A full orchestral arrangement with strings and French horns adorning a bluesy rhythm track and bass line provides the instrumentals. Music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine of allmusic notes that the song is narrated by a man who imagines a relationship with the woman he loves, is canny enough to realize that his daydreams are fiction, yet is overwhelmed by them. The lyrics capture his resignation to his fantasies. The song as a whole captures their full emotional effect on him. The first two verses establish the theme and explore the narrator’s daydreams, in which he and the object of his affections are lovers preparing to be married, to “raise a family” and build “a cozy little home / out in the country / with two children, maybe three”. In the bridge, the narrator prays that he will never lose her love to another, or he will “surely die”. By introducing this doubt, the musical bridge simultaneously connects the movement from dream to reality, completed when the final lines shift from imagery to bald statement: “But in reality / she doesn’t even know me”. For Erlewine, “the Temptations’ performance has a dream-like quality, quietly drifting through the singer’s hopes and desires. ” We must add that just as the lyrics track the movement from dream to reality, the chorus goes on to anchor the drifting melody in a robust and highly memorable rhythm.