The song was written by lyricist Buddy Kaye and composer Ted Mossman. The success of the Chopin biopic A Song to Remember
earlier in 1945 had made the Polish composer a lucrative musical commodity and Mossman borrowed the melody from Chopin's Polonaise in A flat major.
The songwriter pulled a similar trick with "Full Moon and Empty Arms
", which was based on Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2. In that instance it tied in with the classical piece being used as a musical backdrop to to the film Brief Encounter