The song is a reworking of "I Wonder," which Young had been carrying in his back pocket since his early days with the Squires. "I Wonder" was later reworked into a tune called "Don't Pity Me Babe," a demo of which was captured from recordings Young made in his early bid to be picked up by Elektra.
The lyrics in this final incarnation of that old song were taken straight out of the stuff happening in Young's life at that time, though. He and actress Carrie Snodgress had broken up not too long before, but they were still in touch and talked occasionally on the phone. Snodgress would get so emotional that she'd start crying, and Young would never be able to take it and would hang up. "Crying is a big thing for Mr. Young," Snodgress said.
So, despite having origins from long before Young met the actress, this song can be added to "A Man Needs A Maid
," "Motion Pictures
," "Already One," and possibly "Danger Bird" on the list of Young songs involving Snondgress.