This is one of several Hall & Oates songs that Daryl Hall's longtime girlfriend Sara Allen had a hand in writing - she's credited on the track along with the duo. According to Hall, his original lyric had some additional words in the chorus after "she's a maneater." Allen convinced him to end the line there, which Hall says made the song come together.
When we spoke with Hall in 2015
, he explained that despite their romantic interest, writing songs with Allen was never a problem. "She was really good at jumping into my thoughts and helping me to sort of coalesce them," he said.