Barson was inspired by the chord progression in Elvis Costello's "Watching The Detectives
." He told interviewer Daniel Rachel (The Art of Noise: Conversations with Great Songwriters
): "Sometimes you hear a sound or a song that inspires you. I liked that chord progression. On 'My Girl' it's D flat minor going down to A. They had C to A minor and we changed it a semitone. I like those moody/minor key changes. I don't know if I was trying to get it exactly the same; maybe I was."