Melanie wrote the lyric in a fit of inspiration and turned it in soon after she got the assignment. Bad move. Executives thought that because she did it so quickly, it wasn't properly crafted, so they sent her back to rework it. Melanie wrote other sets of lyrics that were rejected, then re-submitted her first draft, which this time was approved - the executives had no idea they were accepting the same lyrics they'd previously rejected.
"I think the world of people that don't do any creative work like to see the artist take a lot of time and articulate things about it so they know they worked for the money," Melanie told Songfacts
. "If anybody wanted anything ever after that, I would make sure I took a good week and a half before I gave them anything."