This was written by the Motown songwriting team of Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier
and Brian Holland, who were known collectively as Holland-Dozier-Holland.
According to Lamont Dozier, the sacrifices he made to become a top songwriter at Motown cost him dearly in his personal life, which inspired this song. "When you have no one to share your good fortune with, it can be a very grim and lonely time," he said. "A lot of the sacrifice for this fame and fortune was made, including losing one of the loves of my life."