In a Songfacts interview with Graham Gouldman
, he talked about writing this song with Eric Stewart. "When we started writing that, we had some of the music and he wanted to write a song about suicide," Gouldman said. "I told him that was not a good idea and fortunately he agreed. He came up with the title 'The Things We Do For Love,' which is very up
and a great title really. What are the things we do for love? What do you do? What should we do for love?"