Don Covay wrote "See Saw" in Memphis with the guitarist Steve Cropper, who was part of the house band at Stax Records, where they recorded it. That Stax band was Booker T. & the MG's, which had a hit on their own with "Green Onions
" in 1962. Atlantic Records sometimes sent their artists there to record, knowing they would get top-quality work.
Cropper and Covay also wrote "Sookie Sookie
" at these sessions. Covay included that one on his 1966 See Saw
album, and Steppenwolf released it as a single two years later.