Written by group members Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman, Stewart explained the song's origins in a BBC Radio Wales interview: "This song I wrote with Graham Gouldman and originally it was a very bluesy song, and we actually played that to Kev and Lol, Godley and Creme, and Kevin said, 'It's interesting but I think you should speed it up a bit and make it a bit more beefy.' And then they left the band. So we never got it in the studio to try it with them, but, Graham Gouldman and I did. And it's biographical, a lot of songs are biographical, you know, I remember walking through the rain and the snow when I lived in Manchester and we didn't have a telephone. I had to go and find a phone box to ring the girl who was about to become my wife, and the, the phones were down, and it was snowing, and these, these vivid pictures are there. If you put them in a song, a lot of people identify with a similar situation."