I'm In Control

Album: I Remember (2016)
Charted: 39

Songfacts®:

  • Popcaan guests on this track. The Jamaican dancehall star also contributed vocals to Melissa Steel's UK Top 10 single "Kisses For Breakfast" and Jamie xx's In Colour track "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)."
  • Aluna Francis sings here of requiring intellectual prowess from would-be suitors. "You have to challenge [men]: It's like, 'Beat me at chess' - that's sexy to me," the AlunaGeorge chanteuse told Billboard magazine.

    She added that as a woman, "being in control, being the boss, doesn't always have to be, 'What a bitch. She's so angry.'"
  • When Aluna Francis started writing the lyrics, it was initially a song about knowing what she wants in life. However, she realized it was missing something. "So many times I have known deep inside what I want, without the confidence to actually state it, so others with stronger voices just tell me what I'm getting and I let them," the singer explained to Fader. "I wanted to change that so I added lyrics that would give me the strength to speak and take action, not just wish; this song became a reminder to take control."
  • The video was shot on location in the Dominican Republic by director Emil Nava.
  • Despite working with Popcaan on this song, Aluna Francis doesn't feel that dancehall as a genre has influenced AlunaGeorge's music. She told Artist Direct: "He just did a verse for us, and I wouldn't say that dancehall has really affected our sound. We were just working the same way we normally do, experimenting with different things, and we just came up with that track."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Keith Reid of Procol Harum

Keith Reid of Procol HarumSongwriter Interviews

As Procol Harum's lyricist, Keith wrote the words to "A Whiter Shade Of Pale." We delve into that song and find out how you can form a band when you don't sing or play an instrument.

Ian Anderson: "The delight in making music is that you don't have a formula"

Ian Anderson: "The delight in making music is that you don't have a formula"Songwriter Interviews

Ian talks about his 3 or 4 blatant attempts to write a pop song, and also the ones he most connected with, including "Locomotive Breath."

Weird Al Yankovic

Weird Al YankovicFact or Fiction

Did Al play on a Beach Boys record? Did he have beef with George Lucas and Coolio? See if you can spot weird but true stories.

Sugarland

SugarlandSongwriter Interviews

Meet the "sassy basket" with the biggest voice in country music.

Rock Revenge Songs

Rock Revenge SongsMusic Quiz

John Lennon, Paul Simon and Lynyrd Skynyrd are some of the artists who have written revenge songs. Do you know who they wrote them about?

Corey Hart

Corey HartSongwriter Interviews

The Canadian superstar talks about his sudden rise to fame, and tells the stories behind his hits "Sunglasses At Night," "Boy In The Box" and "Never Surrender."