Along with "Gommorah (A Nursery Rhyme)," this is one of two songs on Rodriguez' debut album, Cold Fact
, that he didn't write. It was composed by his producers, Dennis Coffey and Mike Theodore, along with a songwriter named Gary Harvey who was a friend of theirs. In a Songfacts interview with Dennis Coffey
, he recalled Rodriguez coming up with the "hanging tree" line. "It was all organic," said Coffey. "Rodriguez had that kind of darkness, and I think that particular line came from him."