"Time, Love and Tenderness" was written by Diane Warren, one of the most successful songwriters of her era. She also wrote Bolton's "When I'm Back On My Feet Again
," a hit from his previous album.
According to the Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits
, when she wrote the song, she thought it would be perfect for Bolton, who loved it when she played it for him. It ended up being the last song he recorded for the album and also the title track.
Warren said of the song: "I loved the title and what the song had to say. I thought it had a very positive, healing quality."