This futuristic R&B tinged number was inspired by a recording session Minogue nearly canceled. The singer, who worked on the song with Pharrell Williams in Los Angeles during May 2013, admitted she was having a bad day before getting in the studio, but remained determined to keep herself together. "It was a dream come true because I've wanted to work with him for a long time," she told Capital FM about collaborating with Pharrell. "I had two days with him, and we did two songs, one of which is on my album and it's called 'I Was Gonna Cancel.'"
"Because I was having the worst day," Minogue continued, "you know... when you're having one of those days. Everything was too much!"
"So my second day going in I was literally talking to myself saying, 'Keep it together, this is a very important day, it's Pharrell'... And then I burst into tears as soon as I got there," she added. "That's why he wrote 'I Was Gonna Cancel' because I really didn't feel like going, but I kind of had to go."