In 2002, more than a few people debated the meaning of Tweet's red-hot debut single, "Oops (Oh My!)." But this time she's making her intentions crystal-clear with her new single, "Turn the Lights Off."
"It's about being home with someone that you're into and telling him to play some music that might take you to a certain place," Tweet said. "It's like, 'Turn the lights off, let's have a toast, put the needle on the record and let's get to know each other.' It's all about romance."
In fact, romance is the theme of almost every song on It's Me Again, which is due in March and has been revised considerably from the version that was planned for release last June (see "Tweet Gets Happy With Missy's Help, Duets With Daughter On It's Me Again"). Tweet's mentor, Missy Elliott, wrote six songs for the LP, including "Turn the Lights Off" and "My Man."
" 'My Man' is about having a boyfriend whose ex keeps coming back and you have to have this conversation with him and the girl: 'He's my man, my turf/ That's why I come first,' " Tweet explained.
In addition to Missy, Tweet also worked with producers like Timbaland, Kwame and Walter Milsap, among others. And while she and Missy wrote the majority of the album, songwriter Harold Lilly contributed "Sports, Sex & Food."
"I think that's for real because it's coming from a man's point of view," Tweet said of the song. "You don't have to be a sports fanatic, but sit down and watch a basketball game with him instead of getting mad because he wants to watch one. Just enjoy each other with that.
"As for food, my mother always told me the way to a man's heart is through the kitchen," she continued. "I don't want to touch on the sex too much because I do believe in waiting until marriage, but this is 2005 and that usually doesn't happen, so safe sex and things like that I will go for. [The song is] hitting on three great points."
Tweet kept the guest appearances light on It's Me Again with Missy, R&B soulster Rell ("Could It Be") and Tweet's daughter, Tashana ("The Two of Us"), weighing in.
"Because I have been gone so long, I didn't want to bring too many featured people," said Tweet. "I think people want to hear me, so I just added a few special things on there."
One of the "special things" Tweet is particularly proud of is the self-penned "You."
"That's my record," she said enthusiastically. "I was getting over another relationship [when I wrote it.] When a relationship is over you think back and wonder why you wasted your time: 'I was looking for a love that could be all mine, but instead I found you.'
"Sometimes you fall in love with the idea of being in love and not the person," she added. "I think that's what happened. I wanted to be in love so much till I didn't even see the person; I just saw the word 'love' and misconstrued it. I was blinded by the feeling. I'm changed now. I met a new friend and we're friends right now — we're taking it easy. I am getting to know him. We've talked about our pasts and futures. You have to get to know a person before you shoot out that four-letter word, because it's a powerful word."