Song of the Day #3,603: ‘Make Me Feel ‘ – Janelle Monáe

Multi-hyphenate Janelle Monáe took five years off between albums, following 2013’s The Electric Lady, during which she exercised her acting chops in the Oscar-nominated films Hidden Figures and Moonlight.

Her third album, Dirty Computer, dropped in February and it was worth the wait. It’s filled with sexy funk and soul filtered through the ‘alien visiting Earth’ vibe she has honed since 2010’s The ArchAndroid. This time around it comes with a large helping of bisexuality, and an accompanying film that features Tessa Thompson as her lover. Alert next year’s Pulitzer Prize jury!

First single ‘Make Me Feel’ is a straight-up homage to Prince (especially ‘Kiss’), and indeed his Purple Highness worked with Monáe on the album before he “passed on to another frequency,” as she puts it.

It’s a great song and an even greater video. Bravo!

[Verse 1]
Baby, don’t make me spell it out for you
All of the feelings that I’ve got for you
Can’t be explained, but I can try for you
Yeah, baby, don’t make me spell it out for you
You keep on asking me the same questions (why?)
And second-guessing all my intentions
Should know by the way I use my compression
That you’ve got the answers to my confessions

[Pre-Chorus]
It’s like I’m powerful with a little bit of tender
An emotional sexual bender
Mess me up, yeah, but no one does it better
There’s nothin’ better

[Chorus]
That’s just the way you make me feel
(That’s just the way you make me feel)
That’s just the way you make me feel
(That’s just the way you make me feel)
So good, so good, so fuckin’ real
(So good, so good, so fuckin’ real)
That’s just the way you make me feel
(That’s just the way you make me feel)
That’s just the way you make me feel

[Verse 2]
You know I love it, so please don’t stop it
You got me right here in your jean pocket (right now)
Laying your body on a shag carpet (oh)
You know I love it so please don’t stop it

[Pre-Chorus]
It’s like I’m powerful with a little bit of tender
An emotional sexual bender
Mess me up, yeah, but no one does it better
There’s nothin’ better

[Chorus]
That’s just the way you make me feel
(That’s just the way you make me feel)
That’s just the way you make me feel
(That’s just the way you make me feel)
So good, so good, so fuckin’ real
(So good, so good, so fuckin’ real)
That’s just the way you make me feel
(That’s just the way you make me feel)
That’s just the way you make me feel

[Bridge]
That’s just the way that I feel now, baby
Good God! I can’t help it! Agh!
Hey! That’s just the way that I feel, yeah
Please! I can’t help it

[Pre-Chorus]
It’s like I’m powerful with a little bit of tender
An emotional, sexual bender
Mess me up, yeah, but no one does it better (oh!)
There’s nothin’ better (better!)
(Damn)

[Chorus]
That’s just the way you make me feel
(That’s just the way you make me feel)
That’s just the way you make me feel
(That’s just the way you make me feel)
So good, so good, so fuckin’ real
(So good, so good, so fuckin’ real)
That’s just the way you make me feel
(That’s just the way you make me feel)
That’s just the way you make me feel

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3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,603: ‘Make Me Feel ‘ – Janelle Monáe

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I really like this, though given the Prince influence and vibe, that’s not too surprising.

  2. willedare says:

    Wow. That’s quite a song and video with which to start the morning!!! Thank you for turning me on (literally) to this song.

  3. Peg Clifton says:

    I like this song a lot and it certainly reminds me of Prince

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