Paul Evans was known for his novelty hits "Seven Little Girls (Sitting In The Back Seat)
" and "Happy-Go-Lucky Me
," which he recorded in 1959 and 1960. This song was starkly different, but it caught on in the UK and at US Country radio stations, providing Evans with his first hit in nearly 20 years. He told Songfacts
: "I did a trick on the guitar, and I was writing to that trick. It's a way I play chords way up on the neck of the guitar. I couldn't write a lyric to it - my cowriter's the one that came up with the lyrics, and that was Fred Tobias. It was a death song, for sure."