This slice of retro-soul was written by Michael Duke and Philip Cody
. Duke played in The Outlaws and wrote a song called "Hope You Love Me Like You Say You Do," which Huey Lewis & the News recorded in 1982. Cody wrote the lyrics for most of Neil Sedaka's '70s hits, and also wrote the words to the Carpenters hit "Solitaire
." Speaking of writing with Duke and coming up with this song, Cody told Songfacts, "We were sort of musical soul brothers - we were looking for the same kind of musical epiphanies. So we would talk and then we got together and we wrote 'Doing It All For My Baby,' which was just an afternoon's work. I was newly into living with a woman who turned out to be my wife Barbara, and feeling good about life, and that was just the recounting of a day in my life where everything that happens revolves around her."