This song is about an alcoholic: "There's poison in my drinking glass, don't stop just sip it down." It's also about how his drinking affects his relationship with his girlfriend: "So in love with me like sand to wet feet." She doesn't stay with him no matter what. "The pawns will fade away, the king's at his checkmate" means that she most likely left him and he's done without her.
Carla Thomas became the first woman to achieve a Top 10 hit on the Hot 100 with a song she wrote herself when "Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)" reached the chart's top tier in 1961. Thomas was just 16-years-old when she penned it.