt of his intention, singing "Don't give up until you drink from the silver cup and give your heart to Jesus Christ."
Peek died in 2011 at age 60.