This sultry duet teams Tina Turner with Barry White as they sing about a night of lovemaking. Much of the song is spoken word, with Turner proffering lines like "my heart is pumping for you" and "the night is hot outside your window," while White answers with "as a mad thing starts" and "I hear people walking people talking." White was right in his element with the seductive style, but it was far more unusual for Turner.
The song was written by Holly Knight and Mike Chapman, who don't play it safe when it comes to songwriting - they're the team that wrote "Love Is A Battlefield
." So it wasn't out of character for them to pitch a spoken-word song to Turner.
In a Songfacts interview with Knight
, she explained: "When we gave her the demo we were completely talking. It was narrative on the verses because we thought that would be kind of sexy, and then she breaks into the melodies on the chorus. But she did it as a duet with Barry White, and Barry White had a very, very low voice. When he spoke it was like the floor rumbled."