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Unlike many of Jackson's sexually-charged songs, this one is about waiting for the right moment to consummate a relationship. It's a ballad that contrasts the Funk/Dance songs on Control. (thanks, Jezebel - Lincoln, MO)
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who were the architects behind the beats of Control, wrote this song with Jackson and her good friend Melanie Andrews. Jam remembers sitting down at the piano to compose this song: "I didn't think at the time we were sending out
any kind of significant message," he said. "For us it was more like a love song. It got interpreted as maybe more of a statement than it was intended to be. It's a very simple love song and it was just saying, 'Let's wait. I'm not going anywhere, so let's just take our time.' Lyrically, that was Janet's concept and we shaped the music to fit."
For some teachers, the meaning was about abstaining from sex and they used the song to show their students it was okay to say no - and that's fine with Jam. "Sometimes music reaches a broader meaning and it's fantastic to be associated with something like that," he said.
Jackson was through with waiting by the time her next album, Rhythm Nation 1814
, was released in 1989. The hot track "Someday Is Tonight
" was the sequel to this song.
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