This song was written by Denny Randell and Sandy Linzer, who were brought into the Four Seasons universe by their producer, Bob Crewe, when he was looking for a new sound for the group, who had enjoyed three years of hits but were looking to keep their music contemporary. Randell and Linzer wrote "Let's Hang On!
," which hit #3 in the US, and their next song for the group was "Working My Way Back to You."
The songs were similar in a lot of ways; Denny Randell told us
, "although the tempo was different and the song was a totally different song, it was part of that same element of staying in that horns, R&B bag sort of thing. The interesting bass lines and so on and so forth."
Lyrically, the song followed the Four Seasons tradition of upbeat songs where Frankie Valli is pleading with a girl. This one is a little extreme, with the guy admitting he cheated on her and enjoyed making her cry - bigger indiscretions than you usually find in "please take me back" songs. At least the guy here knows he'll have to work for it.