Reporting Courtney E. Smith
What do men really think about before the first time they have sex with a woman they care about? Jason Derulo’s new single, “The Other Side,” is here to answer exactly that question. Very specifically.
The track was co-written by Derulo with Martin Johnson (frontman of Boys Like Girls, co-writer of Avril Lavigne’s “Here’s To Never Growing Up” and Taylor Swift’s “If This Was A Movie”) and Joshua Coleman (Jordin Sparks “Watch You Go,” Ke$ha “We R Who We R”). With Derulo’s direct involvement and songwriter collaboration with a guy who worked on his girlfriend Jordin Sparks’ 2009 album Battlefield (and that lyric in the chorus where he says “Sparks fly like the Fourth of July” — a coded song lyric message if ever we’ve heard one), it’s hard not to think the song outlines the famous duo’s courtship. So, here are five things we learned about Derulo’s sex life from “The Other Side.”
1. “But we got closer/Soon you were eating off my spoon”
For Derulo, an intimate moment means sharing food. He’s not the only one — from the spaghetti sharing in Lady & The Tramp to those shared M&Ms and popcorn in The Wedding Planner, nothing says “I love you” like communal food. It’s no grosser than kissing, as far as sharing mouth germs goes!
2. “And then you’ll bite your lip/Whisper and say/We’re going all the way”
Derulo is kind of a sub and he likes it when Sparks tells him what to do.
3. “Tonight we’ll just get drunk/Disturb the peace/Find your hands all over me”
Again, kind of a submissive. And he likes to get drunk first! Most interestingly, he likes it when the lady is vocal.
4. “I see that sexy look in your eye/And I know we ain’t friends anymore/If we walk down this road we’ll be lovers for sho”
Derulo understands completely that sex will ruin a friendship. It’s one thing to share your food with someone but once you go down the s-e-x road, there’s no turning back.
5. “I know you’re nervous/So just sit back and let me drive”
After he feels confident, because his lady has put her hands all over him and given him the sexytime go-ahead, Derulo will take charge. This is good, it’s nice to switch it up.
In the end: Jason Derulo isn’t terribly different from most men, though he may be a little more submissive. He wants affirmations and physical affection, smartly seeks the full green-light before assuming his lady wants to have sex and is clever enough to know that sex can totally ruin your friendship — but will do it anyway when it’s worth it.