Together Again

Album: The Velvet Rope (1998)
Charted: 4 1

Songfacts®:

  • This song was Janet's dedication to all of her friends she lost to AIDS. She said they would be together again in heaven. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Shirl - Bay Area, CA
  • Janet Jackson told newnownext.com that this song was "very personal for me. I lost a lot of friends and people that I worked with to this disease (AIDS). I caught drama for that too: Before I wrote the song, I told some of the people at the label the concept for the song, and they didn't think it was a good idea - 'I don't think you should do that.' I said, 'Why shouldn't I?' Because whatever, whatever. I thought, 'You know, this is really stupid.' It was in my heart."
  • Jackson wrote this song with the songwriting/production team Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and her then-husband Rene Elizondo Jr. Elizondo also directed one of the music videos for the song, which shows Jackson reminiscing in her apartment about a friend she lost.
  • Jimmy Jam explains there were two different versions of this song: "We did one where there was a long intro inspired by Donna Summer's 'Last Dance,' where it started off really slow before kicking into the beat. We thought it was a cool contrast, kicking into the more uptempo, house beat. We always figured radio would play the version that's immediately fast, but surprisingly enough, a lot of stations played the slow version."

Comments: 13

  • Ag from Stoney CreekThank you creators for this song and off couse - Ms Jackson - I can never listen to this song without tears flowing for my Abbi who I lost
  • Rockcrusher5@yahoo.com from Rockcrusher5@yahoo.com1963 song by Buck Owens of the same title
  • Michael from AustinFirst of all the folks (haters) with negative comments are obviously uneducated, and that's ok. AIDS is a definition of many different illnesses and lab numbers. No one country has the same definition. You can live in Africa and be defined as AIDS under their definition, but yet in the USA you would not be defined as AIDS. This is because the USA uses a different definition of what is considered AIDS.
    Secondly...people don't die of AIDS. People die from HIV complications. If you take your medication, usually one pill per day you will live a normal lifetime. Oh, and promiscuity doesn't cause AIDS. Unsafe sexual practice, one or 100 partners may cause one to contract HIV, not AIDS.
    Thirdly...God judges who goes to heaven or hell. NOT YOU.
    And finally... Together Again is great song that's inspirational with a positive message. And no one is going to hell. And FYI, I've been HIV+ for 19 years and trust me... I'm not going to hell.
  • Eros from Tenerife, SpainI have seen an interview where Janet told the origins of this song:
    One of her fans wrote to her explaining how hurt she was that her dad died recently and Janet answered her letter telling her that no matter what her dad will be always watching over her and that she should stop suffering because one day they will be together again. And that is how Janet herself explained the birth of this song.
  • Paul from Bozeman, MtWhen is the human race going to pull their heads out of their asses (note: Lucas and Fulu), grow-up, and stop believing in antiquated superstitious beliefs? Our civilization could advance so much faster if we used reason, logic, and rational thinking rather than being driven by self-righteous, illogical, religious, supernatural bulls--t?
  • Lalah from Wasilla, AkI think we've all arrived at a very special place. Spiritually, ecumenically, grammatically.
  • Ekristheh from Halath, United StatesLucas - No, AIDS is an illness. Pat Robertson is a punishment from God.
  • Cj09 from Baltimore, Mdi just find this site but wowwwwwwww the thing's people have to say i love this song and i feel the meaning i have lost lots of friends by Aid's n now i have it from a untrue person but you never know what card the lord will give you so don't sit on here n talk about people in a bad way. always know when that last day come it's not you that a person have to stand in front of be the lord.but you don't have to be gay to get it you can lot's of ways and if you real want to know about it type it up on the computer.
  • Constance from Dallas, TxDying of AIDS has nothing to do with weather you go to hell or not. If you repent and confess (which is a change of mind, will and state) you can go to heaven. There is nothing that God doesn't forgive if you go to him. No of us deserves God’s mercy and forgiveness. We all are sinners. It’s by grace that forgiveness is granted. So go kick rocks!
  • Fulu Thompho from Limpopo, South AfricaLucas!! That's true, if a person dies of AIDS chances of seeing heaven are very slim. janet'd rather go to hell if she needs to meet those who die of AIDS she'll be "together again" with them there. sorry for being a little bit controversial
  • Lalah from Wasilla, AkMy daughter started playing this song about a month after her best friend died, (over and over and over). It wasn't her usual fare but somebody gave her one of those "Now this is music" CDs and this was on it. Until then I didn't realize that Janet Jackson has such a pleasant voice.
    Don't judge so harshly, Lucas. Unless you want to be judged just as hard. Our God is a patient one and perhaps his children who die of AIDS return to Him at the moment they let go. REPENT!
  • Miya from Mcclure, PaThat's not the only way to get AIDS, you know. Anyway, I like this song a lot.
  • Lucas from Brookings, SdPeople who get aids from dirty needles and promiscuity are unlikely to go to heaven. Just thought I should note that. Our God is a vengeful one.
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