R&B/Soul singer/songwriter Melanie Fiona was born to Guyanese immigrant parents and grew up in a music-filled house in the inner city of Toronto. Though Fiona had been writing her own songs for years, the introduction of songwriter Andrea Martin, whose written hits for En Vogue, Monica and SWV and the chance to tour with Kanye West, would prove seminal for her. Fiona's debut album, The Bridge, was released in the fall of 2009.
On this haunting track co-written by Andrea Martin, Fiona ponders if she's going insane as she pleads with a man whom she loves despite his treating her like dirt.
The song was Fiona's first entry in the Billboard Hot 100.
The song was inspired by an unhealthy relationship that Fiona experienced. She told MTV News that she knew the track could be a vessel to express herself, so she poured her emotions into it. Said Fiona: "I knew people would feel it, and it's just a great thing to know that I'm not alone in what I go through."
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