This was written by the team of Albert Hammond and Holly Knight, who had written a few tunes for Tina Turner, including "Ask Me How I Feel
" and "Be Tender with Me Baby." They were both pop songwriters, not R&B specialists; Hammond co-wrote the Starship hit "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
" and Knight worked on Pat Benatar's "Love Is A Battlefield
Knight had a thing for heart failure songs; she did a song with Daryl Hall called "Heart Don't Fail Me Now," and with her band Device she recorded "Hanging On A Heart Attack
." Regarding the lyrical imagery, she told Songfacts
: "Your heart gets weak, you know. Everything with matters of the heart, it hurts. It actually physically hurts and tingles when it comes to matters of love when things aren't working out the way you want."