Along with the title song for the album, Allen wrote this with Dean Pitchford
, whose hits as a songwriter include "Fame
" and "Make Me Lose Control
." "Once Before I Go" was written for Allen's longtime friend Ann Margaret whose husband was sick. It had a deeper meaning when Allen's partner Gregory Connell passed away of AIDS a year later, and Allen was not afraid to tell Dean Pitchford what happened.
Peter Allen was a mentor to Pitchford, who was also a stage actor/songwriter. Dean says that he learned how to write songs around characters from Allen, which came in handy for Pitchford's movie Footloose