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Tell Me
Album: Press Play
Year: 2006

P. Diddy believes he’s a deity to Christina Aguilera in the controlling “Tell Me.”

Raucous drums and crowing keyboards open the single, setting a grody tone. In the intro, he tells her to keep moving her body.

“Can you feel me/Do that shit do that shit do it/Do that shit do that shit do it/Do that shit do that shit do it/Do that shit do that shit do it.”



In the first verse, he approaches her. He says for her to act like he’s a stranger and not a celebrity. He says that he knows she wants him. He can tell by looking into her eyes. He says he knows her already with one long glance. He says that usually, women listen to him and do what he wants. However, he’s taken in by her dance moves. He likes her subtle style and her expressive eyes. It’s turning him on and he fantasizes about them sleeping together. He says he doesn’t want anything from her. He’s not aiming for her to be his virgin/whore. He doesn’t want to lead her on. He simply wants to be in her presence.

“Oh yeah/On the dance floor/Yeah yeah yeah /Let’s play a game/On the dance floor (Oh yeah)/Yeah yeah yeah /Let's play a game/Let's pretend for a second/You don't know who I am or what I do/Let's just put it to the side/I can feel your heart beating/I can hear you breathing/Look into your eyes/Trying to see into your mind/See into your soul/See, no limits to the levelsDusk411 and you can go/When it's me, I take control/But it's something about you/That makes me wanna change/I like the way you dancing/And the way you play the game/I like the way you take away the pain/The way you tell me that you want it/Not saying a thing/The way you got me going/Got me going outta brains/I see us going at it/Going in and out of them lanes/I don't want your innocence/I don't want you to stutter/I don't want a commitment/I don't want you to suffer/I don't want your number/Baby, I want you to wonder/I want you to come up/Looking like something you wanna.”



In the pre-chorus, the woman, who is Christina Aguilera, finally speaks. She says she’s enthralled by him, too. She’s curious if they are going to share a dance. She also likes him and she finds herself nervous. She watches him get a drink from the bar. She thinks of him in her bedroom, naked, and waking up beside him. She’s not much of a pop culture person and doesn’t know who P. Diddy is. But she wants to learn about him.

“Tell me, what you thinking about/When you got me waiitng patiently/And usually, I don't have to wait for nobody/But there's something about you/That really got me feeling weak/And I'm trying to find the words to speak/Boy, I got my eyes on you/Tell me what you wanna do/I can picture you in my room/Until the morning/I don't even know your name/Boy, I need to know your name/I'm hoping that you feel the same/Tell me if you want it.”



In the chorus, Aguilera goes up to the bar and introduces herself. She says he’s going to like her moves. All he has to do is let her know what do and she’ll follow his rules. She says he’s welcome go home with her.

“I know you're gonna like it (I know)/So tell me how you want it (Tell me)/And you don't have to fight it (You don't)/Cause baby you're invited (Baby)/I know you're gonna like it (I know)/So tell me how you want it (Tell me)/And you don't have to fight it (You don't)/Cause baby you're invited (Baby).”



In the second verse, Diddy says he’s the embodiment of the perfect man. He’s what she’s been wanting all her life. She should feel privileged to be with him. He will challenge her and will cause her to change her standards. He says she’s unable to be calm around him. He says he will be the only man she will ever need. He can read her every thought and make her do his will. He says he was able to break her within seconds of meeting her. He says he wants to be a friend to her and show her what he’s capable of doing. He asks her to smoke a joint with him and get a different view of the world through him. He says she’s been waiting for him to arrive and that he’s a god to her.

“Your dreams fulfilled/You're rockin’ with the best, put your limits to the test/You're pulsating, your heart is beating outta your chest/You're hyperventilating, trying to catch your breath (Don't stop)/I'm the first, I'm the next, I'm the end/I'm the boss, in your thoughts, that'll make your mind bend/Look how I approach you, look how I expose you/The every move, now I know you/I don't wanna control you, I wanna console you/And do everything that I told you/Get high with me, come touch the sky with me/Fly with me, see life with new eyes with me (Don't stop)/I'm the dream, I'm the one, I'm the reason you come/I'm a king, I'm a hung, I'm a beast/I'm the last thing your eyes see/The passion's inside me, it's yours/Now come try me, c'mon.”



In the pre-chorus, she wants to know what he wants to do her. She says she’s sees them having a wonderful evening together. She likes being with him and he’s saying all the right things.

“Tell me, what you thinking about/When your hands is all on me/Cause I've been thinking about/All the possibilities/Ain't no other place that I really wanna be/Cause you're sweepin' me off my feet/Boy, I got my eyes on you/Tell me what you wanna do/I can picture you in my room/Until the morning/I don't even know your name/Boy, I need to know your name (do that shit, do that shit, do that shit)/I'm hoping that you feel the same (do that shit, do that shit, do that shit)/Tell me if you want it (do that shit, do that shit, do that shit).”



The chorus is sung again.

In the bridge, Aguilera says she’s an experienced lover. She can be kinky, traditional, or experimental. She’s not expecting a long-term relationship. It’s no strings attached. She aims to please only him.

“I got a selection of the positions of affection/With no pressure/So tell me/Tell me how you want it, tell me how you want it babe/I got a selection of the positions of affection/With no pressure
So tell me/Tell me how you want it/Tell me how you want it babe.”



The intro closes the song.

“Do that shit do that shit do it/Do that shit do that shit do it/Do that shit do that shit do it/Do that shit do that shit do it.”



P. Diddy fancies himself a hot guy. Women throw themselves at him all the time, exclaiming, “Diddy, you’re the man of my dreams!” However, she did not even say a word to him. She simply gazed at him and returned back to dancing. It’s what attracted to him to her. He thinks he will impress her by saying what all other women have told him before: he’s the ultimate man and no one will ever compare. Once she finds out who he is, she can’t help to fall.

His domineering, spoiled vocals are egoist and narcissitic. The only person who matters to him is him. Aguilera is simply something to be had, like a car or a yacht, and nothing more. It’s his pleasure that’s important, not hers. Aguilera’s malleable, clingy vocals are feeble and patchy. In the past, she would turn the song into her own (Ricky Martin’s “Nobody Wants To Be Lonely”, Nelly’s “Tilt Ya Head Back”). Here, she holds back, shirking from the spotlight. Her vocals spark briefly in the bridge, but it’s the only bright spot in the song. Considering she has built her image as a strong, empowered woman over the years, it’s puzzling and hypocritical for her to appear on a single where she is being dominated.

The pounding arrangement assails and lashes with choleric blows. The beat is knocked senseless, unable to function.

The abhorrent “Tell Me” is a major blunder.

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