Carly Rae Jepsen, Ben Romans and CJ Baran are all musical theater nerds. During a writing session for Dedicated
, they got into a conversation about the possibility of re-interpreting some classic songs from musicals for contemporary audiences and came up with the idea of adapting Olive's song "He Needs Me" from the 1980 Popeye
live-action movie musical into a sexy cut about the cartoon spinach eater.It's crazy, but when he can't sleep, I understand
Like pressure points, my love can ease him in my hand
'Cause (He needs me)
Jepsen told I.D.
: "We fell upon the creepy beauty and simplicity of the hook from 'He Needs Me' and tried to funk it up."