Tubes lead singer Fee Waybill wrote this with Toto guitarist Steve Lukather and with David Foster, who produced the album. Lukather and Foster - the guys who gave us "I'll Be Over You
" and "Glory Of Love
- aren't who you would expect to write a song about a one-night-stand that goes horribly wrong when the girl won't leave, but the lyric is right in Waybill's wheelhouse - he lists toward the eccentric and unexpected.
Waybill came up with the title after spending some time with Humberto Gatica, who was the engineer for the album. Humberto was a magician at the controls, so The Tubes spent a lot of time hanging out with him to learn technique. This made it hard for him to work, so in his Chilean accent he would gently dismiss the band by telling them, "Talk to you later."
When Waybill started writing the song with Foster and Lukather, that phrase wouldn't leave his head. He decided "Talk To Ya Later" should be the title, and wrote a chorus around the phrase. From there, he fleshed out the storyline in the verses.