This slice of funk from Tower Of Power was written by the group's keyboard player, Roger Smith, and tenor sax man Emilio Castillo
, who told Songfacts about the track:
"It starts with a mysteriously smoldering rhythm section intro, then abruptly hits the first verse with a blistering groove. The initial statement asks if you've ever wondered why life keeps passing by while you're spinning your wheels. The song continues lyrically in that vein moving towards the chorus which is an exhortation to 'step up, don't give up, step up, don't give up no matter what.' It's basically a rallying song to be strong and turn your life around."