Aretha Franklin's younger sister Carolyn, who was also a very talented singer and songwriter, wrote this song with Sonny Saunders, who was a member of the Motown group The Satintones and a prominent arranger (he worked on Jackie Wilson's "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher
"). Carolyn and Sonny were good friends, and she asked him to work on the song with her. The song wasn't written specifically for Aretha, but when they were finished, Carolyn thought it would be perfect for her sister. Aretha tells the story in the song's spoken intro: "I got a call the other day. It was my sister, Carolyn, sayin' Aretha, come by when you can, I've got somethin' I wanna say."