This was the third Top 40 hit for Clarence Carter, a blind musician from Alabama who sings on this track about a girl who has been hurt before and won't give him her love. Carter wrote the song with George Jackson, who wrote a song with a similar theme not long after: "One Bad Apple
," which was a hit for The Osmonds.
Carter recorded at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where Jackson was a staff songwriter. Carter says he came in with the idea for the song, but Jackson was able to finish it. According to Carter, Jackson would commute to Muscle Shoals from Memphis, taking a suitcase full of beer with him, since Muscle Shoals was in a dry county.