The Doobie Brothers version of this song distinguished itself with a breakdown in the middle, where guitarist Pat Simmons, who sang lead on their hit "Black Water
," preaches the vocals ("Jesus, he's my friend...").
Tom Johnston, who is the group's lead singer, credits keyboard player Bill Payne for helping come up with the breakdown. Payne was Little Feat's pianist, but also recorded with the Doobies and many other bands. In a Songfacts interview Johnston
, he said: "I think Bill Payne was involved, because it involved a B3 Hammond, and the 'da da la da, da da la da.' We had a song that we did by Randy Newman on the very first album called 'Beehive State,' it had a similar lick, and possibly it came out of that."