This song about a love that is lost was written by future 10cc member Graham Gouldman. Among other '60s hits written by Gouldman were "Bus Stop
" by the Hollies and "For Your Love
" by the Yardbirds.
The lyrics were inspired by Gouldman's father. The songwriter explained to Mojo
magazine in 2011: "He'd been to visit a friend of his and noticed the milk bottle on the doorstep with the note, 'no milk today'. He came back and said to me, 'You should write a song called No Milk Today,' and I said 'What's so interesting about milk?', and he said, 'It's nothing to do with milk! There's nobody in the house, the house is empty, the love has left the house.' He helped me see it from a whole different point of view. Thanks, dad."