This string-backed ballad was reportedly written by Jackson in 1983 under the title of "I Never Heard." It was co-written by former '50s teen idol Paul Anka, whose 1957 chart-topper "Diana
" was one of the biggest hits of the decade. The tale of unrequited love was intended for inclusion on Anka's duets album Walk a Fine Line
, but the pair fell out, and Jackson took the master tapes before Anka got them back. The ballad was eventually recorded in 1991 by Latin freestyle and R&B singer Safire, ("Thinking of You
"), however her version has partially different lyrics. When Anka was not contacted about the release of the Jackson single, which originally credited the Billie Jean
singer as the sole songwriter, he threatened to sue. However, the situation was quickly resolved, with the administrators of Jackson's estate acknowledging Anka's work and agreeing to give him a 50 percent publishing cut.