According to the liner notes in the Prince compilation album The Hits / The B-Sides
, this song was inspired by Patrice Rushen, an R&B singer/songwriter ("Forget Me Nots
") who did some work programming synthesizers on Prince's debut album For You
. Apparently, Prince was smitten, but nothing came of it.
He offered both "I Wanna Be Your Lover" and "I Feel For You
" to Rushen, but she turned them down.