The Holland-Dozier-Holland team often started songs as ballads, crafting a heartbreaking story and then setting it to upbeat music. This song took a different approach, which they sometimes used: letting the music dictate the song's direction. The result is one of their few hit songs that is utterly joyful in both music and lyrics.
In a Songfacts interview with Lamont Dozier
, he explained: "The drum feeling is the shuffle and it's a 12-bar shuffle blues, basically. But, finding the chords, I remember Harvey Fuqua of the Moonglows who had came to Motown, he mentioned that song. He said, 'Man, those chords that you played were really interesting because it's the blues but not your run-of-the-mill blues. The chords you have are very intricate.' I said, 'Well, I just play what I feel.'
That's the way that particular song came out. Those chords gave me the feeling of that melody."