This song was written by Mutt Lange, the superproducer who worked on some of the biggest albums of the '80s: AC/DC's Back in Black
, Def Leppard's Hysteria
, and Foreigner's 4
. Lange is also a songwriter, typically collaborating with the artists he works with, but in this case the song is all him.
Lange wrote the song in the '70s and wanted Don Henley to record it. It ended up going to Dobie Gray ("Drift Away
"), who released it in 1979 on his self-titled album. This version went unnoticed, but when Heart recorded the song for their 1990 album Brigade
, it was a huge hit, reaching #2 in the US.