Jackson Browne wrote this song with Danny Kortchmar, who played guitar on his Running On Empty
and Lives In The Balance
albums. Kortchmar had the music and the "must be somebody's baby" hook. He knew Browne could do something special with the song, so he brought what he had to Jackson, who helped Kortchmar complete it. That's what I brought to him: all the guitar parts and everything else. In our 2013 interview, Kortchmar explained
"It was not typical of what Jackson writes at all, that song. But because it was for this movie he changed his general approach and came up with this fantastic song. It's a brilliant lyric. I think it's absolutely wonderful. But it's atypical of him - he wasn't sure what to make of it himself. He didn't want to put it on his album that he was making because it was atypical of what he did, but it ended up being something that got requested a lot and he ended up playing it live and taking it to his heart, as it were. And now he plays it all the time."