It’s a song of two halves, Brian - in fact, it even says as much on the lyric sheet.
Part one almost feels like it could have come off the Motown production line (something that Stevie spent the ‘70s moving away from), as Stevie bemoans the ending of a relationship and confides that the pain he’s feeling is anything but ordinary. Backing vocals come courtesy of Minnie Riper ton, Mary Lee Whitney and Syreeta Wright, Stevie’s ex-wife (they married in 1970 but divorced in 1972).
Part two gives the girl her right to reply and, over a funky synthesized bassline, she (Shirley Brewer) doesn’t hold back. “You’re cryin big crocodile tears/Don’t match the ones I’ve cried for years,” is just one of many barbs thrown in Stevie’s direction. Ouch.