Thinking About You

Album: Channel Orange (2011)
Charted: 32

Songfacts®:

  • Frank Ocean originally wrote this ballad for Roc Nation artist and Jay-Z back up singer Bridget Kelly's debut studio album. After a reference track by Ocean was leaked on the internet on July 28, 2011, Kelly's version was retitled "Thinking About Forever."

    Ocean then filmed a High5Collective music video for the song, which was released on September 15, 2011, whilst Kelly's rendition ended up on her Every Girl EP.

    On March 8, 2012 a re-mastered version of the song by Ocean, slightly different from the original was leaked, which was later released as a single.
  • The song finds Ocean pondering about his girl as he drives to see her after receiving a text message. "I guess I'm just inspired to tell stories," Ocean told BBC News about his writing process. "You gotta make sure the listener is listening to you, so if you put it into a song, often times, if the song is striking enough, then you can really deliver the story most effectively while keeping the ear of the listener the whole time. I guess it all starts with the stories for me."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Yacht Rock QuizFact or Fiction

Christopher Cross with Deep Purple? Kenny Loggins in Caddyshack? A Fact or Fiction all about yacht rock and those who made it.

Elton JohnFact or Fiction

Does he have beef with Gaga? Is he Sean Lennon's godfather? See if you can tell fact from fiction in the Elton John edition.

When Rock Belonged To MichelobSong Writing

Michelob commercials generated hits for Eric Clapton, Genesis and Steve Winwood in the '80s, even as some of these rockers were fighting alcoholism.

Emilio Castillo from Tower of PowerSongwriter Interviews

Emilio talks about what it's like to write and perform with the Tower of Power horns, and why every struggling band should have a friend like Huey Lewis.

Verdine White of Earth, Wind & FireSongwriter Interviews

The longtime bassist of Earth, Wind & Fire discusses how his band came to do a holiday album, and offers insight into some of the greatest dance/soul tunes of all-time.

Michael BoltonSongwriter Interviews

Into the vaults for this talk with Bolton from the '80s when he was a focused on writing songs for other artists.