Gaye then shelved the recording for three years before revisiting it as he began assessing the track listing for Let's Get It On. The song was remixed and edited at Motown's Hollywood-based recording studios in 1973. The song's composition and record production was inspired by the Motown Sound of the 1960s and the lyrics reflected a man's joy over the return of an old lover. The strong response from Motown executives upon hearing the song prompted the label to issue the song as the second single as a possible follow-up hit to "Let's Get It On".
The song found major success though modestly compared to "Let's Get It On", reaching #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the Hot Soul Singles chart, selling over a quarter million copies. Gaye performed the song while appearing on Soul Train in 1974. The musician performed the song in its original sound during his 1974-1975 United States tour. Midway through the 1970s, Gaye altered the song as a warm-up to "Let's Get It On" performing it in a seductiveblues-oriented style. This alteration would continue to be used until his final US tour in 1983. During a rehearsal of his Belgium concert in 1981, Gaye performed the song in its original version on piano.