Lamont Dozier started writing this song before he teamed up with the Holland brothers. He had a different idea for it musically. "The story itself lent itself to a country and western feeling," he said in a Songfacts interview
. "That's the way I envisioned it, but I didn't know how to go about finding Loretta Lynn to convince her to do this song 'Come And Get These Memories.' I had her in mind when I first wrote the song, but I didn't know how to get in contact with her.
I had written it all out when I was just starting at Motown, before I got with the Hollands, so I had to change it. The way I felt it, it was a country song with twangy steel guitars and a banjo. At Motown, I had to get out a lot of songs in a short time, so I figured I'd just change the arrangement I had in my mind from country to a progressive type of R&B/jazz with a shuffle. That's how it got a jazz type of feeling with the chords, elevenths and ninths and what have you."