This song about a man who gives in to temptation was one of Pitney's biggest hits; it was written by the team of composer Burt Bacharach and lyricist Hal David. In his biography of Bacharach, Maestro!
, Michael Brocken says it was "originally intended as a hit in the 'cowboy' vein as per 'Liberty Valance
,' but without a movie plot Hal David was required to come up with his own 'film noir.'" It is, he says, "a piece of American Gothic par excellence."