The song was a collaborative effort between Tom Scholz, the band's mastermind, who had recently hired lead singerBrad Delp, and one of the two songs on the first Boston LP not written by Scholz alone. Delp's singing style mixed with Scholz's musical style in this song helped their eponymous first album to sell over 17 million copies. It was one of the songs Scholz started writing in the early 1970s several years prior to the release of Boston. From early demo tapes made in his basement, some with Delp, an early version of the song written and recorded in 1973, called "Shakin'", appears from the Mother's Milk Sessions. This tape reveals that originally, the song had a different meaning. It was also featured on the popular 2004 videogame Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in its classic Rock station K-DST.