Minaj quotes from the English nursery rhyme "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," which was originally an early 19th century poem by Jane Taylor. It was originally published in the 1806 collection Rhymes for the Nursery
under the title "The Star" and contains five stanzas. The children's song is sung to the tune of the 1761 French folk song "Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman," which was later arranged by Mozart for a piano composition consisting of twelve variations on the tune.
Minaj is not the first modern performer to borrow from the nursery rhyme. Staten Island doo-wop group The Elegants released a single adapted from it called "Little Star
", which made #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1958. Several decades later Scottish rock band Glasvegas recorded a track for their debut album, "S.A.D. Light
," which includes the lyrics "Twinkle Little Star/How I wonder what you are." Finally Nashville songwriter Skip Ewing
's tune "Someone Else's Star
" subtly borrows from the melody of the children's song.