In this song, India.Arie practices non-judgment, accepting the beliefs of others even when they contrast with her own.
The Atlanta-based singer began practicing yoga in 2006, and it became part of her daily routine - she would even bring a mat with her on the road. The spiritual aspect of yoga was a direct influence on this song. She explained to Yoga Journal: "The things that I say in that song are things that I always thought, but I guess I was afraid of it because I didn't want to offend anyone or go too far. But not being able to speak my true mind in my music was not sustainable. I'm not afraid anymore."
The chorus of "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir" in "Lady Marmalade" is French for "Do you want to sleep with me tonight?" When Labelle performed it on television, they had to change it to "Voulez-vous danser avec moi ce soir" (Do you want to dance with me tonight?).