The song was an answer record to the Silhouettes' #1 hit "Get A Job
." When he heard it, Robinson wrote "Got a Job" with the idea that songwriting would be his job.
Answer records are records which are replies to hits. Famous examples include:
Kitty Wells' "It Wasn't God who Made Honky Tonk Angels," replying to Hank Thompson's "The Wild Side of Life."
Jody Miller's "Queen of the House," replying to Roger Miller's "King Of The Road
Thelma Carpenter's "Yes I'm Lonesome Tonight," replying to Elvis Presley's "Are You Lonesome Tonight
The Temptations' "My Girl
," replying to Mary Wells' "My Guy
." (both songs also written by Smokey Robinson)
Carla Thomas' "I'll Bring it Home To You," replying to Sam Cooke's "Bring It On Home To Me
And uniquely Fergal Sharkey's "You Little Thief," replying to his own "A Good Heart
." ("You Little Thief" was written by Benmont Tench about his relationship with Maria McKee who had written "A Good Heart," based on Tench.)