Fred Cash told Mojo magazine
how Mayfield habitually based songs on different things he heard people say. "Didn't matter how inconsequential the conversation, he always had ideas from it and that never stop," Cash explained. "We'd be on the road, in a hotel, it would be 2 to 3 in the morning, he'll knock on the door, get me over to his room to hear this song. He'd be on the bed in his robe and start strumming the guitar.
That's when I heard 'It's Alright,' 'Keep On Pushing
,' 'People Get Ready
.' 'It's Alright,' that came from a saying of mine. I used to say that all the time, you know, 'Curtis, it's alright.'"