This sentimental ballad, written by Ross' "Endless Love
" duet partner Lionel Richie, finds the singer expressing her grief over losing her friend and former Motown labelmate Marvin Gaye, who was shot and killed by his own father in 1984.
"[The song] actually came out of a conversation that Smokey Robinson and I had one evening about how we were missing Marvin and what he meant to us, as well as to music," Ross recalled. "Then Lionel and I got to talking about how we need to tell people that we love them while they're still alive. Lionel used all this to write that beautiful and special song."