and Frankie Sullivan wrote this for their band Survivor, which had recently formed and signed a deal with the Scotti Brothers label, a subsidiary of Atlantic. Their A&R man was John Kalodner, who was also in charge of .38 Special.
Survivor recorded the song as part of their first album, which was released in 1979, but the band's producer, Ron Nevison, decided it wasn't right for the record since it was more bluesy and southern than the rest of the songs. Nevison had given Kalodner a rough mix of the song, and when it was deemed unsuitable for the album, he gave the song to .38 Special, who recorded it using the rough mix as a template and made it a last-minute addition to their third album.
Jim Peterik told us, "We were sitting there thinking, 'It would have been nice if it was us,' But I didn't personally begrudge .38 Special because the money was landing in my pocket."
Peterik's bandmate/co-writer Frankie Sullivan felt differently, believing the .38 Special's gain was Survivor's loss.