Balin wrote this with Otis Redding in mind. In his own words, Balin hung around Redding "like a puppy dog" during Redding's early career. Balin also says he was the one who took Redding's "These Arms of Mine
" to promoter Bill Graham so Graham would hire Redding for the Monterey International Pop Festival.
"I just wanted to write him a song that had this kind of groove thing I thought," Balin told Shindig
magazine in 2018. Redding never did the song, so Jefferson Airplane recorded it.