This was written by Zombies guitarist Rod Argent. The group had a big hit with their first single, "She's Not There
," but followed it up in the UK with "Leave Me Be," which flopped. "They put out a song called 'Leave Me Be,' which we all thought was absolutely the wrong choice, and absolutely not a hit," Argent said in his Songfacts interview
. "But the producer and all the people that were making the decisions wouldn't listen to us, and just sort of threw it out there."
The Zombies then recorded "Tell Her No," which became their second single in the US and third in the UK. In America, it did very well, but in the UK it fared worse as the band had lost some momentum by releasing "Leave Me Be."