This was the only song on Janet Jackson's Control
album that was not co-written by Jimmy Jam
and Terry Lewis. It was written by Monte Moir, who played with Jam and Lewis in the band The Time. Moir came up with the music first, then wrote the verses, which gave him an idea of what the song was about and what he should use for a title. He says the song is about "Getting out of a situation that you don't want to be in."