L.A. Reid says that his girlfriend at the time - the singer Pebbles - inspired some lyrics to this song. According to Reid, he was driving to see her when inspiration struck. He pulled over and quickly wrote the first few lines: "I can't sleep at night, I toss and turn, listening for the telephone..."
Reid says he was crazy in love with the "Mercedes Boy
" singer, and he married her in 1989. The couple got divorced in 1996.