This is the title track of Carey's fourteenth studio album. The singer explained in a YouTube clip that the first half of its name is based on her "first and only self-portrait," which she drew when she was a child. "Please don't judge me for such a simplistic title. Come on, I was only three and a half," she chuckles in the clip. Her drawing is featured on the album's back cover.
Carey added that the second half of the album's title, "The Elusive Chanteuse," is a nickname she's adopted recently, following other personas like "Mimi" and "MC."
Summarizing the record's concept, Carey said: "This album is a reflection of some of the peaks and valleys that made me who I am today. I've always known me. I am Mariah."
Ronnie Van Zant wrote the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic "Gimme Three Steps" after making the mistake of dancing with a girl whose boyfriend was in the bar and probably had a gun. He asked for a 3-step head start.
"Abracadabra" was inspired by Diana Ross and The Supremes. Steve Miller first met the girl group when they performed together on NBC's Hullabaloo in 1966, and he wrote the lyrics after spotting Diana Ross skiing in the mountains years later.