Many Hall & Oates songs were written primarily by one member of the duo, but this song was an equal collaboration. In our interview with Daryl Hall
, he explained that Oates came up with the chorus, which he wrote on acoustic guitar. Hall thought it sounded like the Cat Stevens song "Wild World
," so he went to his Wurlitzer keyboard and reworked the groove. From there, it was a matter of finding the progression and coming up with the lyrics.
"We sat down together, and the first line that came out was, 'Everybody's high on consolation,'" said Hall. "It was one of those things where the lines just flowed out, and we were banging it back and forth. To me that is the ultimate Daryl and John song, because that was so collaborative, and so much a part of both of our experiences and lives thrown together."